How to implement Aspire Engage

With a growing number of universities considering how they can turn their bursary expenditure into a strategic driver of student engagement, we are pleased to be working with a number of institutions looking to adopt Aspire Engage for the next academic year. Aspire Engage offers a number of advantages over cash bursaries including: Universities can […]

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Driving engagement with Social Media Management students

The StudyPlus scheme at the University of Sunderland awards home, EU and international students up to £200 of funds to spend on learning resources to support the University’s aims to improve attainment and deliver better outcomes for students. To date, we have around 4800 students benefitting from the scheme, with this number to increase by […]

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What do students think about Aspire Engage schemes?

On many of our Aspire Engage schemes we are fortunate enough to get detailed feedback from students on how they perceive the benefits of the scheme at their university. Our most recent survey produced results that are in line with other surveys we have conducted over the past 10 years. Knowing about the scheme before […]

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Supporting Student Mental Wellbeing

Mental health problems are on the rise in universities, but support is too fragmented 15.02.2019 The Guardian The Affects: 1 in 4 Students Student Suicides have reached record levels Dropout rates have trebled University Counselling Services are stretched Student mental health support and awareness has been a huge talking point in the sector for some […]

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Our evolving engagement and business models

For a business that can trace its roots back to 1751 when John Smith started his bookselling career at the University of Glasgow, it is not surprising that our business has been through a number of changes. This continues today as we focus the business on our Aspire Engage engagement solutions. Over the past two […]

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How students rate Aspire Engage

One question that we are frequently asked is how do students rate Aspire Engage schemes, where do the schemes make a difference and do they help promote engagement. We regularly conduct student surveys to gauge student opinion and to get feedback on how schemes and our performance can be improved. Last year, one university with […]

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Get me on that spreadsheet! ‘Excel’ing at Student Protection…

The OfS Register lists all the English higher education providers officially registered by the OfS. It is a single, authoritative reference about a provider’s regulatory status. The register means providers in England now have to demonstrate that they meet baseline requirements relating to quality, student protection, financial sustainability, and (for those wanting to charge higher […]

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Digital pricing models

A Wonkhe piece on JISC Collections mentioned that one of the frustrations JISC has is with publishers’ “pricing is still based on a print model, something totally inappropriate for the digital age” (https://wonkhe.com/blogs/jisc-collections-inside-the-sectors-infrastructure/). While that is broadly true and the lack of digital pricing models are holding back the adoption of digital learning resources, there […]

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Using Social Media to Engage with Students

Knowledge is power. But how powerful is sharing our knowledge amongst our team? We all share knowledge every day: at work, at home or across different channels. But what does effective team knowledge sharing look like in the field of stakeholder engagement? I’ve been employed at John Smith Group for 4 months now as an […]

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