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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Launching the Study Plus scheme at University of Sunderland

Study Plus supports student study and success by providing funds for learning resources. It was great to be supporting this fantastic scheme. The Study Plus student ambassadors at University of Sunderland. This academic year there are over 100,000 students who are benefitting from Aspire Engage schemes such as Study Plus. Universities partnering with Aspire Engage […]

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Should learning resources be provided as part of tuition fees

Previously we have discussed the arguments for including learning resources as part of tuition fees and the positive impact this can have on student recruitment, retention, engagement and attainment. This post considers some of the arguments against this approach. Isn’t this what our library does? It is impossible not to be impressed by the way […]

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Why learning resources should be part of tuition fees.

This is the first of a series of three blog posts that discuss why learning resources should be included within student fees. This first post examines the reasons why this would benefit students and universities, the second will discuss objections to this approach and the last will look at what and how resources might be […]

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