UK universities win big at Talis Insight Europe

UK higher education institutions win three of four 2018 awards

The Talis Awards are held at Talis Insight Europe each year, and celebrate successes amongst the global community of 100 universities that use Talis Aspire to manage their online reading lists and copyright management.

The fourth annual Talis Insight Europe took place in Birmingham this year, with the awards falling on the evening of day one of the conference, in the Library of Birmingham’s stunning book rotunda.

There are four award categories, one of which is nominated and selected by the Talis Aspire User Group (TAUG) community.

TAUG award
The TAUG award is for creativity and is awarded to a university that has shown innovative thinking in their projects around promoting Talis Aspire. This year, the award went to Northumbria University for their dashboard initiative. This project showcased the top statistics in Talis Aspire using reporting tools and creative design.

Rebecca Naughten, Reading Lists Assistant at Northumbria University (below), said: “Higher education is increasingly making use of data analytics to inform a variety of strategic planning, and to demonstrate the positive impact, growth, and value of services – as acknowledged by Talis’s development plans for enhanced analytics. It is gratifying to receive recognition from the user community for the work that we have invested in our analytics dashboard, and we appreciated the chance to share what we had done.

Excellence in Marketing and Engaging Academics
The award for ‘Excellence in Marketing and Engaging Academics’ went to the University of Worcester, who made it clear that academics and students are at the heart of what they do. They showed that they had embraced integration with their VLE, so their academics could enhance the teaching of their modules. Sarah Pittaway, Team Leader: Academic Services the University of Worcester said “The Academic Services team have done an amazing job over the past couple of years, shifting the reading list conversation from compliance and mandating, to pedagogic benefits and improved student experience. The award is also a great testament to our academic colleagues who have embraced the benefits that a well-thought out reading list can bring to their students.”

Excellence in Implementation and Management
The award for ‘Excellence in Implementation and Management’ went to Aston University who joined Talis Aspire not long after Talis Insight Europe 2017. In the past year they had shown a real dedication to implementing Talis Aspire and impressed Talis with their organisation and commitment. Heather Whitehouse, Director of Information Resources and Research Services at Aston University said “When Aston made the decision to move to Talis Aspire in June last year the institution already had reading lists embedded in all of our VLE modules and an academic staff who were used to maintaining and delivering their lists via a reading list system. Both the pressure and the stakes were high but we’re used to working under pressure and with the help and support from staff at Talis we managed it.”

Talis University of the Year 2018
Talis University of the Year 2018 went to the University of Auckland, who are an exemplar of what can be achieved using Talis. They have shown real dedication to Talis with their willingness to engage with the wider TAUG community, and in participating in a beta programme with Talis which takes a great deal of time and effort on their part. Helen Whiteman, Manager, Reading Lists Transition at the University of Auckland said: “This has been a great learning opportunity for us. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Talis and other universities in our community, and continuing to contribute to future developments.”

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