On the evening of Day One of our conference, Talis Insight Europe 2017, we held an awards dinner, to celebrate successes in the Talis Aspire User Group community in both Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

This is the third year we have held Talis Insight and hosted the Talis awards. Each year we look back and reflect on the success and achievement of our customers and the way they engage on behalf of their students and academics to deliver an outstanding service to all. It’s a great opportunity for us to share what our customers have been doing in their universities with the Talis Aspire community and to continue conversations from earlier in the day.

There were four Talis awards this year, The Talis Aspire User Group award is selected by representatives from the Talis Aspire User Group community, who invited nominations from their peers. The other three were nominated and chosen by members of the Talis team to highlight successes and achievements that we have noticed within the community.


Polly Harper and Ann-Marie James, Talis Aspire User Group representatives presented the ‘Talis User Group Creativity award’, which received many great submissions, demonstrating creative methods of promoting the use of Talis Aspire within the institution or creative ways of making the most of Talis Aspire. They said that “The creativity shown (in all submissions) ranged from real problem solving and university-wide strategic thinking through to fun and engaging ways of using Talis Aspire in ways we had never considered before”.

The Talis nominated awards were presented at the awards dinner by Alison Spencer, Head of Services at Talis. There were three categories, to highlight different stages of a journey with Talis Aspire. Firstly, ‘The Talis award for Excellence in Implementation and Management’ for an institution who has just started using Talis Aspire, ‘The Talis Award for Excellence in Marketing and Engaging academics’, for an institution that has created successful promotional campaigns and finally, ‘The award for the Talis University of Year’, for an institution who is showing all round best practice and effective results.

Here are the results:

Talis Aspire User Group Award for Creativity

Winner: University of Kent
Commended: Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Westminster

Excellence in Implementation and Management

Winner: University of the West of England, Bristol
Commended: Edge Hill University and the University of Essex

Excellence in Marketing and Engaging Academics

Winner: Victoria, University of Wellington
Commended: Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of West London

Talis University of the Year

Winner: Manchester Metropolitan University
Commended: University of Leicester and Deakin University

Talis would like to congratulate all the winners and commendations, and thank all who nominated their institution.

We will be publishing more posts over the coming weeks, with information on the impressive work the winners have been doing with Talis Aspire. We will also be announcing the special commendations in each category and explaining what they have done to stand out.

Watch this space!

You can find out more about Talis Insight Europe 2017 here, or go to talis.com/insight to see photos, tweets and presentation recordings.