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The Talis Awards 2019: Talis University of the Year 2019

Natalie Naik
Talis Awards

We held the Talis Awards at Talis Insight Europe 2019. It’s a great chance to reflect on the brilliant work being done by our Talis Aspire users around the globe. Find out about the winners and runners-up of the Talis University of the Year…

The Talis University of the Year award is for a university that has shown continued, all-round dedication to improving student experience and library workflows with Talis Aspire, and is an engaged member of the Talis Aspire community.

The winner in this category was the University of the West of England, Bristol. Here’s why:

“The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) have had a phenomenal year and stood out for University of the Year. They have achieved 100% academic list creation/ownership, this was their goal from the beginning, and the team have achieved this through a multi-pronged approach, with the key being communication. As a result of their marketing plan, and implementing a number of strategies, they have a high percentage of reading list coverage, and are continuing to see that grow on a daily basis.

This year alone they have moved from the DCS to Talis Aspire Digitised Content, and changed their workflows, both giving them more time, and more efficient ways of ensuring students have access to the necessary resources. UWE are always keen to be involved in the early testing of new features, with the recent Askews & Holts work, and new List Edit. It is great to have a university so keen to engage.”


The runners up for the University of the Year were University of Dundee and Deakin University. Here’s what made them stand out:

“Deakin University (Deakin) place their students at the centre of all they do. In particular they have ensured reading lists are embedded wherever the students are, examples are DeakinSync, Library search results, CloudDeakin, and most recently the Deakin Genie mobile app.

Deakin have worked with Talis as a beta partner on a number of developments in Talis Aspire. Deakin are always engaged, providing detailed feedback and use cases. They continue to partner with us on other projects that benefit all users most recently the COinS bookmarking with EBSCO.

Deakin are a great example of a university willing to share their experience, encouraging others to try new things. We look forward to continuing to partner with the team at Deakin.”


The University of Dundee collect their award from Talis CEO, David Errington


Congratulations to Deakin University. Here’s why The University of Dundee were awarded with runner up in this category:

“The University of Dundee (Dundee) have been a proactive beta partner for new List Edit from UX feedback and testing, to Early Beta with Academics. Helping uncover some early bugs, and liaising with the Academic to get the information we needed to resolve them swiftly. Dundee are willing to try new things and call on friendly academics when needed so that they can help shape the improvements in Talis Aspire.

Dundee are always striving to see what they can do next, and are never happy to just be in a “business as usual” mode. Dundee are a great example of a beta partner and how engaging academics in early testing is very beneficial.”


Congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate with you each year and to watch our user community achieve great things.

Find out about the other award category winners here. If you’d like to see more content from Talis Insight Europe 2019, click here.

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