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Talis Insight Europe 2019: a review

The event for HE library and tech professionals returns to Birmingham, addressing the latest developments in the sector

Talis Insight Europe 2019 is a two ­day event held in Birmingham for higher education library professionals. It is held by education software company Talis Aspire, to bring together their community of80+ institutions across the UK and Europe to explore the latest in higher education technology and the newest developments at Talis.

The keynotes

The opening keynote came from Andy Beggan, dean of digital education at the University ofLincoln, who explained how they had approached this. The closing keynote came from Ale Armellini, dean oflearning and teaching, and director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton who talked about the innovative projects happening there. Beggan acknowledged from the outset in his session that not everyone is prepared for a complete digital overhaul. People can be divided into four groups, depending on their digital scepticism or enthusiasm and their level of learning innovation or learning = constancy. They understand that “simple best” in order to ensure that all members of staff and students can keep up with the latest tools or devices available at the university. Armellini opened his talk with some of the surprising new methods in force at their Waterside campus. The most shocking being an absence of staff offices and lecture theatres. Throughout his session, Ale explains that it is not the content, technology or physical space that a lecturer uses that is important, but the way in which it is used. “Content is not king, context is.” He explained all the new benefits they are experiencing, and what exactly the lecturers do with all of their books!

Hearing from the Talis Aspire community 

As well as the ‘big-picture’ sessions that explained the wider topics in higher education at the moment, there were also many sessions throughout the two days from Talis Aspire users, sharing their experiences of working with Talis Aspire in their institution. They covered topics from analytics to academic adoption, from implementation to integrations. These bite-sized case studies were a fantastic way for Talis Aspire users to see what was happening in other institutions and ask questions.

The Talis awards

At Talis Insight, the Talis Awards take place to celebrate the successes of the Talis Aspire user community of the past 12 months.

1. Talis Aspire User Group Creativity Award

The Talis Aspire User Group (TAUG) award for creativity is voted for by a panel of TAUG representatives, from a shortlist of nominations from our TAUG community on their recent projects and achievements that show creativity and out-of-the-box, innovative ideas.

Winner: University of Kent
Runners-up: University ofBirmingham and the University of Surrey

2. Excellence in Marketing and Engaging academics

The Talis Award for Excellence in Marketing and Engaging Academics is for universities that show a dedication to academic adoption, impressive and creative methods and a well-executed plan.

Winner: Auckland University of Technology
Runners-up: Northumbria University and the University of East Anglia

3. Excellence in Implementation and Management

The Talis Award for Excellence in Implementation and Management is for a university that shows dedication to implementing Talis Aspire, has got stuck into the Talis Aspire community, and has shown impressive organisation and effort put in to achieve their migration goals.

Winner: University of the Highlands and Islands
Runners-up: Regent’s University London, London Metropolitan University and the University of Oxford

4. Talis Advocate of the Year 2019 

This award celebrates someone who has done something exceptional with Talis Aspire this year. Perhaps someone who has stood out for their creative ideas, their talent in spotting opportunities for improvements in their use ofTalis Aspire, or has impressed with their motivation and dedication to reading lists.

Winner: Peta Hanley from Deakin University
Runner-up: Rob Challis from the University of Bristol

5. Talis University of the Year 2019

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.

Winner: University of the West of England, Bristol
Runners-up: University of Dundee and Deakin University


If you’d like to find out more about Talis Insight Europe 2019, visit: www.talis.com/insight