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Great insights into the Books Plus scheme at Anglia Ruskin University - 18/08/17

Vlogger and 2nd year student Lucie Hamilton provides a tremendous overview of the benefits of the Books Plus scheme at Anglia Ruskin University.

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More leading business schools are adopting digital resources to support their undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning courses - 31/07/17

JS Group is delighted to announce that along with our partner Kortext we will be working with the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, Leeds University Business School and the Strathclyde Business School on new eBooks provisions for 2017/18.

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JS Group welcomes the new Joint Consortia Framework Agreement for Books and eBooks as a major contribution to increasing service standards and transparency in the provision of learning resources to students - 06/07/17

With so many universities looking at new, innovative ways to support blended learning and to provide students with their learning resources, JS Group welcomes the new Joint Consortia Framework Agreement (the Agreement) as a major contribution to increasing transparency and establishing best practice and service standards in the provision of resources to students.

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More universities adopt the Aspire platform as they continue to invest in learning resources to support student learning - 29/06/17

JS Group is delighted to announce that a number of new universities have adopted the Aspire platform to deliver cashless learning resources bursaries to students.

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The Teaching Excellence Framework highlights the benefits of Aspire - 23/06/17

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awards have now been published and JS Group was very encouraged to see that a number of universities had highlighted the positive impact that their Aspire schemes have on student engagement and outcomes.

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York St John University adopt Aspire for 2017/18 - 28/03/17

JS Group is delighted to announce that York St John University has adopted JS Group’s Aspire Bursary Management Solution for implementation from the 2017/18 academic year.

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JS Group 2015/16 Financial Results and Current Trading Update - 28/03/17

JS Group is pleased to announce its financial results for the year ending 31st May 2016 and to provide an update on current trading.

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JS Group Press Release - 20/09/16

University of Worcester adopts Aspire to support student learning.

The University of Worcester is a fast growing, innovative institution with a clear focus on inclusion and on providing all students with the best possible education and experience.  The University has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year award.

The University of Worcester has partnered with JS Group to develop an Aspire scheme that will support student learning and success.  All 1st year undergraduates starting this year will receive a cashless Aspire bursary to help them purchase their learning resources.  In addition, some students will receive a Samsung tablet that has been pre-loaded with University resources and eBooks on the Kortext platform.

Commenting on this new Aspire adoption, Peter Gray, Chairman and CEO of JS Group, said: "We could not be more delighted that Worcester is joining the growing number of universities who see Aspire as an integral means of supporting student learning.  Worcester has a clear commitment to excellent student support and their new Aspire scheme will add to the outstanding teaching and learning environment their students enjoy."

JS Group announces appointment of new Group Commercial Director - 30/06/16

John Smith & Son Group Limited announced today that David Marshall has been promoted to the Group’s Executive Board of Directors as Group Commercial Director.

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JS Group welcomes Professor Michael Thorne as Strategic Advisor to the Board - 30/05/16

JS Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Thorne as a Strategic Advisor to the Board. In this role, Professor Thorne will advise on business strategy and Higher Education policy and practice.

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The inaugural AUA John Smith’s Essay prize - 23/03/16

JS Group is delighted to announce that the winner of the AUA John Smith’s Essay Prize was Andrew Fisher for his article ‘Towards an orderly exit regime in English higher education’. Andrew was presented with his prize at the AUA conference in Leeds on Tuesday.

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John Smith’s work with UK universities honoured at the 2016 APS Awards and Conference - 18/03/16

JS Group is delighted to announce that John Smith’s has won 2 awards at the Booksellers Association 2016 APS (Academic, Professional and Specialist Group) Conference in recognition of the work it does to support universities and students throughout the UK.

John Smith’s has been named Academic and Professional Chain Bookseller of the Year. This is the ninth time in ten years that John Smith’s has won this award.

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JS Group releases its annual accounts and reports strong growth in the Higher Education market - 26/02/16

JS Group is pleased to report its annual results for the 2014/15 financial year. Highlights for the year include:

  • Delivering market leading growth of 8.2% in the UK HE market with book sales up 13.1%
  • Four more universities adopt Aspire
  • eBook sales from a standing start represent 13% of book sales
  • Strong growth in ecommerce sales, up 18.7%
  • Growth of nearly 30% at JS International in Botswana
  • Further expected declines in the UK legal market

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JS Group announces recruitment of a new Director of International Operations based in Botswana - 25/02/16

John Smith & Son Group Limited is delighted to announce that John Moir has been appointed as Director of International Operations based in Botswana. John is taking over from Ann Goodwin, who will be moving back to the UK at the beginning of June.

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JS Group appoints Brian Hipkin as an expert adviser - 26/02/16

JS Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Hipkin as an expert adviser on the Higher Education market. Brian has significant experience both as a senior university leader and as a policy thought leader.

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John Smith’s website recognised as one of the Top 500 Retail websites in the UK - 11/02/16

John Smith’s website has been recognised as one of the UK’s Top 500 Retail websites in the prestigious and authoritative InternetRetailing annual survey. John Smith’s joins other well-known brands including WH Smith and Waterstones in this research based survey that recognises “leading ecommerce and cross-channel” retailers.

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JS Group announces recruitment of new Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer - 02/11/15

John Smith & Son Group Limited announced today that Sam Bursey has joined the Group’s Executive Board of Directors. Sam brings with him 18 years Industry and Big 4 experience and a detailed understanding of Strategic and Operational finance. Additionally, whilst working in fast-moving environments and industries (that include Professional and Support Services, Education, Sport/Leisure, Digital and Retail) Sam has established a track record of building and developing scalable top performing teams across a number of different functions.

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JS International and Botho University, Botswana, enter into a partnership to deliver better educational outcomes for Botho University students - 29/04/15

JS International and Botho University have entered into an agreement that will see JS International providing Botho University students with access to world class textbooks and learning resources on campus and online.

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John Smith’s work with UK universities honoured at the 2015 APS Awards and Conference - 12/03/15

JS Group is delighted to announce that John Smith’s has won 4 awards at the Booksellers Association 2015 APS (Academic, Professional and Specialist Group) Conference in recognition of the work it does to support universities and students throughout the UK.

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JS Group Full Year Results 2013/14 and Trading Update for 2014/15 - 04/03/15

Strong growth in Higher Education revenues at JS Group. JS Group is today sharing details of its 2013/14 financial performance and providing an update on current trading.

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Alison Baccar Appointed Hammicks Sales Director - 20/02/15

Hammicks is delighted to announce that Alison Baccar joins the business today as Sales Director. In this role, Alison will help drive sales not only of our information management services such as Hammicks Direct, Hammicks Managed Services and Hammicks Audit Management but also our new software and services such as Office Manager from Law Client and Mondaq.

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Hammicks to create largest UK legal distribution centre - 28/01/15

Hammicks Legal Information Services has today revealed a new focus on customer service and delivery for 2015. In a move designed to create one of the UK’s largest book distribution operations, Hammicks will, from February, move its operations to an enlarged distribution centre in Southampton.

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In The News - As Seen On the BBC website : University gives free tablet computer to new students - 18/09/14

The University of East London is giving 4,000 students computers pre-loaded with digital textbooks.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - Coventry University joins with JS Group and Kortext to deliver its 'No Hidden Extras' commitment - 25/07/14

Coventry University is committed to supporting student success through its high standards of teaching and academic support.

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OFFA Research - Bursaries help improve student retention - 11/03/14

OFFA has recently released some research that has looked at whether bursaries help improve student retention. Clearly there is more research required to look at the overall benefits of bursaries, and in particular the different outcomes for cash bursaries versus more targeted awards.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - Samsung Collaborates With Kortext And John Smith's Group - 11/03/14

Kortext, John Smith's Group and Samsung announce collaboration on content and device to UK Higher Education.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - Trading Update - 06/01/14

Covering the performance of John Smith's in the UK for the first half of the financial year to 30th November 2013.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - New student store at Swansea University - 17/09/13

JS Group is delighted to announce that a new John Smith's student store will be opening at Swansea University for the start of the 2013/14 academic year.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - 2012-13 Trading Update - 23/08/13

JS Group is delighted to announce continued strong growth for its higher education businesses for the year 2012/13. Overall revenue increased by 19% to £24.9m (2011/12 14%) reflecting good take-up of our Aspire bursary management platform by universities in the UK and Africa.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - Joint Consortia Book Agreement ~ JS Group in successful tender - 13/08/13

JS Group is dedicated to delivering better outcomes and added value to universities and students. JS Group is delighted to announce that that it can do both following a successful award under the Joint Consortia Book Agreement in partnership with its digital content partner Kortext.

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John Smith's Success at APS Awards Press Release - 2013 - 22/03/13

For the seventh time in eight years, John Smith & Son Group Limited has won the Academic and Professional Chain Bookseller of the Year award at the 2013 Academic, Professional & Specialist Booksellers Group Conference in Brighton.

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John Smith & Son Group Limited Press Release - 2011/12 full-year results - 26/02/13

John Smith & Son today released its 2011/12 full-year results. These reflect strong, sustained growth in the UK and internationally from its Higher Education division, JS Group.

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Largest Take-Up of Core Digital Textbooks in the United Kingdom Delivered To the University of East London and Regents College in Partnership with Kortext - 21/01/13

On the 8th January 2013, John Smith's announced that, in partnership with Kortext, it has engaged with the University of East London and Regents College to deliver core textbooks in digital and print formats to over 2,000 students.

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UK Focused Digital Textbook Offering Launched in Partnership with Kortext - 05/11/12

On the 23rd September 2012, John Smith's announced the launch of its digital textbook platform for the UK Higher Education market in partnership with Kortext.

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John Smith Design Awards 2013 - 07/09/12

John Smith & Son Ltd, Academic Bookseller of the year 2012, announces the launch of a nationwide design competition for the fashion stationery market.

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John Smith's wins top academic bookseller awards - 28/03/12

For the sixth time in the last seven years, John Smith's was voted Academic & Professional Chain Bookseller of the Year at the awards dinner during the recent Academic, Professional & Specialist Booksellers Group Conference in Warwick.

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2010/11 Performance Press Release - 28/03/12

JS Group, a market leading information partner dedicated to delivering better outcomes to customers in the Higher Education (HE) and legal markets, today released its 2010/11 full-year results which reflect steady and sustained improvement in operating performance despite difficult market conditions.

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