University wins award for providing enhanced dissertation support

Nottingham Trent University has been given a national award for a pilot scheme which provides students with enhanced support for dissertation research.

Nottingham Trent University has been given a national award for a pilot scheme which provides students with enhanced support for dissertation research.

The National Acquisitions Group (NAG) award for excellence recognised the efforts made by the University to give final year undergraduates and taught postgraduate students the book titles they need, when they need them.

By working with five major academic publishers, the scheme made available, for immediate access, 56,000 additional e-books appropriate to final year study. If even then the library did not have a copy of the required book, it undertook to provide one within three working days.

Mark Toole, head of libraries and learning resources at Nottingham Trent University, said: "This imaginative use of new business models and digital technology ensures we can enhance our support for the wider reading of students working on their dissertations. The new service has had a positive impact on many students, evidenced by unsolicited testimonials and a sharp increase in student satisfaction."

The award's judging panel received a number of high quality applications, all from teams doing innovative work to develop the acquisitions process through the use of technology. Although the Nottingham Trent University project is not dissimilar to initiatives being run by other universities, it focused on a particular group and used a number of ideas to deliver results. They were also able to present clear evidence of their success.

Simon Skinner, sales director of Discovery and Commerce Solutions - Nielsen Book, commented: "Nielsen Book is proud to sponsor the NAG award for the fifth year. The NAG Award offers a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate success and innovation within library acquisitions.

"Nielsen would like to thank NAG and the judging panel for their work and to congratulate Nottingham Trent University for their achievement."

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University wins award for providing enhanced dissertation support

Published on 24 August 2015
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