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 What is Aspire?


Aspire is the university online reading list system – an easy to use tool that provides students with links to core reading materials.

In addition to streamlining student access to resources, Aspire also allows you to monitor the usage of your lists, and easily add or remove items.

To get started, please see the “Guide to using Aspire” below, or for advice on how we can support you to create and maintain your reading lists, please contact us using the links on the right.

We recommend that reading lists for teaching are submitted to site libraries eight weeks before teaching starts (requesting books for teaching).

To request digitised readings that link from your Talis Aspire reading list, click the following link - Digitised reading request form.


Important information about Academic year 2018/19 Aspire reading lists. Please see Updating your list.


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 Guide to using Aspire


The following guide offers a step by step approach to creating a new Aspire reading list:

  1. Reading list design
    What makes a good list? An overview on good practice to help in the design of your list.

  2. Getting started
    To register for using Aspire, plus how to add the bookmark button.

  3. Creating a reading list
    Creating a new list, including adding sections to your reading list.

  4. Adding resources to your list
    Adding books, ebooks, articles, webpages and other resources to your list.

  5. Review and adding to studentcentral
    Once your list is complete, how to send it to the library for review, then how to make it available through studentcentral.

  6. Keeping your list updated, including yearly 'time periods'.

  7. Frequently asked questions


For students - Aspire improves the student experience by providing a single area in studentcentral which offers: :
  • Streamlined, direct access to online articles, ebooks, videos and webpages.
  • Availability information and location of print books within the University of Brighton libraries.
  • The option for students to add notes to their reading list and flag up resources they intend to read.
For academic staff – benefits of using Aspire include:
  • Improved access to core reading
  • List can be “rolled over” each year, so simple to maintain and update.
  • The “Request review” function allows the Library to make informed purchasing – e.g. sufficient copies or scan chapters.
  • Track your students' engagement with your reading list through the Dashboard.
  • Facilitates 'flipped classroom' learning, by enabling easy access to key resources ahead of your seminar.
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