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Choosing products for new Chest Agreements

The following resources are being considered for new Chest Agreements.

With the support of our customers Chest considers lots of opportunities to add new resources to the Chest Agreement portfolio. These resources are suggested by a member of the academic community, identified by Chest, or are from ad hoc approaches from suppliers.

If there is enough backing from the community then Chest will start negotiations - there is strength in numbers!

Our selection process is simple. It is driven by demand and the need to provide better value for money and licence terms than can be obtained elsewhere.

The resources, both Software and Online Resources*, are presented with most recently added first.

To express your interest in any of these resources login to the Suggestions page and click the appropriate vote button or email Chest Help.


Skillsoft Licences

skillsoft logoSkillsoft is the global leader in eLearning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content

The Chest team within Jisc are currently in conversation with the American organisation JobReady, who are developing career-aligned course collections from the thousands of Skillsoft courses available, enabling students to follow pathways that lead to jobs and promotions.  Initial pathways include: cybersecurity, data science, project management, leadership, IT skills, business skills and certification prep.  Skillsoft is the global leader in eLearning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content.

Their offering incorporates 7000+ pre-built Skillsoft courses covering Business Skills, Leadership and Management, IT Skills, Software Development, Professional Certifications and Office Productivity Tools, available via the web and mobile apps and including 24x7 online support.  The majority of these course are in English but there are a number in other languages including French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese.  The content may be used to supplement academic instruction, or function as a standalone resource.  JobReady’s philanthropic partner, the National Education Foundation, has generously provided grants to make skills training affordable and accessible to all students.

If there is sufficient interest, two different pricing options will be offered: a straight-forward ‘library’ option where users can select whichever course they wish with a price per user; and a career pathways option that would include customer-selected course pathways built from Skillsoft courses, and institutionally branded badges issued to completers of pathways, with library access to the full library.  This latter option would have per-user pricing plus a flat additional fee.  There would also be tiered pricing, with discounts for those who bought more licences.  Within this, institutions would be able to band together to obtain better pricing if required.

Added: May 2020


Ayoa - Mind Mapping and Task Management - Call for Interest

Chest are talking to Ayoa about a potential new Agreement for their unique Mind Mapping and Task Management software.   We’d be really grateful if you could let us know whether your institution could be interested in this Agreement.

As we enter an age of digital transformation, the Education sector is evolving like never before - and new technology must facilitate innovative pedagogical methods and creative learning techniques.  Proven to boost productivity by 46%, Ayoa is perfect for helping students, educators and administrators with essay writing, course and project planning, delivering content and managing daily tasks. Its visual interface is designed to inspire creativity, increase engagement and ultimately generate outstanding results.

Ayoa is DSA-approved, making it suitable for neuro-diverse students, specifically those with dyslexia, allowing educational institutions to maintain an inclusive workspace for all students. Ayoa is accessible any time and from anywhere, offering complete flexibility - working in Windows, Mac, on mobile devices and in web apps.

Check out this flier for further information including testimonials and details of some of the blue-chip organisations and institutions already using Ayoa.

We’d love to know whether an Ayoa Chest Agreement could be of interest, not only for direction now but also to help guide us with future conversations.  Please email us either way at help@chest.ac.uk

Added: March 2020


Examity logoThe world leader in online invigilation

As the number of online classes and degree programmes increase, educators must wrestle with the challenge of maintaining exam and institutional integrity. That’s where Examity, the world leader in learning validation and online invigilation, comes in - they are recognised for efficiency, security and scalable customer service in the remote invigilation of online exams or tests.   Examity’s multimodal solution allows institutions to select the appropriate level of security for each unique situation. With a real-time live invigilation service that is scalable and with a market leading 2:1 student to invigilator ratio, you will save time, save money, reduce cheating violations, and have an early competitive advantage in the global Higher Education sector.

Key Examity features include:

  • Working with 500+ universities and partners delivering over 2.5 million exams online in 2020, Examity have a strong track record
  • Service support is provided to you 24/7/365
  • Full and seamless integration with all well-known LMS solutions within 3-4 weeks
  • Easy to use and transparent dashboard for administrators and students
  • Quick and easy video view of live ID authentication, live exam and exam submission incl. a post-exam human audit
  • LTI 1.3 Advantage
  • SSAE-16 Certified Data Centre
  • GDPR compliant (storage in Germany)
  • In line with QAA UK and ESG2015 quality assurance guidelines
  • Limited student data capture (first name, last name and email only)
  • Compatible with learning, assistive and inclusive technologies
  • Lowest exam waiting times (1 minute), launch times (4 minutes) and planned down-time (4 minutes) in the market
  • Over 1,000 invigilators trained in IT, customer service and privacy
  • Free implementation and training service worth $5,000

Key Examity benefits for your organisation’s online quality assurance practices:

  • Efficiency:  reduce your costs, free up resources and improve your teaching / learning experience
  • QA effectiveness:  reduce cheating online and improve exam integrity anywhere in the world, at any time
  • Secure exports:  confidently and securely export your degrees and courses online to support your transnational partners
  • HE apprenticeships:  make it easier and more flexible to deliver assessments between your institution, degree apprentices and their employers
  • IP protection:  we will help you protect your methodology and/or exam content
  • Quality admissions:  improve student recruitment and admissions processes around the world with live ID authentication and a short video of language competence
  • Sustainability:  reduce carbon footprint by moving away from pen and paper, and reducing resource intensive logistics to attend physical exam centres
  • Future best practice:  make it easy to switch from exam halls and overseas test centres to more secure and flexible invigilation practices online

Examity believe they can bring great value and efficiency savings to your organisation, your quality assurance stakeholders and your students.

For more information, please visit www.examity.com or have a look at their short digital brochure.

Added: February 2020

MarketLine Perpetual Resources
Online Resource
Marketline logo

Case Studies

Case studies shine a light on best and worst case business practices by providing detailed analysis of company strategies and initiatives, major market trends and developments, and corporate successes and failures.

MarketLine publishes over 75 Case Studies every year covering a multitude of industries and sectors, and the entire catalogue of 650+ case studies are available through a MarketLine Advantage subscription.  However, they can also be acquired in perpetuity, and we are looking at adding this option to the Agreement, if the demand is there

Whereas profiles provide a broad overview of the overall structure of industries and companies, case studies provide a much more focused analysis of individual actions, strategies and initiatives giving users greater understanding of the markets and companies covered.

Customers can use case studies to uncover the actions of market leaders, competitors, and innovators and gain understanding of emerging market trends and critical business issues.


  • Understand successful corporate strategies and learn the lessons from previous corporate mistakes
  • Case studies provide real life examples of innovative businesses and industries
  • Uncover emerging market trends and successful niche industries
  • Gain insight into the rise of companies, brands and industries and future challenges they might face
  • Learn and evaluate how companies have gained an advantage over their competition
  • Future focused case studies reveal upcoming trends which are set to shape their industries

Theme Reports

Theme reports are similar to case studies but analyse much wider topics, themes and megatrends. The reports investigate the interlinked effects that these themes have on Companies, Industries and Countries

Added: February 2020


PCI Logo     Geomatica Geospatial Image Processing Software

The use of satellite based remote sensing imagery is on the rise globally thanks to the rich information it can provide to study important issues such as climate change. Geomatica is a complete geospatial image processing software suite that can leverage deep temporal satellite, aerial or radar image archives to unlock trends that can deepen our understanding of the anthropogenic effects on climate change. Plus, students will have access to professional industry standard tools.

PCI Geomatics, the Canadian based company that makes the software, has been providing educational institutions with its capability for the last 35+ years, and has attractive offers for both teaching and research licensing.

With Geomatica, many applications are possible including:

  • agricultural monitoring
  • disaster planning and recovery mapping
  • managing the multiple phases of mining operations
  • detecting and extracting features from imagery
  • high resolution elevation model extraction for 3D mapping
  • and much more

A full description of Geomatica, as well as case studies, can be accessed here.  The latest version is Geomatica Banff.

Geomatica image

Added: January 2020


Cofense logo

Phishing Protection Across the Entire Organization

Cofense is proud to be working with Chest to support UK Universities in their fight against phishing and cyber defence.

Unfortunately, as recent news reminded us, Universities are still a major target for cyber attackers, who phish for personal credentials, intellectual property in the form of valuable academic research, or potentially a payoff after inflicting ransomware. The main attack vector for this malware continues to be email which remains an effective delivery format for malicious content.

Cofense is the leading supplier of complete phishing defence technology globally. To date, our European operations have focussed on recruiting the largest Finance, Energy, and Manufacturing organisations. With over 2000 global customers and 30+ University customers in the US, Cofense is seeking to partner with Chest to bring cutting edge phishing defence to the UK education market at affordable and exclusive pricing.

We all appreciate that phishing e-mails get through the Secure Email Gateways (SEG) on a routine basis. Unfortunately, these attacks are no longer the easy to spot communications from Nigerian Princes. Rather these attacks are sophisticated malware and credential-stealing communications from a variety of nation-state and criminal endeavours.

Staff, Academics, and Students can now report any suspicious email they see into an automated triage, assessment, remediation, and removal technology. The net result being that dangerous emails are removed before and after detection in the inbox

Read this Cofense article about the relationship between City, University of London and Cofense, highlighting how we are helping them keep Students and Academics safe. Claire Priestley, Director of Information Technology at City, University of London writes …“Cofense was an easy choice to augment our underpinning programme of information security initiatives. Our user community numbers at least 20,000 at any given time. The rapid growth in ransomware contained in phishing emails across all sectors last year necessitated a solution that would help us quickly and effectively build awareness, provide targeted training solutions and offer a one-touch reporting mechanism that integrated easily with our incident management system.”

Added: November 2019


Oxmetrics logo

 OxMetrics  - a complete econometric teaching solution for educators and researchers
 Please share with your Economics, Finance and Biostatistics Departments

OxMetrics™ is a family of software packages providing an integrated solution for the econometric analysis of time series, forecasting, financial econometric modelling, or statistical analysis of cross-section and panel data. 

This software package consists of a front-end program called OxMetrics, and individual application modules such as CATS, G@RCH and STAMP, all of which offer a wide range of econometrics methods from structural time series models with STAMP to long memory G@RCH models and risk management with G@RCH. The individual packages are oriented to specific econometrics models, click here to find out more information on each.

OxMetrics software offers a complete solution for educators and researchers; combining a wide range of state-of-the-art econometric modelling and forecasting methods within an easy to use interface and simple licensing model. From undergraduate modules to advanced PhD courses, OxMetrics can be used in any econometric teaching.

Chest and Timberlake, the company behind OxMetrics, are in conversation about creating an OxMetrics Chest Agreement.  If your institution would be interested, please do let us know.

Added:  November 2019


Skyline Globe UK

Skyline Software for Education - Empowering the next Generation of Geospatial Professionals

Utilising automated high-speed production and the latest methods of data capture, Skyline has achieved huge reductions in processing times for the best 3D mesh models available anywhere, at a correspondingly reduced cost, allowing users to increase productivity & reduce risk.  Skyline is transforming 3D visualisation from a “nice to have” to a cost-effective and essential tool for critical decision making, bringing benefits to professionals and students alike.  3D Visualisation is the must-have GIS application of tomorrow and it’s available from Skyline today.

Skyline’s product suite allows users to significantly increase the amount of outdoor work which can be brought indoors and transferred to the desktop, meaning reduced site journeys.  It extends visualisation and understanding way beyond 2D GIS, and better understanding allows for better decisions.  It also offers significant savings in time and cost.  3D Visualisation and modelling software from Skyline empowers geospatial users, enabling them to visualise in 3D a real-life view of what’s on the ground using terrain models, imagery and 3D City Models, giving them access to far more information than available from 2D mapping.   Skyline software is designed to work alongside GIS software systems such as ESRI ArcGIS®, QGIS etc, complementing and enhancing their capabilities.

We are living through a period of enormous technological change and it is evident that there are emerging geospatial technologies which are offering exciting opportunities to help deliver economic growth and increased productivity for the UK…….” (From the Geospatial Commissions FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES REVIEW published 27th August 2019)./p>

Read an introduction to Skyline here, check out their YouTube Channel, or visit their website. Chest is in discussion with Skyline about an Agreement for TerraExplorer, PhotoMesh and SkylineGlobe Server.  If your institution would be interested, please click here and complete the brief form.

Added: October 2019


Flexera logo

Flexera: Gain Visibility, Control and Optimize your IT

From on-premises to the cloud, Flexera gives Higher Education institutions an in-depth view and control over their entire IT estate. Used by individuals and institutions across the globe, their market leading solutions help provide Technology Insight, Technology Agility and Technology Spend Optimisation.

Software License Optimization to Reduce Spend and Compliance Risk within Higher Education - this is software and IT asset management scaled for enterprises. Let Flexera show you how better license management can save you money and time through software license optimization. With Flexera you can manage your vendor relationships and contracts more efficiently for better results. Flexera’s SaaS Manager provides Visibility and Control Over SaaS Usage, including Shadow SaaS.

Flexera and its integrated solutions help Higher Education institutions to reduce time spent researching and validating IT asset data. The solution significantly reduces costs and, in just a few hours, can clean up bad data accumulated over many years.

For more information on these solutions, click the links below.

Product Links:

Added: October 2019

LastPass Software

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A simple, secure way to manage passwords

As an enterprise password management solution, LastPass has made going online easier and safer; supporting all of browsers, operating systems, and mobile devices. LastPass Enterprise has over 100 configurable policies and scales SSO, MFA and password management for all students and staff helping your campus be more secure, maintain compliance, and improve the user’s IT experience. Here’s the Technical Whitepaper.

LastPass has just launched a new education specific site-wide initiative that allows universities and colleges to give something back to students outside of academia (and to improve the overall student experience) whilst bolstering internal cyber security efforts. The site-wide initiative contains, at no extra cost, Premium licences to give to students to protect their personal apps (banking, shopping etc) for the duration of study and for their first year after leaving. LastPass is dedicated to success, so when it comes to campus-wide roll-out, full deployment support includes a dedicated Customer Success Manager, self-service training portal and onsite training for admins, staff and students.

Here’s what LastPass did for Duke University, Harvard University and Deltion College.

Added: March 2019

Xensam Software

Xensam logo

Highly Advanced SAM Software – Secure, Scalable, SaaS:

  • A.I.supported and securely hosted ITAM solution
  • Lightweight, powerful agent for Win / Chrome / MAC / Linux
  • Easy to deploy, simple to use – almost no admin needed
  • Advanced analysis of desktops, datacenter, cloud (O365, etc.)
  • Active usage feature offers unrivalled optimisation and ROI
  • Deep hardware data includes Automatic Warranty Retrievalxc
  • Exposes malware, blacklisted, unsupported & GDPR risks
  • All-Inclusive (features, hosting, training) – no hidden costs

Find out more about Xensam Software on their website.

Added: January 2019

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