Press release - TSL wins twice at the prestigious AOP Awards

Press release

TSL wins twice at the prestigious AOP Awards

June 04, 2009

On Tuesday 2 June TSL won two top awards at the prestigious 2009 Association of Online Publishers (AOP) Awards: Best Website, Business, for TES Connect and Best Digital Publisher, Business, beating off high profile competitors such as Reed, UBM, Haymarket and Incisive.

Furthermore, TSL also received a special mention for a third entry, Best Editorial Team, Business.

The awards event, held annually, seeks to recognise the very best online offerings from publishers. The awards are judged by highly acclaimed industry figures.

Best Website - Business

Following 18 months of research, development and testing, TES Connect was re-launched as the first real application of networking technology for the UK teaching community. Social networking tools with a strong, useful professional purpose have been offered to the education world. TES Connect currently attracts over one million unique users per month, who come to network with each other and share useful classroom resources posted by their colleagues in the sector.

Judges' comments included: 'A vibrant and optimistic site which empowers its users. With high quality UGC at its heart, TES Connect has harnessed the power of the community in a slick and professional way, and is clearly respected and valued by its users. With fantastic design and usability, it has enabled teachers to make a beneficial impact on the lives of their peers.'

Best Digital Publisher - Business

TSL Education's aim is to 'drive up the quality of UK education', and over the last year it has done so not just through an innovative recruitment service, but also social networking and resource-sharing tools, tailor-made for the education sector. TSL's websites celebrate the skills, energy and creativity of teachers, no matter what their discipline or where they teach.

The judges said: 'TSL is delivering value to its audience through shared knowledge and a clear grasp of the digital space. The site provides not just a viable business model, but a personal experience to its users. In this, they have achieved exactly what they set out to do.'

Edward Griffith, Head of TES Connect comments: ' We are thrilled that our hard work over the last year has been recognised in such a major way; winning two AOP awards is high praise indeed and it is a huge source of pride for TES Connect to have been rewarded by such a respected and experienced panel of judges.'

AOP Awards

Now in their eighth year, the AOP Digital Publishing Awards are firmly established as the definitive showcase for the best that the online publishing industry has to offer.

The Awards were presented by TV comedian Hugh Dennis on Tuesday 2 June 2009 at Old Billingsgate, London. www.ukaop.org.uk