JISC has announced its new company structure and how it will reshape itself for the future to provide an enhanced service to the UK education and research sector.
This announcement follows the recommendations outlined in the Wilson Review, published in February 2011. The Review – carried out in response to the current economic environment and commissioned by HEFCE – focused on the value of JISC and ensuring its future sustainability.
One of the first changes will see JISC become a company limited by guarantee on 1 August 2012 managing the JISC offering across its products and services. The new company’s primary focus will be on three distinct areas for UK education and research:
- Infrastructure services: networks, access management, cloud services
- Data and content services: procurement, data hosting, data management and interoperability
- JISC Futures/Solution Services: focussed on supporting education, students, research, and the running of institutions as businesses
JISC Advance, as one of the subsidiary companies of JISC, welcomes these changes, which will provide further impetus to our drive to put delivering value to our clients and their learners at the heart of what we do. A simplified, more integrated JISC will facilitate this. At this stage we are unable to say precisely how and when the changes will impact on JISC Advance, however please rest assured that JISC Advance and its services will continue to offer the same high-quality advice and guidance to the HE and FE and Skills sectors throughout this period of change.
For more information about JISC’s new company structure go to www.jisc.ac.uk