We invest in a small number of partnerships and collaborate in a range of initiatives to:
- Influence on national policy and standards.
- Promote our activities and expertise.
- Connect the activities of those promoting UK education and research.
- Promote good practice and understanding of digital technologies in education and research.
Our partners are publicly funded organisations with a national remit to support digital technologies for education and research.
Current partners include:
We are closely aligned with the Association for Learning Technology in a commitment to exploit the potential of digital technologies across the education and research communities. As partners we focus on outreach to learning technology experts, encouraging colleagues and members alike to offer support and expertise to a range of funded activities.
We have worked in partnership with the British Library since 2005, promoting excellence in the creation, access and use of digital resources.
Partners since 2005, we collaborate to exploit the potential of digital technologies for UK higher education. Together we lead and contribute to a range of activities, including:
As partners we recognise that higher education institutions are increasingly dependent on technology to deliver their core business.
Technology provides significant solutions, opportunities and considerable risks. We collaborate to ensure that institutional leadership and senior management develop a greater understanding of the potential of digital technologies for institutional change and improvement.
This partnership promotes a vision of integrated knowledge resources that supports world class research, learning and teaching. Recent activities include:
Based in the Netherlands, SURFfoundation have a strong reputation and a remit similar to ours; to explore, exploit and promote the use of digital technologies in higher education and research.
As partners, we focus our efforts to contribute to European and international policy developments and debate.
We partner with UCAS to support student progression into further and higher education through the use of digital technologies. As partners we share open standards and promote open systems. Together we seek to inform policy developments.
We work with UCISA, a leading membership organisation, to help institutions improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of:
- Environmentally sustainable computing.
- Emergent technologies.
- Institutional strategies and information technology governance.
- Institutional business process.
- Organisational development, specifically in the use of information and digital technologies.
- Enterprise-wide information technology infrastructures.
We fund and co-ordinates activities with an impressive range of funders and national organisations to focus our investments, progress agendas and inform policy development on behalf of the education and research sectors. Here’s a quick introduction to some of our funded initiatives:
Led by us and Research Libraries UK, the Discovery initiative seeks to make resources more discoverable both by people and machines. To make our data work harder, finding new ways to benefit researchers, teachers, and managers of information within libraries, archives and museums.
This European initiative promotes the use and development of digital technologies infrastructure for higher education and research. The Knowledge Exchange partners are committed to the vision of a layer of scholarly and scientific content openly available on the internet. This means developing the foundations for the European digital infrastructure by bringing together leading thinkers and experts to advise funding organisations.
Together with Jisc, the funding partners are Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and SURFfoundation in the Netherlands.
This group promotes effective co-ordination of public and private sector organisations to strengthen the move towards open access within higher education and research. It seeks to increase the rate at which the outputs from UK research are available on open access terms.
The Strategic Content Alliance works across the public sector to reduce the barriers that currently inhibit access, use and re-use of digital content and to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded content can gain best value from the investment that has been made.
We are taking forward the Alliance's work in collaboration with a set of key organisations across the public sector: the British Library; the BBC; the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the Wellcome Library.