We are heading into a new chapter in JISC’s history as we embrace the opportunity to change for the future.
It is very pleasing to see that HEFCE’s review of JISC considers us to be a valuable organisation and one that makes an essential contribution. The review makes a number of constructive recommendations designed to help us continue to add value to the education and research sector through the next, difficult, five to ten years.
We are going to be here in the future, but we are going to be different and what is crucial is that we do everything that we can to get this right for those who work for us and the sector.
Some of the recommendations in the review will need much more investigation and consultation before they can be acted upon. We will consult and talk with the sector to ensure we put their needs at the centre of how JISC will deliver in the future.
We are continuing to look at ways of increasing our effectiveness in engaging with colleges and universities to help embed new technologies; clearly this is an important area for us. We are also doing more about providing horizon scanning advice.
I believe JISC has an ongoing and vital role to play. It will be challenging to achieve but I know we have the expertise and knowledge to make JISC a stronger organisation.