The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) invite English Universities and FE colleges (teaching over 400 HE FTEs) to become involved in a new programme of work which will help prepare the sector for increasing demands on course data.

JISC Grant Funding 8/11: JISC ‘Course Data: Making the most of Course Information’ Capital Programme - Call for Letters of Commitment

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) invite English Universities and FE colleges (teaching over 400 HE FTEs) to become involved in a new programme of work which will help prepare the sector for increasing demands on course data. This differs from other JISC programmes as all eligible institutions are invited to take part in Stage 1 and a majority of these will be selected to go forward into Stage 2. A letter of commitment signed by key senior staff is needed in order to receive £10,000 of JISC funding to complete Stage 1. This will support the production of an implementation plan outlining changes required to improve course data flows within the institution and produce feeds for external agencies. Institutions can then put forward these implementation plans for selection into Stage 2. Approximately 80 institutions will be selected for Stage 2 on the basis of these plans, to represent a range of states of preparedness.

 Theme/Context

 Description  Funds                                
Stage 1: Review and Planning
  • Undertake an institutional self-assessment of internal course data flows
  • Produce an implementation plan
  • Funding available for all eligible English instituations
  • Sept - Nov 2011     
  • £10,000 per institution                            
Stage 2: Implementation
  • Execution of implementation plan executed in stage 1
  • Up to 80 projects sought
  • Jan 2012 - March 2013 funded duration
  • Between £40-80,000 available per project

The deadline for receipt of Letters of Commitment in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on Wednesday 7 September 2011.   

guide to bidding for this grant funding call is now available as a recorded presentation

Funding is available for projects starting from Monday 12 September 2011 for an initial period of approximately three months. Projects selected to go forward into Stage 2 will continue for an additional 12 to 15 months. All projects must be complete by 29 March 2013.

This programme approach is designed to ensure a high number of engaged institutions, which is vital to get the critical mass needed to effectively demonstrate to the sector the huge potential of organising and presenting course information in a standardised way.

JISC held an online community briefing event where those interested were given information about the background to the call, its objectives and the funding process.

A recording of the Elluminate Live briefing can be downloaded here

Eligibility

Letters of Commitment may be submitted by Higher Education (HE) Institutions funded by HEFCEFE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid providing involvement in this programme supports the HE in FE agenda. HE and FE institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are not eligible to bid.

Stage 1 funding of £10,000 is available for all eligible institutions which submit a Letter of Commitment which provides evidence of support from Senior Managers responsible for Teaching and Learning, Marketing, Management Information Systems/IT and the institutional course web sites.

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Summary
Submission Deadline
07 September 2011 12:00
Funding
Stage 1 - £10,000 per institution and Stage 2 between £40 - £80,000 per project
Topic