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Jonathan Pennick
I would put in a plea here that you include local staff, who are aware of local context, in the consultation process. It would be too easy for JISC to be seen as part of the review process which parachutes in, provides some generic recommendations, and moves on.
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Sue Attewell
Thank you for your comment. Please be rest assured that our aim is to support each individual college via the local Jisc account manager throughout the whole area review process, during both the planning and implementation phase. Via the account manager we recognise that for an area review to be effective, it’s important that each college gets a clear view of current provision at both the institutional and local level, where it needs to go – and how technology can help the college to get there. The account manager will facilitate the necessary advice and guidance as well as provide the relevant tools to support each college as they strive to fulfil the recommendations of the steering group, particularly in implementing technological solutions.

As Jisc is not actually a part of the official area review consultation process (which as you may be aware, the consultation process is being led by chairs of governors, FE and sixth form college commissioners, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and Local Authorities and regional schools commissioners) we are committed to support and work with every individual college as a critical friend, during area reviews and beyond. We exist to support colleges and to help them embrace technology to drive efficiencies and savings, improve quality of provision, and meet the demands for employer led training during this time of sector transformation.

I hope the above clarifies how we can help and please don’t hesitate to contact your local account manager for more information about how we can work with you going forward.
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