We welcome the Bell review, which is designed to make sure we’re adapting along with other agencies to best support the sector while they also go through change.
Many of the recommendations made in the report will go a long way towards giving people in the higher education sector the support they need.
Jisc fully supports the recommendations made for us and we’re already making progress. We share Bell’s opinion that data is at the heart of what universities deliver and we believe that this data, used well, can transform the higher education experience.
What we've done so far
We have already taken on the recommendation to work with the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU), HESA and Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and we’ve all been meeting to explore innovative ways to utilise data for this purpose. Last year we also formed the M5 Group with HESA and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to create a partnership which saves money and delivers the best possible service to the higher education sector.
It’s great to see this report acknowledges the world-class connectivity that our network brings to students and researchers, continually increasing capacity to meet ever-shifting demand. Without reliable connectivity, students, researchers and teachers wouldn’t be able to make the most of opportunities to collaborate globally and access what they need to make the most of the student experience.
We also continue to work with publishers on behalf of UK universities and researchers to develop faster, more cost effective routes to accessing academic research – something we’re glad to see highlighted.
Further sector consultation
While these kind of reviews are important, we also think that it’s important for agencies to constantly learn from the sector to improve their own work. That’s why we’re consulting with our members on our subscription model, to give the sector more options.
The 'Bell review' is a report of the review group on UK higher education sector agencies, chaired by Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading.