Buoyancy Media
We are a web development agency, currently we have 5 apprentices and plan to take on around another 15 - 20 new apprentices in August.

We teach them all aspects in their chosen field, it`s been a fantastic decision from the director`s and have added much value to the company.

We have recently been thinking about acquiring a .ac.uk to provide online training resources to our current apprentices and the fresh batch starting in the summer. Would we be eligible to register and maintain a .ac.uk domain name?
Phil Gummett
Thank you for your question. If you would like to talk to a member of the team about applying for an ac.uk domain under the current eligibility policy please get in touch with our customer services team on 0300 300 2212.

We are consulting on a new eligibility policy which we hope to implement in autumn 2014. The rationale for the consultation is to obtain a broad range of views from across UK tertiary education and/or public research.

If you have an interest in, or concerns about, the new policy, we suggest that you outline your concerns in detail within the online response form here: https://survey.jisc.ac.uk/consultationforacukdomains2.

This should include details about your organisation and comments on how the eligibility criteria could be improved to meet the needs of UK tertiary education and/or public research. Our review group will consider each comment carefully, and where appropriate, recommend changes to the draft eligibility policy.

We look forward to receiving your consultation response.
A .ac.uk domain for me to a benchmark of an non for profit education provider. Opening this up to for profit companies would be a negative development in my opinion.
Phil Gummett
Hi Adam. The eligibility policy for obtaining an ac.uk domain name was updated within the context of the changing landscape of education and research, and the policy and regulatory framework in the UK.

The definition of ‘publicly-funded’, a criterion of the previous policy, was potentially problematic and subject to challenge by those providers indirectly funded by Government loans or offering HE-designated courses listed on the HE Register of Providers [http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/register/]. Our policy now reflects the HE market environment in which we find ourselves.

You may also wish to view the high-level results of the consultation [http://bit.ly/1nNRVbj]. Please get in touch with naming@jisc.ac.uk if you have any questions about the new policy.
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