Chest works on behalf of Jisc’s members and customers, to negotiate discounted academic licences for commercially available software to support academic research, teaching and learning, as well as administrative functions, and can be used to benefit the entire institution.
Chest software agreements include software from Microsoft and Adobe, in specialist areas such as GIS, statistics and maths, in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, mind mapping and training, and tools for software asset management and security.
You can browse, purchase and manage your subscriptions to all the software licensed via Chest agreements through the Chest website.
Benefits for institutions
We represent the interests of members and non-members by:
Engaging with representatives from institutions and sector bodies and international consortia to ensure that we always support research, teaching and learning
Negotiating the best possible price, terms, and access conditions for licensed software. In 2018/19 Chest agreements saved the academic community nearly £79m in licence fees and efficiency savings
Support institutions through our dedicated helpdesk providing answers to purchasing and licensing enquiries
Organising and supporting a range of events and communications that foster knowledge sharing between the academic community and suppliers
This service is an optional service part of the core Jisc subscription for our HE and FE members.
The service is available to other customers including private independent universities and colleges, research organisations and charities.