Part of our consultancy service.
We have experience of supporting merging colleges, enabling them to successfully address IT issues associated with merging and to make the most of digital solutions to other opportunities and challenges that merging raises.
If you are embarking on a merger, our practical support, expert assistance and specialist consultancy is available to you through a package tailored to your needs.
Included advice and practical support
As part of your Jisc subscription, we’ll work with and support merger working groups within your college(s) to get a shared understanding of what you believe the future needs to look like in your specific area.
Through discussion, site visits and facilitated meetings, we’ll help you develop a clear understanding of your aims and ambitions.
We’ll develop an outline business case indicating how digital technologies will support the aims of the merged college and identify associated costs and interdependencies with any other projects.
You and those leading, or directly affected by, merger projects will have opportunities to share experiences, learn lessons and benefit from peer support. Each quarter you will be offered a number of places for a webinar open to all colleges we are supporting through a merger process.
Focusing on a different theme each time, the webinars are facilitated by the Jisc team, and include contributions from Jisc experts and sector peers.
Bespoke consultancy support
Additional support can include:
Through documentary review and facilitating strategic workshops we can help you and those leading the merger to have a clearly articulated set of strategies outlining the vision, objectives and ethos of the new merged organisation.
This ensures you have an agreed, shared ‘destination’ for when the merger is in place and offers direction during the process and beyond, plus ensuring compliance with current and emerging requirements regarding Prevent and inclusion. Such reviews often involve our legal, accessibility and inclusion and strategy and business process experts.
IT skills audit
The merged organisation will require a blend of IT skills across your workforce to both successfully complete the merger process and to achieve your agreed strategic vision for the new college.
Our network technology and infrastructure, systems, tools and information management and technology experts can advise and support you by assessing current staff resources and their IT skills and comparing these with the requirements of the merged organisation and responsibilities for those you will be supporting.
Project planning support
Our strategy and business process experts can support and guide you through constructing a fit for purpose, achievable and costed project plan to ensure the successful merger of the partner colleges in line with your agreed objectives.
This support can include:
- Meeting with merger working groups to agree work streams, their scope, deliverables, milestones and risks
- Assisting in decisions regarding prioritisation and critical path analysis
- Providing project management workshops to ensure all affected staff have a shared base knowledge of project management theory and techniques in order to work consistently and effectively
Critical friend and implementation support
And we can be there throughout the merger process too. Merging colleges often require additional support to help implement specific aspects of the proposed merger.
Members of our team can be alongside you as a ‘critical friend’ providing guidance, and acting as a sounding board for decision-makers and project staff. Or, we can make specialists available to you as additional ‘on the ground’ resource to help undertake discreet project tasks.
Get in touch
If you are a Jisc-supported organisation, you can contact your account manager to find out more and discuss how we can help. Alternatively, contact [email protected].