International education and research

Helping UK institutions stay ahead in the global market

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The UK is a world leader in international education and research. UK institutions deliver successful transnational education (via branch campuses, partnering with institutions in key locations and distance or blended learning) and take a lead role in European and global research collaborations.

At Jisc, we’ve developed strategic partnerships, services and guidance to help your organisation deliver high-quality experiences to learners and researchers overseas, whether you’re a seasoned international provider or a beginner responding to the changing world situation.

Our international support is in three areas

Supporting our members to work everywhere

Right now, almost every learner has to study at home and it’s likely that the longer-term response to COVID-19 will fundamentally change the way some people choose to live and work. For example, many prospective and international students due to come to the UK may prefer not to travel here after all - for this academic year, or future ones.

Institutions are actively rethinking how they provide learning and support research that’s carried out remotely – and how they can attract and keep international students in future, even when those people opt to live and study on their home patch.

We’re helping our members give students, researchers and staff access to the same high-quality online learning content, resources and wellbeing support – whether they work in the UK or overseas, on a campus or at home. All this work is underpinned by our excellent network infrastructure that provides a gateway to the world.

Get in touch to find out how our services and support can help keep people and institutions connected to the rest of the world.

Offering world-class products and services to a global market

Our products and services help institutions improve the student and researcher experience, save money and work more efficiently. They may be of interest to universities, colleges, national research and education networks (NRENs) and governments outside the UK. We welcome approaches from overseas organisations.

Contact us to find out about products and services we offer to institutions outside the UK.

Leading the development of global approaches to infrastructure, solutions and delivery of research and education, and collaborating with national and international partners

Education and research are increasingly global activities and we’re working across the sector with research bodies, government organisations and commercial enterprises through our international networks.

Our work to support the knowledge economy has never been more important than it is now. The coronavirus pandemic has shown how sharing health data can aid vital scientific research into diseases and unite countries in their response to global health emergencies.

We’re also putting our knowledge and expertise to work, offering thought leadership and advocating for global research and education on behalf of our national organisations.

Talk to us about how we're collaborating to shape international approaches to education and research.

Our international approach to COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international students, staff and researchers is significant. Many have stayed in the UK to study but a significant number have returned home this year to continue working through online, distance education. 

With so many students considering their plans to come to the UK to study for next year, as well as a prospective increase in distance and blended transnational education, we must enable our institutions to deliver high-quality education through a remote experience, ensuring all students are digitally-equipped for their education journey. The future is still uncertain and we are working constantly with stakeholders across the sector to understand how we can help.

Supporting enhanced access to online education

We initially focused our efforts on helping institutions support those based in China, given that students from China represent a significant cohort of our international students and that China has some unique, challenging technological attributes. We have broadened this approach to the rest of the world through our global education access framework.

Our framework is an efficient way to procure managed services that give your students based overseas enhanced access to the digital learning content and resources the need for global distance learning. A number of our members have taken this opportunity. Find out how UCL and the University of Birmingham developed our framework to support students based in China to reliably access resources remotely.

If you are interested in taking up the global education access framework or any of our international services, please complete our form for an initial consultation with the international team.

Get involved

The Jisc international community Teams site is the place to discuss topics and challenges in real time and keep up with our international education and research activities as they develop.

Email us to join the Microsoft Teams site.

Contact us

Contact us to find out more about our international work.

Email international@jisc.ac.uk