Recently we consulted with the HE sector about their subscription. This is the model we ended up with (pdf), and this is how the sector helped us come to this decision (pdf).
The majority of our funding comes from the UK HE and FE funding bodies, with a contribution from higher education institutions through a subscription.
- Research and development will continue to be fully funded by the funding bodies
- The funding bodies will also provide significant and additional capital investment.
We will contact your institution directly in April each year, to outline its exact contribution, which is based on student numbers and income.
We are working hard to provide earlier cost forecasts to assist your budget planning in advance of April, and before calculations being finalised when funders confirm their contributions.
The model for calculating how the charges are shared between HE institutions reflect the value of Jisc to different types of institution.
The model is the same in all parts of the UK. In the example below an English institution is used for illustrative purposes only.
How HE institution contributions differ by country
The UK HE funding bodies contribute the majority (at least 75%) of the cost required to deliver our core package of services to HE institutions. The amount that each funding body contributes differs because of the particular funding context in their country.
HE institutions contribute the remainder, based on the formula detailed above.
Though contributions differ by country - the included services are the same for all HE members.
Invoicing and expected costs
Invoice timing for the Jisc subscription
We will invoice HEIs for their subscription fee in the autumn of each year. You will not be charged VAT on your subscription if you are a member of the VAT-exempt cost sharing group.
Invoices for optional services (those outside of the Jisc subscription)
Some optional services will also be VAT exempt for institutional members of Jisc. For those services where we have to charge VAT - you will be invoiced by a Jisc subsidiary company. In these circumstances you may receive an invoice from Jisc Collections or Jisc Services Limited.
My institution needs to budget for the costs of Jisc's optional services during the next financial year. Can the current charges excluding VAT be taken as a reasonable indicator of the charges for the subsequent year?In general we hope that the future base cost of optional chargeable services will be reasonably similar to current levels. However, many of the Jisc Group's services (and particularly for digital content delivered by Jisc Collections) are procured from external third party suppliers - so if the Jisc Group itself receives higher input costs from external suppliers we will need to pass on these increased costs.
Further education and skills
Their membership will be wholly funded by the FE funding bodies.