The British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) has been supporting higher education, further education and research in the production and study of moving images since 1948. It provides a wealth of services, databases and other publications to encourage the use of this digital medium.
BUFVC has received grant funding since 1968 and has benefitted from working with Jisc, the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ organisation for digital services and solutions, and its predecessor bodies over many years.
In recent years, support provided by Jisc has been used towards the provision of core BUFVC services, also sustained through other funding mechanisms.
Due to changing circumstances, the BUFVC’s grant funding from Jisc is being annually reduced over the next two and a half years with additional support being available to assist with transition in the current financial year (2015 – 2016). Correspondingly, BUFVC must aim to become fully self-sustaining from August 2018.
Virginia Haworth-Galt, chief executive, BUFVC explains:
“Whilst we recognise that the move to becoming entirely self-sustaining will be challenging we have worked hard over recent years to develop our business model and our service offer and we are determined to continue to deliver the highest quality services to our members.
We have enjoyed our long working relationship with Jisc and we will be continuing to support their work.”
Keith Cole, executive director Jisc digital resources adds:
“Jisc is pleased to support BUFVC in this next step and is keen to explore a range of potential future collaboration opportunities to benefit further and higher education in the use of digital media.”