The Independent Commission on the College of the Future, which Jisc is part of, is asking what is wanted and required from colleges across the four nations of the UK from 2030 onwards.
There are seismic shifts happening across the UK - from demographic changes to technological revolution, from the changing demands of the labour market to climate change.
This will mean significant change for the college sector and colleges should be - and can be - at the heart of meeting these challenges.
Progress so far
Since its launch in spring 2019, the commission has engaged with a wide range of people who have a stake in the future of colleges.
It has now published a progress report to stimulate and provoke more ideas and thoughts as it works towards a final report for publication in spring 2020.
Key themes have emerged and the interim report reflects the commission’s initial thinking as it moves into the next stage - making concrete recommendations for each of the four nations.
Jisc's CEO, Paul Feldman, who’s a member of the commission’s expert panel, said:
“Colleges are at the forefront of government policy to upskill the UK workforce, close the technical skills gap, level the playing field for all learners and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all. Collectively, that’s quite a challenge.
“And while our colleges are used to dealing with a shifting policy landscape – and doing it on a budget - the commission is already highlighting what the sector needs now and in decades to come to deliver what learners, and the UK, need to thrive as we navigate Education 4.0.”
Have your say
The commission welcomes feedback and questions on the report, which you can submit online or via email to Lewis Cooper, commission director (email@example.com). You can also share your thoughts on Twitter, @CollegeComm and #CollegeoftheFuture.