The transnational education (TNE) licensing pilot was initiated in response to a growing demand from university library staff for a simpler way to license resources for their students based overseas. This is part of Jisc’s TNE support programme and offer.
This project developed into the transnational education licensing service.
Why we're doing this
Creating an experience for those students studying overseas which is at least equivalent to that being delivered in the home institution is a critical element of transnational education (TNE). The expectation of TNE students is that access to key resources to support course requirements, such as journals, databases and e-books, is readily available.
Universities must currently negotiate directly with publishers for library resource access to incorporate their students and supporting staff located abroad. In turn, some publishers have indicated they would welcome a more streamlined licensing process to bring efficiencies and economies of scale, to align with Jisc’s core licensing programme.
We believe centralised negotiated agreements with publishers will relieve universities of much of this TNE burden, and go a long way to increasing the availability of affordable library resources for these learners, improving the parity of overseas student experience with their UK counterparts.
What we're doing
By using the experience of Jisc Collections in engaging with publishers and aggregators of content through this pilot project, we aim to take a leading role in establishing agreements with publishers to bring together the common interests, and pricing and licensing requirements of those delivering programmes beyond UK borders.
The project aims to develop a simple and agreed licensing approach and process, tried and tested with pilot organisations and key publishers, which keeps pace with the delivery of international education.
Following the pilot phase this will be an optional service offered through Jisc’s TNE support programme provided as an optional extra to Jisc Collection’s core UK negotiation and licensing service.
How we're doing it
The pilot project is led by Jisc Collections and guided by a steering group made of university library staff and sector agency representatives from across the UK HE sector.
Anne Horn, chair of the TNE licensing pilot and library director, University of Sheffield, said:
"The TNE pilot will provide publishers and institutions with much-needed clarity about how they can best provide parity of access to users based overseas whilst fulfilling our collective responsibilities."
What we’ve done so far
- A survey of UK HEI current activities and identifying key resources
- A community workshop to understand current situation, partner arrangements and complexity
- Interviews with pilot participants to understand local scenarios
- Engagement with sector bodies to support and develop a common TNE nomenclature
- Established how an official HE data source, the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record (AOR) can support a common TNE licensing approach
- Publisher engagement including a roundtable hosted by Jisc and moderated by UKSG
- Developed a TNE licensing approach (pdf)
- Presented on the TNE licensing pilot at the TNE-Hub in July 2018
- Held a webinar for librarians to communicate pilot progress in August 2018
- Presented a breakout session on the TNE licensing pilot at the UUKi's Transnational education: global location, local innovation conference in October 2018
- Developed a prototype of the decision tool for Jisc Collections agreements
This is a set of guiding principles that we ask publishers and HE librarians to review and adopt.
We will promote and negotiate for the TNE licensing approach with the pilot publishers and will provide feedback via a monthly status report.
What we're working on
- Undertaking negotiations with publishers for the common TNE licensing approach on behalf of pilot project participants
- Collecting and making available case studies from libraries
- Continuing sector engagement to support and develop a common TNE approach
- Continuing to develop the Jisc Decision Tool, and aiming to develop an interactive licensing tool
- Developing an access and authentication tool kit for libraries and publishers and will explore small scale workshops to bring together relevant institutions
List of steering group members
- Anne Horn, University of Sheffield (chair)
- Emma Adamson, University of South Wales
- Irene Barranco, University of Greenwich
- Ruth Dale, Nottingham University
- Georgina Dimmock, University of Northampton
- Sue Egleton, Reading University
- Adam Edwards, Middlesex University
- Nadine Edwards, University of Greenwich
- Mandy Harper, University of Birmingham
- Ruth Jenkins, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Nick Lewis, University of East Anglia (vice-chair)
- Helen Matthews, University of Middlesex
- Brian Murphy, University of Ulster
- Eduardo Ramos, UUKi (observer)
- Jill Taylor Rowe, Newcastle University and RLUK
- Mark Toole, Nottingham Trent University and SCONUL
- Kate Vasili, University of Middlesex and CLA Rep
- Aberystwyth University
- Aston University
- Bath Spa University
- Brunel University
- Buckinghamshire New University
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Cranfield University
- De Montford University
- Falmouth University
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Heriot-Watt University
- Lancaster University
- Leeds Beckett University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Middlesex University
- Newcastle University
- The Open University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- Sheffield Hallam University
- Staffordshire University
- St George's University of London
- Ulster University
- University for the Creative Arts
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Bedfordshire
- University of Birmingham
- University of Derby
- University of East Anglia
- University of Essex
- University of Glasgow
- University of Kent
- University of Leicester
- University of Northampton
- University of Salford
- University of Sheffield
- University of South Wales
- University of Stirling
- University of Sussex
- University of the West of England, Bristol
- University of Wolverhampton
- University of Worcester
There are 42 libraries participating in the pilot negotiation phase, at no cost, who signed up to the TNE licensing pilot institutional participation agreement via the Jisc Collections catalogue.
If other libraries are interested in receiving updates on the pilot via its JiscMail group or have questions in relation to its status, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can sign up for the service via the Jisc Collections website from August 2019.