Can edtech startups solve the biggest challenges faced by UK universities?

This joint report with Emerge Education looks at how education technology has rich potential to help UK universities solve their biggest challenges.

The start of something big report cover

This overarching report of our edtech series focuses on understanding each of the most urgent priorities that university senior leaders will face over the next three years.

For this report, more than 50 senior decision-makers in higher education were interviewed. They told us that financial sustainability is the most common challenge facing universities.

This report is structured around universities’ five most pressing priorities based on our research with senior leaders. These five priorities are interlinked, so work on one priority will inevitably affect the others.

This is a joint report by Jisc, Emerge Education and Group GTI.

Top five priorities for senior leaders in HE

  • Delivering the best, most equitable student experience
  • Adapting to changing student expectations about employability and career outcomes
  • Expanding the university’s reach by attracting more (and more diverse) students
  • Transforming digital and physical infrastructure
  • Recruiting, retaining and developing world-class staff 

Find out more

If you would like to know more, please do get in touch at

About this series of reports

These reports draw on the expertise of leaders from HE, employers and startups, through Jisc – Emerge Education advisory groups on specific topics, including the future of assessment, the employability journey of students from non-traditional backgrounds, student recruitment in challenging times, employer-university collaboration and the student mental health and wellbeing challenge. Other reports in the series include:

Download the full report (pdf)

Our project partners

  • emerge education logo

About the author

person icon
Shinaz Navas
Emerge Education