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This is a key step in its transition to meet the needs of the many communities it serves for 2013 and beyond. The new Jisc is owned by the Association of Colleges, GuildHE and Universities UK. It will continue to receive funding from HEFCE and all the other UK higher and further education funding bodies as it continues to develop (Note).

HEFCE welcomes this development, which includes the appointment of trustees to Jisc and the appointment of Martyn Harrow as its first Chief Executive.

Heather Fry, Director for Education, Participation and Students at HEFCE, said:

‘Jisc has been working hard for some time to prepare for its important transition into a separate legal body from 1 December. This announcement recognises that a key milestone has been reached. What is vital is that Jisc continues to provide a high-quality dedicated service to the higher and further education communities, for education and research and focuses its business to meet the needs of all its users including students and academics. HEFCE is confident that Jisc will do this, and we will continue to support Jisc as it develops its role for 2013 and beyond.

'HEFCE is grateful to the dedication and hard work of Jisc staff under the leadership of Malcolm Read over many years and under Martyn Harrow more recently to build Jisc into a world-renowned organisation. We encourage institutions to work with Jisc to fully realise its potential as a contributor to the delivery of their own objectives.’

Notes

  1. Jisc is a company limited by guarantee and a charity, owned by UUK, GuildHE and the AoC. This company wholly owns a subsidiary company, Jisc Collections and Janet Ltd, which will continue to provide the network and content services they have successfully provided for many years.