Jisc and Eduserv to merge

From the beginning of 2019, the two will combine to form a “UK public sector tech powerhouse”

Two leading not-for-profit organisations in the field of technology are to merge. Jisc is a technology solutions organisation for higher and further education, while Eduserv specialises in digital transformation in local government, public bodies, healthcare, charities, higher education and emergency services.

The two charities will begin operating as one from 1 January 2019, in a move that will retain existing staff and services. The new entity will be brought together under the Jisc brand at a date as-yet unspecified, and provide support to more than 20 million users in international markets.

Jisc’s CEO, Paul Feldman (pictured above), said: “This is an exciting step forward in how we support and enable the education and wider public sectors, while taking advantage of the technologies driving Industry 4.0. Together, Jisc and Eduserv will have greater scope to co-create innovative products and services to meet the needs and expectations of students and citizens, without duplication of effort, time and money.

In a truly digital age, it is vital for the UK that a not-for-profit, socially driven technology player of scale emerges. Eduserv CEO, Jude Sheeran

“Jisc is committed to making the UK the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world, and this aim will be bolstered with the addition of Eduserv’s expertise. As a bigger social enterprise organisation, we can invest our income into developing digital services and products that empower colleges, universities and research centres to provide students with an outstanding education experience that will set them up for the needs of the modern workplace. This merger will also allow us to help lifelong learning and research be the best it can be.”

Eduserv’s CEO Jude Sheeran, who will take up a position as trustee on the Jisc board, said: “In a truly digital age, it is vital for the UK that a not-for-profit, socially driven technology player of scale emerges. From our roots in education to our more recent work with government and charities, our mission has always been to enable organisations to put digital technology to work for the benefit of society.

“The opportunity to do exactly that is greater today than it has ever been and, as a combined entity, we believe that we can have a substantially greater impact and help develop the UK’s standing as a true powerhouse of digital technology. This merger will give the public and third sectors access to more, better and potentially lower cost technology services, and digital knowledge transfer at scale, as well as a strong, top-table advocate for digital progression.”