Jisc launches ‘Powering UK higher education’ strategy to support sector

Jisc publishes three-year plan to support universities towards a technology-empowered future

Jisc, the UK’s education and technology not-for-profit, has published Powering UK higher education, a three-year plan that supports universities towards a technology-empowered future.

Developed following months of discussion with sector leaders, the new higher education (HE) strategy aims to help steer and support universities across the UK.

Work on the strategy began in 2020, building on the cross-sector Learning and teaching reimagined project.

Never have digital, data and technology been so important in meeting the challenges UK universities face – Jonathan Baldwin, MD of HE, Jisc

Jisc’s managing director of HE, Jonathan Baldwin, believes the strategy will help universities develop the learnings of lockdown. He says: “Never have digital, data and technology been so important in meeting the challenges UK universities face. We are focused on supporting universities, funders and government, bringing HE communities together to solve problems and share experiences.”

The Powering UK higher education plan, developed via the pandemic, has four strategic themes:

  • Reimagining learning, teaching and assessment
  • Reframing the student experience
  • Empowering culture and leadership
  • Transforming infrastructure


Jonathan Baldwin will host a series of four podcasts with university vice-chancellors and other leading voices in HE to address each. At the first, to be published on 6 April, vice-chancellors from Falmouth, Aston and Sheffield Hallam universities will join Jisc’s chief executive, Paul Feldman “to reimagine learning, teaching and assessment”.

Feldman said: “I am excited to be working collaboratively with people in the HE sector, powering and empowering our members with the technology they need to thrive. Both through the podcasts, and with Powering UK higher education, we will explore how we do that now, and what we will do, at pace, in the future.”

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