The Department for Education has traditionally fully funded the cost of Jisc for FE colleges in England. But following a decision by the government to significantly reduce the amount of funding it provides, Jisc has been asked to adopt a “mixed-funding model” from August next year.
What this means is that its services will be paid for through a combination of government funding and a subscription paid by colleges.
By the time the subscription is introduced in August 2019, the DfE’s grant to Jisc will have shrunk by more than £10 million, or about 40 per cent, since 2014.
Skills minister Anne Milton claims that the mixed-funding model would “increase Jisc’s accountability to colleges and will encourage subscribing colleges to make use of the full range of services that Jisc provides”.
The new charges will only affect colleges in England. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the cost of Jisc will continue to be fully funded by the devolved governments.