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Jisc and HESA confirm merger

Jisc logoThe two tertiary education sector bodies officially join forces from 4 October 2022.

Jisc, the UK’s digital body for tertiary education, and HESA have announced a merger, taking effect from the beginning of October 2022.

The move will see all 171 HESA colleagues, including its CEO Rob Phillpotts, move to Jisc, creating a new data collection and statistics directorate. Phillpotts, who has led HESA since November 2021, will head up the directorate and join Jisc’s executive leadership team. 

Following consultation with the sector and the agreement of the Department for Education, the legal status as the sector’s designated data body (DDB) for England now transfers to Jisc, managed through the newly defined data collection and statistics directorate. This merger means the responsibility for collecting and publishing statutory data for all higher education providers across the UK now lies with Jisc.

Jisc CEO, Heidi Fraser-Krauss, said:

“This merger has been a long time in the making, with Jisc welcoming on board HESA’s skilled data analytics team back in 2019.

“This month, the transfer of the remaining colleagues will consolidate the considerable expertise of both organisations to create a resilient, joint capability for delivering the sector's data and digital needs.”

Rob Phillpotts said:

“I am delighted that we have completed this merger and are now able to focus on developing the services we offer and on delivering benefit to our provider customers, to students and to other data users.

“Our work will continue without disruption as we bring our two organisations together. 

“I am really looking forward to working with Heidi and the rest of the leadership team at Jisc to enhance Jisc’s  combined digital and data capabilities and to provide trusted, expert advice, guidance along with a broad range of services across the sector.”

Jisc is now the data controller of personal data previously controlled by HESA. Privacy information on the HESA website has been updated.

Notes for editors: 

  • Jisc and HESA have been exploring a merger for some years following the Bell Review of 2017, which recommended consolidation among sector bodies.  
  • Post-merger and for the foreseeable future, HESA’s brand will continue and its website will remain as a data-hosting platform. 

About Jisc 

Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection.  Jisc also provides technology solutions for members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.  

For more information about Jisc contact [email protected] or 07780 062648. 

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