Funding cuts begin to bite

JISC, the main national funder for IT projects and services in UK HE, made this sobering announcement just after Christmas:

“The recent grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to HEFCE means that HEFCE are having to give careful consideration as to how funding reductions arising from the grant letter will be passed on to institutions.

In the light of the grant letter, HEFCE have asked that JISC make no further commitments of capital funds ahead of the HEFCE Board meeting on 28 January at which decisions on funding allocations will be made. With this in mind, JISC is ‘freezing’ all current capitally-funded calls and ITTs, and will regrettably not be issuing any new calls or ITTs, until the funding situation is clearer.

Malcolm Read”

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