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Latest news:  Jisc Banding for HEIs revised

Jisc Collections Banding was introduced ten years ago and has been a very successful tool in enabling Jisc Collections to negotiate differentiated pricing. It has enabled many institutions to subscribe to resources which would otherwise have been unaffordable. We believe strongly that the Jisc Banding is beneficial to UK higher and further education, the Research Councils and several other sectors.

We have now completed a major revision of the banding scheme as it applies to Higher Education Institutions: the first complete overhaul since it was first introduced. The move was prompted by the changes in the way HEIs are funded, and the need to make sure that we had a scheme that would still work if there are further changes in HE finance. The new scheme also allows for the different approaches to funding in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For the time being, schemes for other sectors remain unchanged. The scheme for FE colleges is under review, but is currently (December 2015) awaiting the outcome of the government-sponsored area review of overall FE sector provision in England.

The new HEI scheme retains ten bands (Bands 1-10.) It is based on all relevant income: this is all the income each institution receives in relation to research, teaching and other knowledge-based activities such as consultancy, but does not include the fairly small income from activity that has no impact on the use of electronic resources (such as endowment income.)  This is a much wider range of data than the old scheme, which used only three types of public sector income. As in the previous scheme, we obtain the data for the “All Relevant Income” model from HESA’s financial statistical reports.

The grouping of HEIs is very different from the old scheme. There is no relationship between bands in the old scheme and bands in the new scheme.

Click here to see the new (1-10) banding for all UK HEIs

Click here to see the old (A-J) banding

Publishers will be realigning their pricing in the light of the new scheme. We will maintain our focus on negotiating fair pricing for the community throughout the transition to the new scheme, and we will be working with institutions and publishers to achieve a planned transition over several years.


We implemented the new Jisc Banding from 1 August 2014 for renewals of existing Jisc Collections agreements.  It will take around three years from 1 August 2014 for all resources to transition to the new Jisc Banding. We started using the new Jisc Banding for new Licence Agreements on 1 August 2013.


We will be updating the banding scheme  every two years in future. However, this will be a minor revision using the latest financial data from HEFCE rather than the major change that we have had to make on this occasion. We will also be making sure that HEIs close to the edge of a band only change when there has been a significant and sustained change to their income, and not just every time there has been a minor change that happens to push them just over the edge of their band.

Background: what is Jisc Banding?

The Jisc Banding Model is the basis for all subscription fees for the online resources in our Catalogue. All of our institutional members, that is Further and Higher Education institutions, Specialist Colleges and Research Councils in the UK, are ranked into one of ten Jisc Bands for their sector. As far as possible, we choose banding metrics that are appropriate to each sector.

 For further details on which Jisc Bands each member organisation is assigned to, please see the Banding list pages in the left hand menu. 

We have also developed Banding Models for our affiliate members who are not Further and Higher Education institutions, Specialist Colleges or Research Councils. For information about the banding metrics developed for affiliate members, please contact Tony Kidd, Banding Manager (

How do I find the Jisc Banding for my institution?

What should I do if I cannot find my institution on the list or if I think the Banding for my institution has changed?

Please contact the Banding Manager at

Contact and feedback

We hope this has provided you with useful information, but we very much welcome your feedback or questions. If you have any questions about the banding, you can contact Tony Kidd, Banding Manager at Jisc: