Collections Banding was introduced well over a decade 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 Jisc Banding is
beneficial to UK higher and further education, the Research Councils and
several other sectors.
four years ago, we 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 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
time being, schemes for other sectors have remained unchanged. The scheme for
FE colleges is under review, but is currently awaiting the outcome
of the government-sponsored area review of overall FE sector provision in
England. Research Council banding should also be revised shortly.
HEI scheme retains multiple bands (Bands 1-10, with Band 5 divided into 5A and
5B). It is based on Total Relevant Income: this is the total income each
institution receives, as reported to, and by, HESA, according to recognised
sector-wide accounting standards, less the relatively small income in a number
of HESA-designated categories, namely:
& Catering Income
from Intellectual Property Rights
& Investment Income
of Deferred Capital Grants (i.e spending of capital funds)
categories have been excluded as having little or no impact on the use of
electronic resources. In addition, capital funds spending can vary
significantly from year to year, potentially distorting the relevant income
figure. The excluded categories on average amount to about 8% of an HEI’s total
income, though of course vary to some extent by institution. A much wider range
of data is employed than for the previous scheme, which used only three types
of public sector income. All data is obtained from HESA’s financial
grouping of HEIs is very different from the previous scheme. There is no
relationship between bands in the previous scheme and bands in the current
Click here to see the current (1-10)
banding for all UK HEIs
here to see the previous (A-J) banding
and suppliers have now realigned their pricing in the light of the new scheme.
We are maintaining our focus on negotiating fair pricing for the community
throughout the transition to the new scheme, and continuing to work with
institutions and publishers to achieve the best deals, as the planned
transition nears completion.
started using the current Jisc Banding for new Licence Agreements on 1 August
2013, and implemented the revised banding for renewals of existing agreements
from 1 August 2014. Most agreements have now (March 2016) moved to the current
banding, although the previous bands are still in force in a number of
be updating the banding scheme every three years or so. However, this will
be a minor revision using the latest financial data from HESA rather than the
major change of a few years ago. 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. In due course, we
may transfer to making use of a moving average of Total Relevant Income over a
period of say three years, further to iron out any annual fluctuations. The
band boundaries will be adjusted to take account of changes in sector overall
income, so that institutions do not gradually rise through the bands as a
result of inflation and other sectoral income changes. Any updated band
allocations will only apply to new and renewed agreements, not to existing
Background: what is Jisc Banding?
Banding Model is the basis for subscription fees for most of 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.
further details on which Jisc Bands each member organisation is assigned to,
please see the Banding list pages in the left hand menu.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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?
contact the Banding Manager at email@example.com.
Contact and feedback
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated March 2016