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
For the time being, schemes for other sectors remain unchanged.
The scheme for FE colleges will be reviewed in early 2014 as there have also
been significant changes in the way FE is funded.
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
Click here to see the
new (1-10) banding for all UK HEIs
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
We plan to implement the JISC Banding from 1 August 2014 for
renewals of existing JISC Collections agreements. The new banding will apply
when a licence agreement is renewed, so it will take around three years from 1
August 2014 for all resources to transition to the new JISC Banding. We will
however use the new JISC Banding from 1 August 2013 for any new Licence
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
For further details
on which JISC Bands each member organisation is assigned to, please see the
Banding list pages in the left hand menu. [Menu links to be updated]
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 Lorraine Estelle, CEO (email@example.com) or Hugh Look, Banding Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How do I find the JISC Banding for my institution?
Higher Education Institutions
Further Education Institutions
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 email@example.com.
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 Hugh Look, Banding Manager at JISC