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University of Aberdeen Library

Offsetting the costs of publishing in open access

The cost to universities of making published articles freely available can be substantial, but Jisc has developed systems to offset some of these against journal subscriptions. Jisc’s Liam Earney explains the ways it is working with publishers to ensure that the burden of the transition to open access is shared between all parties.
Sarah Jackson

N8 Research Partnership: making it easier to share equipment

Sarah Jackson, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, published her report on efficiencies in higher education earlier this year. We thought we’d catch up with her now that she’s gone back to her day job.

Jisc selects pilots for new shared service

Jisc has selected 13 institutions to pilot its research data management shared service and also announced an accompanying network to engage with interested institutions who are not part of the pilot.

HE Shared Legal

Subscription-based legal guidance service for UK HE institutions. Includes help desk and assistance with engaging legal advisers. Operating on a pilot basis, with HEFCE funding.

Shared services – Jisc shared data centre – case study – June 2015

Jisc has joined forces with Infinity SDC and six anchor tenants to provide a shared data centre for research and education. Potential benefits significant cost savings through aggregating requirements across tenants.

Model letter of agreement – facilities sharing

Model agreement for sharing facilities between institutions, developed jointly by Cambridge University and the Association of University Practitioners.
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Sharing made easy – Jisc support for equipment sharing

From anechoic chambers to wind tunnels, mass spectrometers to supercomputers, institutions are increasingly looking to share high value items of research equipment. Martin Hamilton outlines how Jisc is working with a variety of partners to help embed and accelerate asset sharing.

Dropbox for Teams

Cloud-based storage service to sync teamwork across all devices. We are negotiating a special price for the research and education sector.

HE Shared Legal invites potential subscribers to seminar

A shared legal service for the higher education sector is holding an information seminar in London on 10 March for potential subscriber institutions to learn more about its work. HE Shared Legal currently delivers services to 18 subscriber institutions, including advising on employment, contract, procurement, governance, corporate and charity law.

Portsmouth Cost Sharing Group Investigation

In April 2014 HEFCE gave an award to the University of Portsmouth to explore the feasibility of setting up a cost sharing group to deliver IT services to education providers across Portsmouth, in collaboration with Portsmouth City Council. This report, published in February 2016, sets out options for sharing resources with potential participants.