UK: Jisc and Eduserv Announce Merger
Jisc, the UK’s technology solutions organisation for higher and further education, and Eduserv, which specialises in digital transformation in local government, public bodies, healthcare, charities, higher education and emergency services, are coming together to form a unique powerhouse of world-leading expertise to benefit all UK and overseas clients.
The two charities will begin operating as one from 1 January 2019, in a move that will retain existing staff and services.
The new organisation’s collective expertise will provide unparalleled technological support to more than 20 million users in several international markets such as the US, Australia and Scandinavia.
For members and customers, there will be a greater range of services to choose from with Chest, OpenAthens and Eduserv Cloud Solutions creating a strong portfolio of services with Jisc’s current offer.
The new organisation will be more influential in its aim to make the UK the most digitally advanced nation in the world; it will have more influence in governmental organisations and its collective buying power will have more clout when negotiating deals.
Besides its portfolio of more than 100 products and services, Jisc operates the national research and education network, Janet, and has a staff of more than 620 principally in London, Manchester, Harwell and Bristol. Eduserv has 100 Bristol-based employees and focuses on digital transformation, identity and access management, licensing and cloud solutions.
The 220 Jisc staff at its central Bristol office will stay in situ until refurbishment is complete at Eduserv’s building in the city, forecasted to be completed in autumn 2019.
Jisc and Eduserv will keep their individual identities and websites after 1 January 2019, although in time, the new entity will be brought together under the Jisc brand.
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