As a further education (FE) college embarking on a merger, you face significant challenges ahead – as you aim to create a new college with the infrastructure and vision to meet learners’ digital needs.
To achieve your goals, you’re likely to need specialist support – whether you’re planning a new approach to IT infrastructure, considering how to improve the student experience, or getting buy-in for a unified digital strategy.
That’s why we have created a modular package of consultancy services, designed for merging and restructuring FE colleges.
You can work through these services step by step, or mix and match them to suit your needs. Some come as part of your membership, while others are available for a charge.
All our services are delivered by subject specialists – to give you practical support and clarity as you move through a complex period of change.
How our services help you
Using our merger services, you can review and develop your infrastructure; develop your vision and strategy; access support as you plan your merger project, and share effective practice with peers.
When you’re planning major change, reviewing and developing your IT infrastructure is an important step. We offer the following tools and services to help:
We review the relative strengths of your IT infrastructure, systems and processes – and identify areas where improvement may be possible.
Following on from the infrastructure review, this more detailed service – also included in your membership – helps you create a high-level development plan for the future, and develop specific ‘project briefs’ to help inform your outline business case for change.
IT support skills audit
Having the right balance of IT support skills is vital. Through this optional, paid-for audit, you can identify vulnerabilities and areas for improvement, to help ensure you have the skills you need to meet your goals.
As a merged organisation, you want to use digital services to improve teaching, learning and assessment. But to achieve this, your new organisation will need a clear vision and strategy. We offer the following support:
Digital strategy review
This fact-finding consultancy service – included in your Jisc membership – helps you assess your digital strengths and weaknesses and identify next steps.
Ensuring readiness for digital practice
To help develop your digital vision, you need your stakeholders to take ownership of digital objectives.
In this chargeable service, our specialists work with you to achieve this – and facilitate discussion by leading two bespoke, half-day workshops at your site.
We offer two optional, paid-for services to help you through the merger process:
Project planning support
Our specialists can help you create a well-planned, achievable and costed project plan – agreeing work streams, scope, deliverables, milestones and risks.
Critical friend/implementation support
We can also provide support in implementing specific aspects of your merger – providing resources on the ground, or guidance in the form of a “critical friend”.
Sharing effective practice
As part of your membership, we offer a quarterly online briefing on emerging effective practice – to help you share digital approaches with other organisations, and learn from peers who are going through or have completed a merger.