UK Report: How can education technology help universities?

March 9, 2020

UK Report: How can education technology help universities?

As part of a ‘step up programme’ Jisc and Emerge have published a joint report identifying how education technology startups can help universities overcome barriers

Jisc and Emerge are collaborating on a ‘step up programme’ to help overcome the barriers which prevent universities from adopting new education technology solutions.  This programme aims to ensure university leaders engage with the education technology companies that can develop the solutions which will address the challenges they are currently facing and anticipate facing in the coming years.

The first step in the process involved publishing a preliminary report titled: The start of something big?  The report identifies the key priorities for university leaders in the coming years which was determined through interviewing over 50 key leaders in the HE and FE sector.

Each priority section in the report is then further broken down to provide a context, a list of definitions, sub-priorities and barriers.  Following this the practical advice section summarises how education technology (EdTech) start-ups can overcome these barriers to meet the objectives for each key priority.

Global HE Enrollment (Million) by 2030

  • Interviews with over 50 strategic decision makers in HE
  • Subjects: vice-chancellors, PVCs, senior leaders, CIOs and COOs
Key Priorities
  • Student experience
  • Employability and changing expectations
  • Student recruitment
  • IT and Digital Learning Infrastructure
  • Staff recruitment

Jisc is a not-for-profit organisation which provides national research for its member organisations.  It receives funding from its members and other HE and FE groups.

Emerge is a seed fund which focuses on the HE market.  It has invested in over 50 companies and is backed by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment and Jisc.

More information on the step up programme is available here:

You can also learn more about EdTech here:

“ Declining financial sustainability is the most common existential threat facing universities across the sector. ” The start of something big? Jisc and Emerge Education