Our public affairs work

Helping to shape national policy and advocate for our members' needs.

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What we do

Jisc's public affairs team helps advocate for our member’s needs in national policy development and build influential relationships with ministers, civil servants and parliamentarians.

We engage in policy debate around the future of the higher, further education and research sectors to highlight where digital technology can make a real difference.

The team works with Jisc experts to shape policy and respond to the most important consultations. We also collaborate with major stakeholder bodies on issues of mutual interest from data poverty to reform of the further education sector.


As part of our policy partnership and commissions work, we support:

Digital poverty campaign

When universities and colleges had to close their sites during coronavirus lockdowns, many students couldn’t access reliable connectivity - so couldn’t access education.

Learners struggled to cover the costs of the mobile phone data they needed to complete their coursework remotely, faced unreliable wifi, or had to battle housemates and family members over bandwidth.

Our student digital insights survey found that 62% of students in higher education (HE) and 36% in further education (FE) experience poor wifi connection, and 22% in HE and 15% in FE struggle with mobile data costs when learning online.

Working with our sector partners, we’ve campaigned to raise awareness and find a solution. We’ve had some real success since our initial call to government in April 2020.

Digital poverty activity since April 2020

We have also provided help with connectivity issues by providing students and learning providers with edubox. Find out more in the edubox information paper (pdf).

2022 - written evidence submitted by Jisc

2021 - written evidence submitted by Jisc

2020 - written evidence submitted by Jisc

2019 - written evidence submitted by Jisc

2018 - written evidence submitted by Jisc

Government contributions

Our work with government includes contributions to:

Contact us

If you'd like to get involved with our policy work, get in touch with the public affairs team at publicaffairs@jisc.ac.uk.