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Universities and FE colleges (teaching over 400 HE FTEs) were invited to become involved in the new Course Data: making the best of course information Programme which will help prepare the sector for increasing demands on course data. This differs from other JISC programmes as all eligible institutions were invited to take part in Stage 1 and a majority of these will be selected to go forward into Stage 2.

Course Data: making the most of course information - Stage 1

Universities and FE colleges (teaching over 400 HE FTEs) were invited to become involved in the new Course Data: making the best of course information Programme which will help prepare the sector for increasing demands on course data. This differs from other JISC programmes as all eligible institutions were invited to take part in Stage 1 and a majority of these will be selected to go forward into Stage 2.

A letter of commitment signed by key senior staff was needed in order to receive £10,000 of JISC funding to complete Stage 1. This supported the production of an implementation plan outlining changes required to improve course data flows within the institution and produce feeds for external agencies. Institutions put forward these implementation plans for selection into Stage 2. 63 institutions were selected for Stage 2 on the basis of these plans, representing a range of states of preparedness.

Stage 1 Deliverables

Stage 1: Project Plan (Word)

 Submit asap but before 31th October 2011 to

Stage 1: Completion Statement (Word)  Submit before 30th January 2012 to 

Stage 2: Project Implementation Plan (Word)
           Appendix A: Financial Report (Excel)
           (Example Appendix A template Excel)
           Appendix B: Work Packages (Word)

 Submit before 12:00 noon on 21st  November 2011 to
XCRI Self-assessment Framework (SAF) Review
further information on XCRI SAF (Word)
 Submit before 12:00 noon 21st  November 2011 to


Frequently asked Questions  

JISC Project Plan Template

Stage 1 Project Plan and Stage 2 Project Implementation Plan use the same JISC Project Template, but separate documents are needed for the 2 stages. Stage 1 Plan covered work to be carried out during Sept 7th – Nov 21st, with the £10,000 funding already received, whilst the Stage 2 Implementation Plan is for proposed work to be selected for further funding to happen between Jan 2012 - Mar 2013. The Stage 1 Project Plan sections below only need to be completed, if they are helpful in running your project during stage 1:

1.5 Impact
3.1 Evaluation plan
3.2 Quality assurance
3.3 Dissemination plan
3.4 Exit and embedding plans
3.5 Sustainability plans

All the other sections apart from those above should be useful to you. You do not have to include a budget and a work packages appendices, unless they are useful to you for running the Stage 1 work. It is assumed projects will need to plan how the work will be completed, with some sort of outline as to how you will spend the money, but JISC do not have to see this detail.

Stage 2 Selection Criteria that will be applied to Stage 2 implementation plans

Download the word document for further details

Stage 1 Projects Meeting Presentation (ppt)
including information that needs to go into Stage 2 Implementation Plans  

Communication with Stage 1 Projects

If you are involved in one of the stage 1 projects join our COURSEDATASTAGE1 jiscmail list. 
To subscribe or unsubscribe visit: coursedatastage1 mailing list

Support and Resources

  • There is a wealth of information available on the XCRI Knowledge Base aimed at staff in non-technical, technical and strategic roles. You can find information about planning and processes and technical implementation, as well as a range of case studies from institutions that have already worked with XCRI-CAP.  
    - For a rapid non-technical overview of XCRI-CAP, refer to What is XCRI-CAP?
    - For a quick start to planning for XCRI-CAP implementation, see the Guide to Implementation.
  • JISC Project Management Guidelines. These guidelines are for institutions that have received funding for JISC Course Data Stage 1 projects and are preparing implementation plan bids for Stage 2 funding. The project plan is to define the aims and objectives, and explain how they will be achieved, what will be delivered, how the project will be managed, and how success will be measured.
  • JISC InfoNet infokits contain a wealth of 'self-help' material, from simple methodologies to manage projects, risks, change and processes. Infonet also run events and workshops to support our online resources and have a range of free publications available to order.


Online Meetings

Tuesday 15 Nov 14:00-15:30 - Discussion about Stage 2 Implementation Plans (Part 2)

Monday 14 Nov 14:00-15:30 - Discussion about Stage 2 Implementation Plans (Part 1)

Thursday 10 Nov 14:00-15:30 - Discussion about XCRI-CAP, HEAR and KIS

26th October 2011, 14:00-16:00 – OK, so What Is XCRI-CAP and Why is it important ?

The event was pitched at and of interest to roles including: Management Information Systems such as Student Record Systems, IT, Web Development and Marketing. It addressed the following questions: 

  • What is XCRI-CAP?
  • Why is important?
  • What are the benefits of implementing XCRI-CAP
  • Q&A

Stage1 Projects Meetings

The following three sessions took place:

Friday, 28 October - London
Friday, 4 November - Birmingham
Monday, 7 November - Leeds

For more information please go to: Course Data Stage 1 Projects Meetings 

 Presentation Slides

The following 93 institutions received funding for stage 1 of the programme: 

Regional Map of Projects

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Arts University College at Bournemouth
  • Aston University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birkbeck, University of London 
  • Birmingham University
  • Bishop Burton College
  • Blackpool and the Flyde College
  • Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Bradford College
  • Brunel University
  • Burton and South Derbyshire College
  • Canterbury Christ Church
  • University City College Norwich
  • City College Plymouth
  • City of Bristol College
  • Cornwall College
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University
  • De Montfort University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
  • Harper Adams University College
  • Keele University
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds City College
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Leeds Trinity University College
  • Leicester College
  • Liverpool John Moores
  • Liverpool University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics
  • Loughborough College
  • Loughborough University
  • Middlesex University
  • Myerscough College
  • New College Durham
  • Newcastle College
  • Newcastle University
  • North Lindsey College
  • Norwich University College of the Arts
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Plymouth University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Somerset College
  • Southampton Solent University
  • St George’s, University of London
  • St Mary's University College
  • Staffordshire University
  • Teeside University
  • The Sheffield College
  • University College Falmouth
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Bolton
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Derby
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of the West of England
  • University of West London
  • University of Westminster
  • Warwickshire College
  • Wigan and Leigh College
  • Wiltshire College
  • Worcester College of Technology
  • Writtle College