Collaborative Tools to Support Business and Community Engagement

Business and Community Engagement (BCE) is the strategic management of interactions, partnerships and transactions with partners and clients external to the institution. The scope of engagement includes the commercial sector, the public sector (including charities and trusts), the cultural landscape and the social and civic arena.

JISC, through its Advisory Services, is running a project to trial online collaborative tools to support Business and Community Engagement (BCE) activities within a range of institutional contexts. We are looking for partner institutions with an open and proactive outlook willing to run a trial in order to identify good practice, challenges and issues and to share lessons learned. Funding of up to £30,000 is available to partner institutions to contribute towards the cost of participating in the project. For further details of the call for Expressions of Interest (now closed) visit http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/bce/collab-tools-ceoi.

We  held our second round of  the selection process last week in Birmingham. This was in the form of ‘Pitch and Perfect’, where the proposers gave their Pitch and then through discussions with a panel we started the Perfect process. We intend to write-up this process as it proved to be a very useful technique in the selction process. So watch this space!

In the first week of February we will be in a position to publish the list of those institutions who have been successful in their bid to be part of this really exciting project.

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