Steering Group Terms of Reference

Last updated April 2014

The FE Skills Window Project  is a Jisc-funded project that aims to provide teaching practitioners within the Further Education and Skills sector with simple, flexible and easy to navigate routes to Jisc digital content that is directly relevant to their curriculum, qualifications and working practices. This would allow practitioners to access resources, adapt and repurpose them and provided further encouragement to update the resources held by Jisc. Further project details will be available to the Steering Group via the Project Plan and externally on the project blog: https://feskillswindow.jiscinvolve.org.

To help support the development of this project, a Steering Group has been established. This document outlines the Terms of Reference for that Group.

Mimas who will facilitate the group manages this project and we will be appointing a chair for the meetings.

The function of the Steering Group is to provide independent, external advice to Mimas and Jisc in order to help the project develop and achieve its aims.

Members of the FE Skills Window Project Steering Group will:

·  provide strategic input to Mimas and Jisc, particularly in terms of issues such as prioritising functionality developments based on user requirements , content to be included, relationships with wider stakeholders and other content providers, and future funding

·  act as critical friend to with respect to grassroots perspectives, market intelligence and user feedback

·  act as a sounding board for new ideas and developments

·  identify and help to build partnerships

·  act as advocates of the project in their own areas of work and at conferences and events they attend

·  advise on development and planning work, making recommendations, and informing prioritisation

·  assist Jisc in monitoring progress of the project

·  provide appropriate and constructive challenges to the assumptions of the project

The Steering Group will meet three times a year throughout the project lifetime (ends 31/07/15), meetings will be via a mix of face to face (location will be initially be Manchester but subsequent meeting locations will be discussed with the group and could include online meetings). Steering Group members will be kept informed of all matters relating to its activities by way of a closed email discussion list.

Reasonable expenses will be payable for travel and subsistence costs.  We do not envisage any overnight accommodation will be required for these meetings.

Membership

Membership is drawn from the Jisc Community, Further Education Colleges, Skills providers, Regional Support Centres as well as the Jorum Team and Jisc from across the United Kingdom.