Data Protection for Work Based Learning (31 December 2014)

This Q and A provides an overview of data protection and how it may apply in a variety of scenarios relevant to work based learning (WBL) providers.

Summary of the Impact for FE and HE of the Hargreaves Review (1 October 2014)
This summary examines the potential impact for FE and HE of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, May 2011 and summarises the current progress with regards to implementation.
Mergers, Technology and the Law (3 September 2014)
This guidance is intended for institutions that are considering, or are perhaps in the process of, merging with one or more colleges or universities to form a single institution.
Human Rights Law Overview (3 September 2014)
FE and HE institutions are required by the Human Rights Act to operate in a way that upholds and protects the human rights of those they deal with.  This guidance examines the most relevant human rights in the context of colleges and universities.
BYOD Video (12 March 2014)
This video highlights Jisc Legal's resources for colleges and universities on the legal issues that arise when considering a bring your own device policy.
Social Media and the Law Top Tips (18 February 2014)

Jisc Legal's Top Tips for managing the legal aspects of social media use effectively.

Social Media for Staff Legal Checklist (18 February 2014)
A short reference guide for universities, colleges and learning providers to ensure risks are recognised and managed appropriately, while clarifying for staff what the boundaries are.
Social Media for Staff Policy Template (10 February 2014)

This template is to help learning providers consider relevant issues, make decisions (according to their own risk appetite) on how social media use will be implemented and regulated, and to write a social media policy that is fit for their purpose.

Jisc Legal for Research (12 November 2013)

Jisc Legal for UK Research is your guide to how Jisc Legal contributes to providing infrastructure and support to the needs of researchers.

Facing up to Facebook: A Guide for FE and HE (02 October 2013)

In this guide, you’ll find summaries of the key legal considerations of using Facebook in an FE and HE context.

Interception and Monitoring Law Essentials (24 September 2013)
A direct, point by point guide on interception and monitoring law and its application to Further and Higher Education (FE and HE). 
Interception and Monitoring Law Overview (20 September 2013)
An examination of the current law surrounding the rights, obligations and liabilities of a college or university with regard to interception and monitoring of communications on or using its computer systems. 
Strategic Management of IPR for OER in UK HE (12 August 2013)

This paper is written in the context of the JISC and Higher Education Academy Open Educational Resources Programme (Phase 2), and aims to address some of the background issues regarding management of intellectual property rights (IPR) in UK universities.

Law and ICT in Your College (16 May 2013)

This guidance is intended for staff in further education and independent specialist colleges that provide education or training for both adult and younger learners with varying learning needs.

Bring Your Own Device Policy Template for Further Education (1 May 2013)
This “Bring Your Own Device” policy template is intended to help colleges write an effective policy that states what their approach is to the use of personally owned devices by staff and learners.
Risk, Liability and Mobile Devices (1 May 2013)
This paper provides a quick reference for managers as to the main legal risks which need to be assessed against your institution’s risk strategy before opening your institution’s ICT system to mobile access by staff and students using their own devices.
BYOD Legal Toolkit (1 May 2013)
Jisc Legal has published a BYOD toolkit in response to the rise in learners and employees using their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the work and learning environment.
Your Students, Mobile Devices, Law and Liability (1 May 2013)
This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding student mobile use.
Your Staff, Mobile Devices, Law and Liability (1 May 2013)
This paper focuses on the legal issues surrounding staff bringing their own devices.
Equality, Disability and the Law Overview (25 January 2013)
This overview paper provides an in- depth look at the disability discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and its application to the use of ICT in the provision of education services in UK colleges and universities.
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Information Governance

Welcome to JISC Legal's Information Governance web pages.  As well as current legal materials, articles and links on data protection, freedom of information, records management and other areas of law relevant to information governance, you are able to access archived material from the former JIGG project conducted by MIMAS.

Scottish Information Commissioner’s 2011 Guide to Investigations under FOISA and EIRS

The Scottish Information Commissioner has published an updated edition of the guide for Scottish Public Authorities on Investigations detailing the procedure followed in an investigation and what information will be required from a public authority.

Intangible Assets Network

This website, which is maintained by the Intellectual Property Office provides guidance on intangible assets and how to manage these assets and create value from them -

Equality Act 2010 - A Summary Guide for Public Sector Organisations

Guidance for public sector organisationsaims to make current equality law more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society fairer.

Eversheds' Intellectual Property Workbook - A Researcher’s Guide

This IP Workbook, from Eversheds LLP solicitors, contains practical examples, questions and scenarios on a range of commercially related topics with an intellectual property (IP) dimension.

Test Your Multimedia Copyright Knowledge

The Welsh Repository Network has published a learning tool to help you consider some of the copyright issues for multimedia respositories.

Interception and Monitoring Law Useful Links

The resources on this webpage provide links to information on Interception and Monitoring law available on external websites.

The Office of the Information Commissioner (UK)

The Office of the Information Commissioner's website provides a wealth of information and guidelines on both data protection and freedom of information.

Europa (EU)

The European Union's perspective on data protection with information on how each member State of the Union has implemented the EU Data Protection Directive

JISC Infonet - Infokit and Records Retention Schedules for FE and HEJISC infoNet - Infokit on Records Management - In addition the schedules provide guidance on retention times for institutional records. They are organised according to broad subject areas such as financial resources, human resources and information services.  The schedules for FE are available at -  The schedules for HE are available at -
JISC Classification Scheme & RRS for HE sector (23/10/2007)

In October 2007 JISC infoNet launched the new Business Classification Scheme and Records Retention Schedule for Higher Education institutions.

Freedom of Information Scotland - Publicly Owned Companies

In order to assist Scottish public authorities (including education institutions) who wholly own active or dormant companies, the Scottish Information Commissioner has prepared model schemes. The model schemes can be accessed from the web site at:  and

JISC Records Management Infokit (01/09/2007)

This toolkit provides details on basic concepts and techniques of records management.

JISC Information Management Infokit (01/09/2007)

The JISC Information Management infoKit was launched in September 2007 and attempts to provide a consistent framework for managing all types of internal information.

Code of Practice for Archivists and Records Managers (01/08/2007)

Generic guidance (widely applicable) together with sections devoted to the effect of the Act on the functions and activities associated with the work of Records Managers and Archivists.  

Ministry of Justice (UK)

Guidance and resources to help those who work in central government, or other public authorities, to deal with freedom of information requests.

Futurewatch Blog - Steve Bailey

A personal view by Steve Bailey of changes in records management and what they might mean.

ACPOS Retention Schedule

An example of a records management policy, produced by the Scottish police in consultation with various central agencies such as the Scottish Criminal Records Office. Version 2 produced by the ACPOS FOI group on 25th April 2005.

National Archives - Recordkeeping Magazine (01/01/2007)

RecordKeeping was published quarterly between 2004 and 2009 covering news, case studies and examples of best practice from The National Archives and the wider archives and records management communities. 

National Archives - Policy and Legislation (01/01/2007)

This section contains details of policies and legislation that relate to or have an impact on archives and records management, such as the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the current acts relating to archive services at local and regional levels.

National Archives - Electronic Records Management (01/01/2007)

The vast majority of government records are now produced electronically and The National Archives works with central and local government organisations to ensure that this information is both stored securely and easily accessible.

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Data Protection Training for University Staff

Jisc Legal has produced an online training course for university staff in the essentials of data protection law.


New RIPA Codes of Practice to Come into Force

Revised versions of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) codes of practice to come into force on 10 December 2014.


Scottish Information Commissioner Develops Self-Assessment Toolkit

This is a new resource to help authorities to review and improve their FOI performance.


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