For a few years now, HEAT has been approached by a range of organisations, mainly smaller Higher Education Providers, or smaller non-profit making outreach providers, interested in joining the membership but who find the subscription price prohibitive. As a collaborative service, whose aim is to build a national dataset of outreach provision for a robust impact investigation, we have had many discussions on how we can be open to a wider range of organisations whilst balancing a tight self-sustaining budget. It is therefore exciting to announce that our Governance and Steering Group took the plunge and decided to use subscription fund accruals to match fund a lower subscription for this group of smaller providers. Having spent the last few years creating efficiencies in the service and system, we are confident that we can accommodate this new group without a detrimental impact on the current service level to all members.
Governance and Steering members feel it is our moral responsibility to be inclusive and share this member developed service, enabling smaller organisations to access the range of features, tools and expertise that HEAT has to offer. For details on the criteria members can see the HEAT Affiliate document in the HEAT File Store.