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Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

What is JISCMail?

The National Academic Mailing List Service, known as 'JISCMail', is a service designed specifically for the further and higher education and research communities and is one of a number of services provided by JISC Advance therefore making it the foremost strategic collaboration tool within the academic community.

JISCMail uses the world wide web and e-mail to enable groups of academics and support staff to talk to each other and to share information. There are thousands of groups covering many categories. If you are unable to find a group on your chosen subject and you can satisfy the JISC criteria, you may start a group of your own.


To facilitate knowledge sharing within the UK centered academic community, using email and the web, through the provision, support and development of specialist mailing list based services, enabling the delivery of high quality and relevant content. JISCMail, AKA The National Academic Mailing List Service, is one of a number of services provided by JISC Advance and funded by the JISC ( to benefit learning, teaching and research communities. JISCMail is based on a LISTSERV® system which is run by JISC Advance, based at JISC Netskills, Newcastle University. Our aims are to support topical Discussion, wide Collaboration and rapid Communications, providing a means to:

  • Share experiences
  • Enhance collaboration
  • Keep in touch with peers
  • Aid research
  • Make new contacts
  • Keep up to date with advancements in your field
  • Announce events

Who Uses JISCMail?

The main users are from Higher and Further Education and also Research communities both in the UK and worldwide. See the global distribution via our User Map.

Why Use JISCMail?

  • JISCMail can be used either via email or web browser.
  • LISTSERV is highly configurable, providing a list owner with the means to control every aspect of the list.
  • There is no need to be an IT guru as our friendly and helpful support staff are only an email or phone call away from providing assistance.
  • For out of hours help there is a variety of documentation on our website, including up to date service news.
  • JISCMail also provides detailed training and workshops at a variety of venues including bespoke sessions at your location.
  • JISCMail hosts thousands of lists on a huge variety of different subjects.