Course Information Group

The XCRI project aims to define a generic course description specification for the UK.

Members of the project team are using this web site to communicate their progress and findings.

XCRI’s extension funding has produced a Course Advertising Profile schema that will be the subject of JISC-funded national trials (JISC Capital Programme 04/06 – Appendix D Item V)

NEW: A report summarising XCRI’s first 18 months of activity is now available to download

Frequently Asked Questions

What is XCRI?

XCRI is a JISC-funded project that aims:
To define a vocabulary and appropriate technology bindings (e.g. XML, RDF) for describing course-related information that encompasses course marketing, course quality assurance, enrolment and reporting requirements

What does XCRI stand for?

eXchanging Course-Related Information

Who is involved in XCRI?

XCRI is a partnership, led by Dr Mark Stubbs of Manchester Metropolitan University, involving a range of institutions including UCAS (the UK’s national course information and applications aggregator). Full details of the partners can be found below

What has XCRI produced so far?

XCRI has released an XML schema for describing course information that has been piloted in institutions across the UK, from Glasgow to Exeter, from Liverpool to London, Oxford and Hertford. A demonstration search web service is now available. Full details of major project output are available below, although there are over 80 documents on this site that give a complete account of the history, development and design decisions underlying those outputs.

How do I keep up to date with XCRI’s work?

The project manager maintains a blog on this site that gives a good account of developments and progress – see below. If you wish to be included in any project mailings, please let the project manager know: email


Project partners and interested parties currently include:

  • Mark Stubbs, Manchester Metropolitan University, Project Leader
  • Michael Aherne, Reid Kerr College
  • Balbir Barn, Thames Valley University
  • Dagfinn Begsager, University of Oslo
  • Hilary Dexter, University of Manchester
  • Derek Hendy, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Wilbert Kraan, CETIS
  • Adam Marshall, Oxford University
  • Greg McClure, Northern Ireland Integrated Managed Learning Environment project
  • Sean Mehan, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • David O’Hare, Northern Ireland Integrated Managed Learning Environment project
  • Alan Paull, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service / APS Ltd
  • Geoff Ramshaw, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
  • Tavis Reddick, Fife College
  • Peter Rees-Jones, Leeds University
  • Jon Rowett, Brockenhurst College
  • Mark Stiles, Staffordshire University
  • Paul Walk, London Metropolitan University
  • Scott Wilson, CETIS
  • Vashti Zarach, CETIS