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Jun 12
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
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Registration and Breakfast Briefing with Cognizant: Building the next generation student experience
  • Euan Davis - Head of Center for the Future of Work Europe, Cognizant

Technologies are supercharging the student experience from AI and machine learning to 5G and quantum computing. The challenge for educators is to build a learning experience that is immersive, innovative and connected to the needs of the student in the way that they want to learn. This breakfast briefing will explore what it takes to build the next generation student experience.

Come & enjoy a coffee with the Future Edtech community. Start networking and get to know what edtech features in our exhibition across student services, institutional efficiency and teaching and learning.

09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Welcome & Introduction
  • Richard Palmer - Practice Leader, Public Sector, Ovum
  • Sophie Bailey - Founder & Host, The Edtech Podcast
09:10 - 09:50 40 mins
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Institutional capability and leadership development for the 21st Century University
How to develop the team who will deliver change
  • Moderator Sophie Bailey - Founder & Host, The Edtech Podcast
  • Panelist Debbie Holley - Professor of Learning Innovation & Head, Centre for Excellence in Learning, Bournemouth University
  • Panelist Chris Cobb - Pro Vice-Chancellor & Deputy Chief Executive, University of London
  • Panelist Simon Launder - Deputy Chief Digital Information Officer, Coventry University
  • Panelist Wendy Purcell - Professor, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Panelist Jane Armstrong - Senior Director, EMEA Industry Solutions Higher Education, Salesforce

“Technology is not just a siloed activity concerning only the IT department; instead, it is the means to connect the entire enterprise and its various missions.” 

  • Which are the digital capabilities needed to create and sustain the modern university?
  • How can these capabilities be developed among existing staff who may be resistant to change?
  • What is the role of culture and infrastructure in ensuring these digital capabilities may flourish?
  • Which recruitment practices are bringing new leadership into Universities from outside the HE sector?
  • Balancing innovation and risk
09:50 - 10:10 20 mins
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Institutional capability and leadership development for the 21st Century University
Connected Campus Unleashed: The London School of Economics Trailblazer Story
  • Mike Page, Salesforce

Is your institution taking full advantage of technology to transform higher education? How do they help you deliver an innovative student experience?


Education is becoming more than a moment in life; it's a continuous journey of lifelong learning. The role of educators is evolving from supporting students in pursuit of a degree to guiding them on a path of personal growth and achievement.


Discover how The London School of Economics leverages Salesforce.org Education Cloud to turn data into action and transform the student & staff experience. From recruitment and student support to alumni engagement, learn how higher education institutions drive success at scale by connecting every system, team, and student across the campus.

10:10 - 10:35 25 mins
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Institutional capability and leadership development for the 21st Century University
What might a 21st campus look like?
  • Jane Bunce - Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Northampton
  • Alejandro Armellini - Dean of Learning & Teaching, University of Northampton

“Enterprise-wide insights – from teaching and learning analytics to a campus-wide Internet of Things (IoT) initiative – are on the rise. A student-centric focus demands a personalized campus and learning experience.” - 2019 Trends in Higher Education 

  • How is the University campus being developed for the 21st century?
  • What are the considerations, compromises and “bold leaps”?
  • What is the ROI for staff, students, researchers, host cities and the University?
  • Case Study: Waterside – a £330 million University of Northampton agile blended learning campus  
10:35 - 10:55 20 mins
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Institutional capability and leadership development for the 21st Century University
Escaping the Stranglehold of Silos: The Collaborative Leadership Imperative
  • Kevan Gilbert - Facilitation Practice Lead, Domain7

What if it was possible as Higher Education leaders to work together in ways that advance our very purpose as universities? Instead of projects getting lodged in inboxes, languishing in meeting rooms, and struggling to launch, what if they shaped us to become knowledge sharers, healthy debaters, and idea generators, breathing life into our original founding missions? This powerful talk makes a persuasive, compelling case for higher education to say yes to an emerging leadership toolset, declaring an urgently overdue mandate to embrace collaborative leadership, lest it lose its very life to the stranglehold of silos.

10:55 - 11:25 30 mins
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Institutional capability and leadership development for the 21st Century University
Morning Networking Break

We all know that some of the most impactful learning experiences we have had start with meaningful conversations. That’s why we are building time into the programme where you will get to build your personal networks and plan time to think about your part in creating institution-wide change, the theme of this years’ Future Edtech. Grab a coffee, take a seat and say hello to the person next to you.

11:25 - 11:45 20 mins
Institutional capability and leadership development for the 21st Century University
Transforming Transformation
  • Michael Frantzis - Chief Experience Officer, Precedent
11:45 - 12:10 25 mins
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Culture Change: Elevating the status of all to achieve excellence
Finding opportunity for students in tumultuous times
  • Josh Fleming - Head of Strategy Oversight and Implementation, Office for Students
  • The link between funding, quality criteria and learner
  • Opportunities for new entrants in the Higher Education space
  • OfS stance on technology and access for students
12:10 - 12:35 25 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
Credentialling and Assessment: How can blockchain enhance student opportunity?
  • Speaker Cameron Mirza - Head of Business Transformation, University of Bahrain
  • Speaker Sophie Bailey - Founder & Host, The Edtech Podcast
  • Speaker Natalie Smolenski - SVP Business Development and Anthropologist, Learning Machine

With Google and Apple the latest in top employers dropping University Degree requirements, how are Universities changing their accreditation to reflect the wider skill-sets of students? What innovations are happening in assessment: continuous assessment, measuring individual effort in collaborative work and moving away from paper-based exams.

Blockchain, Badges and much more.

  • Case study: Putting all learner records on the blockchain - University of Bahrain and Learning Machine
  • Fireside chat: Digital literacy and blockchain for staff and students > European Connected Learning Initative, University of Bahrain and Learning Machine
12:35 - 13:10 35 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
MindTap: How Cengage’s digital solution meets real student needs
  • Jason Bennett - Digital Solutions Marketing Manager, Cengage

In this presentation Jason Bennett, Digital Solutions Marketing Manager, will talk through the key findings of Cengage’s Student Voices research as well as introducing MindTap, Cengage’s most innovative digital platform and how it is helping to overcome student learning challenges and improve student outcomes. Based on independent research and a Coventry University case study, the presentation will discuss some key areas of concern for students and universities and how closer partnerships between universities and education and technology companies can improve the student experience.

13:10 - 14:10 60 mins
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Lunchtime: a chance to grab a bite to eat and check out the various edtech exhibitions and our networking formats below.
  • Table 1 Host Simon Launder - Deputy Chief Digital Information Officer, Coventry University
  • Table 3 Host Debbie Holley - Professor of Learning Innovation & Head, Centre for Excellence in Learning, Bournemouth University
  • Table 3 Host Ed Fidoe - Founder, The London Interdisciplinary School

Choose from hosted roundtable sessions below:


Hosted discussion tables: continue the discussion and connect with fellow thought leaders

Lunch table 1 “how do you balance innovation and risk?” 

Lunch table 2 "how does change happen across the whole university?"

Lunch table 3 “How can we create new university models with?”


14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
Creating University-wide change
  • Kareem Gad - Director - Smart Transformation and Projects, MBRU
  • Creating systems and thinking change across the University
  • Leaving behind the CIO terminology to avoid the perception of silos
14:30 - 14:55 25 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
Is the new University a subscription service?
  • Jim Knight - Head of Education, TES
  • The current university business model is broken.
  • Will subscriptions fix it? What does this mean for H.E institutions, providers and learners?
14:55 - 15:20 25 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
Introducing new university & learning models, what they want to do differently and how
  • Rosie Clayton - Cities of Learning, RSA
  • Ed Fidoe - Founder, The London Interdisciplinary School
  • Simon Wainwright - Digital Skills Adviser, Plymouth City Council

Rosie Clayton, Cities of Learning, Royal Society Arts interviews Ed Fidoe, Founder, The London Interdisciplinary School, Karen Usher, Trustee, NMITE and Simon Wainwright, Plymouth City Council

15:20 - 15:35 15 mins
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Afternoon Networking Break

Come & enjoy a coffee with the Future Edtech community. Get to know one another and explore what edtech features in our exhibition across student services, institutional efficiency and teaching and learning.

15:35 - 16:00 25 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
What might a global university look like?
  • Ian Dunn - Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, Coventry University
  • Simon Launder - Deputy Chief Digital Information Officer, Coventry University
  • The scope of international students wanting to learn is huge.
  • What are the obstacles in terms of regulation, accreditation, and joint university vision and how are existing Universities overcoming these to form meaningful partnerships?
  • What is the balance between innovation and risk, when forming partnerships?
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
How Educators Can Shape Europe into a Digital Superpower
  • Euan Davis - Head of Center for the Future of Work Europe, Cognizant

The U.S. is a world leader in software. In the last 20 years, Asia Pacific has become the hardware epicentre of the globe. Where then does Europe stand in this digital landscape, as it looks to the east and the west? What will it take for Europe to enjoy a renaissance of growth and opportunity, charting a middle way between late-stage American hyper capitalism and Chinese digital command-and-control? Fail to reignite Europe’s creative genius, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be a non-European event. This presentation builds out from a study Europe—Digital Superpower? Or Second-rate Peripheral Player? And the following post on LinkedIn. It is also related to our broader research about the Future of Learning: Relearning how we learn from the campus to the workplace.

16:20 - 17:00 40 mins
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Partnerships creating the modern mission for the University - cloud, blockchain, Human/AI relationships, offline, online
Can universities do more with less?
  • Richard Palmer - Practice Leader, Public Sector, Ovum
  • Josh Fleming - Head of Strategy Oversight and Implementation, Office for Students
  • Rachel Hewitt - Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute
  • Wendy Purcell - Professor, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • The higher education industry continues to face a variety of disruptive forces, from higher levels of competition for students to concerns over the rising costs of tuition and, with it, student debt. Changing student demographics and expectations are also contributing to changing educational delivery models, across a variety of in-person and online learning experiences. While the expansion of higher education to target a broader and more diverse range of constituents is undoubtedly a positive development, it nonetheless represents a major challenge for institutions, which are increasingly being asked to do more with fewer resources and less funding – Ovum Industry Report “2019 Trends to Watch: Higher Education”

Can Universities turn this challenge into an opportunity? Internet of Things timetabling innovations, scaling cohorts though artificial intelligence, and unbundled degrees explored in this session. 

17:00 - 17:05 5 mins
End of Future Edtech 2019 – see you next year!