• Dr. Karen Petrie

    Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and Reader, School of Science & Engineering University of Dundee

    Dr Karen Petrie is the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee. In this role she is responsible for the student experience in 8 different disciplines including both Computing and Engineering. She holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is an expert on Computer Games a topic which she enjoys lecturing. 

    Dr. Karen Petrie

    Sessions with Dr. Karen Petrie:

    • Technology and women

      This session will engage the audience with the issues regarding technology and women. What are the barriers for women in technology today? And, what have successful women in technology done to overcome these barriers? .

  • Dr Yi-Shan Tsai

    Research Associate SHEILA, University of Edinburgh

    Yi-Shan Tsai is a research associate in the Centre for Research in Digital Education in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.

    Her research focuses on policy and strategy formation for learning analytics in higher education. She holds a PhD and an MPhil degree in Education from the University of Cambridge.

    Prior to joining the SHEILA project team at the University of Edinburgh, she worked as an editor, a primary school teacher, and a biography writer.

    Dr Yi-Shan Tsai

    Sessions with Dr Yi-Shan Tsai:

    • Where we are heading with learning analytics - practice, challenges and policy.

      This session will introduce the concept of learning analytics. Drawing on findings of a European research project – SHEILA, Dr Yi - Shan Tsai will discuss the potential values and challenges of learning analytics and implications for institutional policy and strategy development .

  • Professor Martin Doel

    FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills UCL

    Martin Doel was appointed as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London (institute of Education) in April 2016, after having previously been the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) from 2008. 

    The AoC represents and supports further education colleges throughout the UK, working closely with Government in developing skills and education policy. Whilst at AoC, Martin was also a member of the Apprenticeship Reform Board and the Ministerial Advisory Board.  He remains a member of the Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board and is frequently requested to give evidence to Parliamentary Committees.

    Prior to taking up his appointment at AoC, Martin served for 28 years in the Royal Air Force where his final appointment was as Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services,
    He was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations and CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for his contribution to further education.

    Martin’s particular research interests at UCL (IOE) are concerned with the distinctive contribution that further education can make to national prosperity and individual well-being, and the leadership challenges facing further education providers of all kinds. 


    Professor Martin Doel

    Sessions with Professor Martin Doel:

    • Panel discussion

      Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs..

  • Lesley Broadway

    Programme Development Manager, Digital Skills Partnership - Scotland IS

    Lesley  Broadway

    Sessions with Lesley Broadway:

    • Panel discussion

      Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs..

  • Robin McGregor

    Director of Learning Enhancement, North East Scotland College

    Born and raised in Aberdeen, Robin McGregor was educated at Hazlehead Academy, the Scottish Agricultural College and the University of Aberdeen where he was awarded an MA (Hons) in Sport and Leisure Management.

    Since joining the College in 2005 Robin has held posts as Instructor, Lecturer, and Curriculum and Quality Manager prior to being appointed to his current post as Head of Learning Resources in 2014.

    Whilst working at the College Robin has achieved his TQFE from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Staffordshire University, which he undertook via part–time distance learning, and has become a qualified Prince2 Practitioner.

    Robin is extremely passionate about education and is particularly interested in the relationship between pedagogy and technology. He currently represents the College on several of national groups including the Scottish Qualification Association's E–Assessment Committee and the Scottish Learning Technologies Network.

    Robin McGregor

    Sessions with Robin McGregor:

    • Panel discussion

      Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs..

  • Mark McKenna

    Managing Director Mindful Education

    Mark is the Managing Director and Founder of Mindful Education.

    In 2015 Mark set up Mindful Education with the aim of making media-rich Further & Higher Education courses that would allow students to choose how, when and where they want to study. Mark believes that partnering with colleges is the best way to unlock the drive and expertise found within the FE sector - as well as ensuring that pedagogy and creativity drive digital education, rather than cost-cutting.

    Mark holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, a BA from the University of Bristol and was a Senior Manager with Deloitte in London.

    Mark McKenna

    Sessions with Mark McKenna:

    • The digital learning experience

      Blended learning – meeting the needs of adult and part time learners; on campus and online.

  • Bella Abrams

    ALT Trustee and Chief Information Officer, Sheffield College

    Bella Abrams is Chief Information Officer at Sheffield College responsible for IT Services, System Development. Student Records and Analysis.  She is responsible for the delivery of services to nearly 20,000 students, apprentices and staff. She has worked in online and face to face education for her whole career and is passionate about the use of technology across all levels of learning but particularly for vocational and part-time learners. Bella has a background of over 17 years in software development, project and programme management and more recently specialising in the delivery of strategic and transformational change using technology at its core.

    Bella  Abrams

    Sessions with Bella Abrams:

    • Panel discussion

      Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs..

  • Professor Charlie Jeffery

    Senior Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh

    Charlie Jeffery is Professor of Politics and Senior Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh, having earlier been Vice Principal Public Policy and Impact and Head of School of Social and Political Science. He has led a number of research initiatives on Scottish and UK politics for the UK Economic and Social Research Council and was a member of ESRC's governing Council from 2005-11.

    He chaired the UK Political Studies Association from 2011-14 and was a member of the Politics and International Studies assessment panel for the UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He has been special adviser to parliamentary committees in Scotland and at Westminster, and to the EU Committee of the Regions. He was a member of the UK Government's Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons which considered special arrangements for English legislation at Westminster.

    Most recently he has been leading work coordinated for the University of Edinburgh on the Scottish constitutional debate with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council and working with the City of Edinburgh Council to develop a ‘City Deal’ designed to drive on the economic growth of Edinburgh and the surrounding region. 

    Professor Charlie Jeffery

    Sessions with Professor Charlie Jeffery:

    • Scotland's digital learning strategy

      Are we realising the full potential of digital technology in the further and higher education sector? And what are the challenges? This session will look at how colleges and universities can embrace technology to improve teaching, research and deliver more efficient services .

  • Dr Ryan Gibson

    Lecturer, Audio and Electronic Engineering, Glasgow Caledonia University

    Dr Ryan Gibson

    Sessions with Dr Ryan Gibson:

    • Augmented reality

      Being prepared for the augmented and virtual reality revolution .

  • Dr. Bobby Nisha

    Programme Director, Urban Design and Planning, University of Sheffield

    Dr. Nisha is the Programme Director for MA in Urban Design and Planning at The University of Sheffield, UK. With a background in Architecture, her research focuses on Psychology of design, Decision-making models, and Dynamics of participatory decision-making with a focus on bridging the gap between the physical space and its perceived counterpart. Her research in Innovative models of design learning explores the potential of virtual reality/Augmented reality in Design learning and Teaching and is the Academic lead on a HEFCE funded project "Developing Design Consultants of the Future'. 

    Dr. Bobby  Nisha

    Sessions with Dr. Bobby Nisha:

    • A case study

      This session will address the pedagogic potential and future prospect of augmented reality in education by means of a case study of embedding augmented reality in design teaching at Masters level. .

  • Jason Miles Campbell

    Head of JISC Scotland and JISC Northern Ireland

    As head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland, Jason has responsibility for ensuring outstanding service for Jisc’s members in each nation, providing digital solutions for education and research.

    With a background in law, Jason’s passion for education began with a lectureship at the University of Abertay in Dundee, becoming an enthusiastic adopter of technology in teaching (including use of online self-assessment with large classes, delivering learning material online, and use of video for teaching and feedback). He also gained valuable experience through a secondment as head of law.

    In 2004, Jason became service manager at Jisc Legal, and for a decade managed the delivery of practical assistance in technology and law to UK FE and HE before being appointed to his current role in 2015.

    Beyond his enthusiastic evangelism for good use of technology in education, he enjoys running, cooking (haggis wontons are a speciality), and judging schools debating.

    Jason Miles Campbell

    Sessions with Jason Miles Campbell:

    • Maximising digital capability

      Effective and appropriate use of technology by staff is vital in providing an enhanced student experience and in realising a good return on investment in the digital environment. This session will show how Jisc's support can prepare staff, improve digital leadership, pedagogy and efficiency.

  • Jim Metcalfe

    Chief Executive, College Development Network

    Jim Metcalfe

    Sessions with Jim Metcalfe:

    • Scotland's digital learning strategy

      Are we realising the full potential of digital technology in the further and higher education sector? And what are the challenges? This session will look at how colleges and universities can embrace technology to improve teaching, research and deliver more efficient services .

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30 November 2017 Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University

EduTech - FE & HE

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