Speakers

  • 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 .

  • Paul Little

    Principal & CEO, City of Glasgow College

    Paul Little is the founding Principal and CEO of City of Glasgow College, Scotland’s largest college, ranked in the top two in the UK for the standard of its technical and professional skills (WorldSkills).

    Principal Little enjoys a global reputation as an academic leader being amongst the UK’s foremost Thought Leaders and Change Innovators, having successfully reshaped five colleges and also redefined college education across Great Britain.

    A distinguished academic and alumnus of Harvard, as well as eight other world class universities; Paul is an Advanced Management Graduate of Harvard Business School and an Executive Government Graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Principal Little has combined his distinguished 30 year career in the tertiary sector with 30 years’ service part-time with Her Majesty’s coastguard for which he was decorated three times by Her Majesty The Queen. He was also selected to deploy with the US Coastguard where he completed three tours of duty and was made an Honorary Member.
     

    Paul Little

    Sessions with Paul Little:

    • The digital transformation journey

      This session will look at how to implement critical change across your institution .

  • Dr Sally Smith FBCS PFHEA

    Dean of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

    Sally is the Dean of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Working with ScotlandIS, she is also the Project Director of e-Placement Scotland, a Scottish Funding Council project designed to create 2300 new paid placements for computing students across Scotland. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Sally leads the Centre for Computing Education Research at Edinburgh Napier researching computing pedagogy, placement outcomes, experiences and impact of graduate level apprenticeships, student transitions, professional identity and ICT leadership.

    Sally studied Maths at Aberdeen University, Computer Science at City University and a DBA at Edinburgh Napier University.

    Dr Sally  Smith FBCS PFHEA

    Sessions with Dr Sally Smith FBCS PFHEA:

    • 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • Ash Merchant

    Education Director Fujitsu

    Ash Merchant has 25 years’ experience as an IT industry professional. Currently Director of Education at Fujitsu, Ash has held senior consultancy positions in government advisory bodies and was closely involved in the development and successful execution of government ICT in education initiatives. In 2011, Ash was part of a team that received a Tech4Good award in recognition of a project that provided bespoke ICT packages to enable over 9,000 children with disabilities to get online. On re-joining Fujitsu in May 2014 Ash has led the Education strategy and its execution. The Fujitsu Education Ambassador program is making a significant impact by putting the best technology in the hands of teachers and students and supporting the development of digital skills by driving collaboration between industry and education

    Ash  Merchant

    Sessions with Ash Merchant:

    • Master Class 1: The Road to Digital Learning

  • Paul Chapman

    Head of the School of Simulation and Visualisation Glasgow School of Art

    Professor Paul Chapman is Head of the School of Simulation and Visualisation (SimVis) at GSA where he has worked since 2009. SimVis is a postgraduate research and commercial centre based in the Digital Media Quarter in Glasgow housing state of the art virtual reality, graphics and sound laboratories. Previously Paul was Director of the Hull Immersive Visualisation Centre and spent several years working as an offshore engineer in the oil, gas and diamond mining industries. Paul holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science, he is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, Fellow of the British Computer Society and member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy.

    Paul  Chapman

    Sessions with Paul Chapman :

    • From Pong to Vive – The rise, fall and rise again of computer graphics and immersive environments

      This session will look at the rapid evolution of computer graphics and rebirth of VR as well as how VR can be applied in academic settings .

  • 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 .

  • 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? .

  • 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:

    • The future of FE & skills in light of the Industrial Strategy

      The Industrial Strategy sets out the government’s plan to create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK. In light of the strategy, this session will discuss the role of the FE sector in providing the skills required for the future .

    • Panel discussion: Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs

      More than 12,600 new technology related roles are being created in Scotland each year and 65% of jobs for the next generation don't event exist yet. How can colleges and universities help bridge the digital skills gap and build a workforce for the future?.

  • 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

      More than 12,600 new technology related roles are being created in Scotland each year and 65% of jobs for the next generation don't event exist yet. How can colleges and universities help bridge the digital skills gap and build a workforce for the future?.

  • Lesley Broadwood

    Project Development Manager Scotland IS

    Lesley Broadwood has worked in the field of education, careers and skills for over 20 years. With a background in teaching, her experience includes: management of regional projects and national programmes; strategic planning; leading and inspiring teams to deliver successful outcomes, providing innovative solutions to organisational issues and analysis of economic, careers and education policy.

    As Head of Employer Relations at Edinburgh Napier University she established and led the Employer Relations department which acted as a central point for employer engagement activity across the institution.  She provided strategic oversight of the University’s engagement with employers, oversaw business services and the University's events, employer mentoring and internship programmes. More recently Lesley led the development of Graduate Level Apprenticeships at The Open University.

    Lesley  Broadwood

    Sessions with Lesley Broadwood:

    • Panel discussion: Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs

      More than 12,600 new technology related roles are being created in Scotland each year and 65% of jobs for the next generation don't event exist yet. How can colleges and universities help bridge the digital skills gap and build a workforce for the future?.

  • Robin McGregor

    Director of Learning Enhancement, North East Scotland College

    As Director of Learning Enhancement at North East Scotland College, Robin is responsible for ensuring the growth of transformational activity aimed at enhancing the learner experience, both inside and outside of the classroom via the adoption of creative and innovate approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

    With a background in Sport Science, Robin has worked at NESCol for over 12 years in a variety of academic and support posts including Lecturer, Curriculum Manger and Head of Learning Resources. In addition to his current post, Robin also sits on the College’s Regional Board.

    With responsibility for strategic leadership of the College’s Learning Technologies, Central Timetabling, Library, Digital Skills Development and Learning Development teams, Robin has a broad range of knowledge and experience  in supporting learners to develop the skills necessary to be successful in learning, life and work.

    Most recently Robin has been leading the College’s “BYOD” project, which has successfully embedded the use of mobile devices and relevant digital technologies within the curriculum of over 4000 students, and the new “Digital Futures” project, which aims to help staff and students to develop their digital capabilities.
     

    Robin McGregor

    Sessions with Robin McGregor:

    • Panel discussion: Bridging the digital skills gap and meeting employer needs

      More than 12,600 new technology related roles are being created in Scotland each year and 65% of jobs for the next generation don't event exist yet. How can colleges and universities help bridge the digital skills gap and build a workforce for the future?.

  • Ryan Kennedy

    Academic Computing Team Manager University of Reading

    Ryan Kennedy is the Academic Computing Team Manager at the University of Reading, responsible for physical and technical infrastructure to support research across the University. In this role Ryan and his team look after multiple compute and storage clusters servicing the ever-expanding requirements of academics.

    Ryan Kennedy

    Sessions with Ryan Kennedy:

    • Masterclass A2: Reading University; The Digital Transformation Journey

    • Master Class 2: Reading University: The Digital Transformation Journey

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30 November 2017 Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University

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