• 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 critical role of the FE/HE sector in providing the skills required to ensure the Scottish economy thrives - post Brexit and beyond

      The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy is committed to supporting the development of the STEM subjects that will secure future productivity and employability gains

    • Educating for the 21st century: digital skills and sustaining the workforce of the future

      Navigating a rapidly-changing labour market, the rise of the ‘gig economy’ and understanding the threats and opportunities of automation

  • Gina Wilson

    Head of Innovation & Partnerships, College Development Network

    Gina Wilson is Head of Innovation and Partnerships at College Development Network (CDN). CDN is a skills and sector development agency; supporting the workforce across Scotland’s colleges. With particular enthusiasm for digital skills, Gina promotes sector innovation by networking colleges, showcasing and enhancing their expertise.

    Gina is a member of the Steering Group for the Scottish Government's Learning and Skills Action Plan for Cyber Resilience and the College Innovation Working Group.

    After spending 15 years in policy, public affairs and programme management in national voluntary sector organisations, Gina joined CDN from the think tank Carnegie UK Trust. While there, she worked across the UK and Ireland advancing innovative practice through public, private and third sector partnerships. Gina led the Trust’s impactful work to challenge the assumption that all young people are ‘digital natives’ (#NotWithoutMe). Gina also designed and worked on progressive place-based regeneration interventions; innovation in high street and peri-urban enterprise; the development of interactive data platforms; and public service hackathons.

    Passionate about social inclusion and justice, Gina is an experienced Children’s Panel Member and volunteer within the Scottish Prison Service.

    Twitter: @Gina_Wilson_ 

    Gina  Wilson

    Sessions with Gina Wilson :

    • Widening access, skilling-up communities and placing learning institutions at the centre of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

      The development of world-leading ‘k-hubs’ within further and higher education institutions are mission critical to Scotland’s ambition to become an innovative and ‘digital first’ nation

  • Sheila MacNeill

    Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chair of Association for Learning Technology

    Sheila is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning and is part of the Academic Development Team. Sheila's remit covers strategic direction, pedagogic guidance and practical support to staff in embedding digital learning across the curriculum as well as supporting a range of staff CPD opportunities. Sheila also works with colleagues across the University to support the development of approaches open education practice.

    Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education at howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com. Sheila is a Trustee and current Chair of ALT (Association for Learning Technology) and a previous winner of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year.

    Sheila MacNeill

    Sessions with Sheila MacNeill:

    • ‘Teaching the teacher’ – learning pathways for academic staff against a constantly evolving technology landscape

      Embedding digital learning best practice within institutions is essential to meet the current and future needs of ‘digital native’ students

  • Dr Ken Thomson

    Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College

    Dr Ken Thomson took up his role as Principal of Forth Valley College in August 2013.  He has a Degree in Zoology from Nottingham University and a PhD in Veterinary Entomology from Edinburgh University.

    As a Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences he led a four college consortium in developing a £1.5 million technical training project for bio-technology. He became Head of Science (2001), then Director of Learning Services (2003) before becoming Associate Principal (2005) at Forth Valley College and Depute Principal from 2007 with strategic responsibility for the College’s future curriculum, school/college partnership, quality assurance and learning innovation.

    Ken is a member of the Colleges Scotland Principals Group, a member of the Community Planning Leadership Group in Stirling and Falkirk and Chair of the Stirling Local Employability Partnership.

    In December 2014 Ken was appointed a Trustee and non-executive Director of Jisc. Ken is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  In November 2014, Forth Valley College were awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Innovation in FE as a result of their whole college approach to an exciting vision to “Making Learning Work”. 

    Dr Ken  Thomson

    Sessions with Dr Ken Thomson :

    • Creating a digital strategy with clear deliverables will sustain the future role and relevance of academic institutions in the wider economy

      Universities and colleges, if they align with City-Region Deals, can support the development of emerging technologies, from AI and Machine Learning to Manufacturing 4.0

  • Professor Gordon McConnell

    Vice-Principal for Commercial and Regional Innovation, Robert Gordon University

    Gordon held the title of Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from 2016 and was the Head of the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center from 2014 until December 2017. During that time he led the deployment of KAUST teaching & learning strategy and implementation in innovation and entrepreneurship including the national STEAM Innovation Challenges. Gordon developed the externally focused non-credit New Venture School programs and the KAUST for-credit teaching for Master and PhD students.

    During this time his team developed and launched Kingdom-wide startup accelerators such as the TAQADAM University Entrepreneur Accelerator and the Takamol 910th Startup Accelerator. He created the first KAUST Corporate Innovation program, which has supported innovation activities in twenty-nine organizations in Saudi Arabia including SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Airlines and Islamic Development Bank. The Center was given the award for ‘High Impact Award for University Incubation’ for the MENA region by UBI Global in October 2015.

    Prior to Saudi Arabia, he was Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, Principal Investigator of the ASU Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer, which was funded by the US Department of Defense, and an Assistant Professor of Practice.  During his time in ASU, his group was ranked in the top 10 in the US for university incubators according to the UBI Global Index. While in ASU he developed several new innovation initiatives including the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, which won the U.S. award for Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development by SSTI in 2013. He was awarded the title ‘Tech Titan’ for contributions economic development in Arizona in 2014.

    Previously Gordon was Deputy CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland where he developed new programs such as the Business Innovation Program (accredited) in 2011 and was the founder of the Propeller startup accelerator in 2010. Before the Ryan Academy, he spent several years as chief of staff to the President of Dublin City University and was architect of two of the university’s strategic plans. He was a co-founder of two funded start-up companies and also worked in a number of industry management roles including at Westinghouse and the strategy practice of Accenture.

    He has developed and taught entrepreneurship and management curriculum in a number of colleges and universities and has been a mentor to a number of startup companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States and Ireland.  McConnell was awarded the title of Arizona Tech Titan in 2014 by the Arizona Business Journal and an Award for Excellence – Outstanding Contribution from KAUST in 2015. He has spoken at a number of leading conferences in the US, Canada, Russia, and Saudi Arabia including at the Kauffman Foundation, the AUTM Annual Conference and the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).

    Professor Gordon  McConnell

    Sessions with Professor Gordon McConnell :

    • Widening access, skilling-up communities and placing learning institutions at the centre of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

      The development of world-leading ‘k-hubs’ within further and higher education institutions are mission critical to Scotland’s ambition to become an innovative and ‘digital first’ nation

    • Educating for the 21st century: digital skills and sustaining the workforce of the future

      Navigating a rapidly-changing labour market, the rise of the ‘gig economy’ and understanding the threats and opportunities of automation

  • Professor Chris Speed

    Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

    Professor Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BA in Alternative Practice (Brighton Polytechnic, 1992), a Masters in Design (Goldsmiths 1999), and a PhD from Plymouth University (‘A Social Dimension to Digital Architectural Practice’, 2007).

    Professor Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books journals and conferences. At present Chris is working on funded projects that engage with the flow of food across cities, an internet of cars, turning printers into clocks and a persistent argument that chickens are actually robots. Chris is a co-organiser and compére for the Edinburgh www.ThisHappened.org events and is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity.

    Chris was PI for the TOTeM project investigating social memory within the ‘Internet of Things’ funded by the Digital Economy (£1.4m) and the related Research in the Wild grant: Internet of Second Hand Things; PI for the JISC funded iPhone app Walking Through Time that overlays contemporary Google maps with historical maps; PI for Community Web2.0: creative control through hacking, a £40K feasibility study that explores parallels between virtual society (Internet) and actual society (communities); Co-I to the Sixth Sense Transport RCUK funded Energy project (£900k) which explores the implications for the next generation of mobile computing for dynamic personalised travel planning. He is also PI for the Travel Behaviours network funded by the RCUK Energy theme (£140k) and Co-I to both the EPSRC Creating trust through digital traceability project (Hull) and Learning Energy Systems project (Edinburgh).

    Professor Chris Speed

    Sessions with Professor Chris Speed:

    • ‘Blockchain 101’ – the impact of distributed ledger technologies that offer the opportunity for “truly lifelong learning”

      How Blockchain can allow academic institutions to create long-term relationships with learners, who can return to their studies and re-skill at different points in their careers

  • Dr Alastair Robertson

    Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Abertay University

    Dr Alastair Robertson is Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at Abertay University with responsibility for overseeing the institution’s Enhancement strategy and related plans.

    Prior to joining Abertay in 2013, Alastair worked for a number of years supporting quality enhancement at the national level through positions at the Higher Education Academy (2005-13) and QAA Scotland (2003-05).

    He is Vice Chair of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) and his experience extends to a number of areas influencing the student learning experience. He has particular interests in national HE policy development (most recently the TEF), strategic change, learning spaces and student engagement. His academic background is in solid state chemistry.

    Dr Alastair  Robertson

    Sessions with Dr Alastair Robertson:

    • Towards a ‘Sticky Campus’ – enhancing the student experience through a synergy of pedagogy, learning environment and digital technologies

      Exploring the Australian-born concept which could help keep students engaged on campus like never before and help reduce the drop-out rate

  • Jon Buglass

    Assistant Principal for Curriculum Design and Development Edinburgh College

    Jon Buglass is the Assistant Principal for Curriculum Design and Development at Edinburgh College, having previously been the Head of Faculty for Creative Industries and Computing at Edinburgh College and Jewel & Esk College.

    As Assistant Principal, Jon leads on mapping the learner journey from School to College and to University and employment, aligning to the regional skills demand. Jon also leads on driving improvements in quality and innovation in learning and teaching.

    Jon is currently a strategic lead for the Digital Skills Partnership, and an Associate Assessor for Education Scotland.

    Jon has worked on numerous curriculum developments with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and has an extensive background teaching in Scotland, France and Germany. Most recently, Jon has been working as a strategic lead within the Edinburgh City Region Deal, developing the skills curriculum for Data Driven Innovation. 

    Jon Buglass

    Sessions with Jon Buglass :

    • Chair's Opening Remarks

    • Educating for the 21st century: digital skills and sustaining the workforce of the future

      Navigating a rapidly-changing labour market, the rise of the ‘gig economy’ and understanding the threats and opportunities of automation

    • Chair's closing remarks

  • 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:

    • Educating for the 21st century: digital skills and sustaining the workforce of the future

      Navigating a rapidly-changing labour market, the rise of the ‘gig economy’ and understanding the threats and opportunities of automation

  • Catherine McMillan

    Deputy Director Information Services & Head of IT Services University of Strathclyde

    Catherine McMillan is currently the Deputy Director of Information Services Directorate of the University of Strathclyde and its Head of IT Services.  She was previously the Deputy Director of Communications and IT for the Napier University, Edinburgh.  Before moving into the higher education sector she worked in the Utility Sector for both ScottishPower and for SAIC.  She has 28 years’ experience of working in IT – particularly in managing large corporate systems, project management and programme management.    She has just finished two years as the chair of HEIDS (Higher Education Information Directors Scotland).  

    Catherine McMillan

    Sessions with Catherine McMillan :

    • Cyber-resilience underpins everything – without securing our data, we risk reputational damage and future progress

      Cyber defences are vital to our nation’s innovation, entrepreneurship – and economy. Hear how colleges and universities are responding to targeted and sustained threats online

  • 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

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