Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Next steps for digital technology in higher education

Morning, Monday, 3rd June 2024

This conference will look at priorities and best practice for integration of technological advancements into long-term plans by higher education institutions for educational provision and environmental sustainability.

As HEIs invest in digital infrastructure, delegates will consider next steps for the incorporation of digital technology into structures for course design, and key issues for implementation.

It will be an opportunity to assess the potential for digital technology and GenAI programmes to facilitate creative teaching and learning models, widen participation in HE, and reduce staff workloads.

Delegates will discuss best practice for rollout and use, while retaining quality and academic integrity in all aspects of teaching and learning. It follows the DfE’s response to a call for evidence on the role of Generative AI in Education, which highlighted concerns over standards and the potential for aspects of learning, assessment and feedback to be undermined.

Delegates will examine opportunities and challenges around staff training and adoption, as well as what students and employers need in the design and delivery of digital courses, with discussion on the effectiveness of digital learning in preparing graduates for the requirements of the labour market moving forward.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on key issues around lecture recording and implications of increased digitisation for teaching staff and their rights, and for the nature of academic work.

Delegates will consider digital inequalities and wider policy implications for the expansion of digital education. It comes with the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee’s Digital exclusion report last year highlighting the importance of balancing increased digital investments with plans for digital inclusion.

Sessions also look at further opportunities for supporting strategic national and global policy objectives going forward in areas such as sustainability and reducing inequalities, and developing international collaborative relationships, as well as what can be learned from approaches to the adoption of tech in HE in other countries.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Chief Executive Officer, JISC; and Sue Bagguley, Head of Business Development and Digital Enterprise Sales, Siemens Digital Industries.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE; NCSC; Education Scotland; Department for the Economy, NI; and The Scottish Government.

Keynote Speaker

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Chief Executive Officer, JISC

Keynote Speakers

Sue Bagguley

Head of Business Development and Digital Enterprise Sales, Siemens Digital Industries

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Chief Executive Officer, JISC


Lord Lucas


Professor Manuel Frutos-Perez

Chief Academic Officer, CEG Digital; and Professor, Online Education, University of Hull

Lila Tamea

PhD Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University; and Director, Baltic Creative

Dr Amanda Taylor-Beswick

Professor, Digital and Social Sciences; and Director, Centre for Digital Transformation, University of Cumbria

Professor Ian Pickup

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Open University

Dr Ann Thanaraj

Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching; and Assistant Director of Digital Transformation, Teesside University

Paul Durston

Digital Learning Manager, Teesside University

Jonathan Hassell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hassell Inclusion

Vic Stephenson

Senior Consultant, Advance HE

Dr Ailsa Crum

Director, Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA