Westminster Higher Education Forum

Developing HE pedagogical practice for a digital future - personalised learning, preparing for a changing work environment and the evolving role of teaching academics

Morning, Tuesday, 3rd March 2020

Central London


This conference focuses on the impact of technology in higher education.

Delegates will discuss latest thinking on how technological developments are transforming pedagogical practice - and the implications for universities and colleges, their students and the edtech sector.

Further sessions look at how HEIs can better prepare students for the future world of work.

It takes place in the context of the Government's Realising the potential of technology in higher education strategy, published earlier this year, which:

  • Includes the setting up of a new EdTech Leadership Group, and
  • Calls on edtech companies to put forward proposals which are going to improve the university lives of students and lecturers.

It also comes with:

  • Nesta funding 20 projects through the new 100,000 EdTech Innovation Fund grants which aim to improve and grow the reach of digital tools in areas such as essay marking, and
  • the Government announcing funding of £18.5m for AI and data science conversion degrees and innovative approaches to driving adult learning.

Delegates will also consider the Education Committee's final report on its inquiry into the Fourth Industrial Revolution which looked at the suitability of the curriculum at present and how best to prepare young people to take advantage of future opportunities in digital, robotics, AI and the wider changing labour market - as well as the role of lifelong learning.


There will be keynote addresses from: Dr Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc on the vision for Education 4.0 - the education sector’s response to industry 4.0 and the increased use of digital technology - and Sarah Knight, Head of Change - Student Experience, Jisc.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Nisreen Ameen, Royal Holloway University of London; Aftab Hussain, Bolton College; Priya Lakhani, CENTURY Tech; Dr Chris Sparks, Queen Mary University of London; and Professor Jiun-Huei Proty Wu, Taipei Representative Office in the UK

Lord Clement-Jones, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital) has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

The agenda

  • The vision for Education 4.0;
  • A student-centred approach to technology in education - what’s working and key target areas for improvement;
  • Personalised adaptive learning and support - the role of AI in higher education, barrier to implementation and data security concerns;
  • Case studies from the frontline - how the latest technologies are changing HE - using virtual reality, augmented reality and reimagining assessment and marking methods;
  • The evolving role of teaching academics - moving towards a tutorial style and reskilling the teaching workforce in the use of tech; and
  • Preparing for a changing work environment - developing courses which combine digital skills with analytical, critical assessment and interpersonal capabilities.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Knight

Head of Change, Student Experience, Jisc


Lord Clement-Jones

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)


Shakira Martin

Head of Student Experience, Rose Bruford College

Dr Chris Sparks

Manager, E-Strategy and Taught Programmes Operations, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc

Priya Lakhani

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CENTURY Tech

Dr Nisreen Ameen

Lecturer in Marketing, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Irene Glendinning

Academic Manager for Student Experience, Coventry University

Professor Jiun-Huei Proty Wu

Director, UK Office, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan and Director, Science and Technology Division, Taipei Representative Office in the UK