Westminster Higher Education Forum

The changing role of technology in HE - personalised learning, new approaches to teaching, and preparing students for the changing work environment

Morning, Tuesday, 3rd March 2020

Central London


This conference focuses on the impact of technology on teaching and learning in UK higher education - looking at latest developments in policy and in practice in the HE sector, and the potential of newer tech such as AI and augmented reality.

Delegates will discuss latest thinking on how technological developments are transforming pedagogical practice and the implications for HEIs, their staff and their students - as well as how institutions and their teaching  staff will need to adapt in using technology to 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 education strategy, which includes:

  • The setting up of a new EdTech Leadership Group; and
  • Calls for edtech companies to put forward proposals for improving the university life of students and lecturers.

Delegates will look at what the strategy and government’s increased focus on edtech means for HEIs, as well as practical issues involving technology integration, data security, staff training and other costs - and making sure that the use of technology of real benefit in teaching.


We are pleased that Dr Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc and Sarah Knight, Head of Change, Student Experience, Jisc will be delivering keynote addresses.

Further speakers include: Sir Anthony Seldon, University of Buckingham; Professor Jiun-Huei Proty Wu, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Dr Nisreen Ameen, Royal Holloway University of London; Sam Brenton, University of London; Mark Christian, GiGXR; Aftab Hussain, Bolton College; Priya Lakhani, CENTURY Tech; Penny Langford, Milton Keynes College; Shakira Martin, Rose Bruford College; Clare Riley, Microsoft; Dr Chris Sparks, Queen Mary University of London; and a senior representative from Nesta.

The expected focus of speakers’ opening remarks are outline below.

The agenda

  • A student-centred approach to technology in higher education - what’s working and key target areas for improvement;
  • The vision for Education 4.0;
  • Personalised adaptive learning and support - the potential of AI in higher education, implementation issues, and addressing data security and other concerns;
  • Enabling new approaches to teaching, and the way forward for updating skills in the teaching workforce;
  • Preparing students for a changing work environment; and
  • Case studies:
    • The power of simulation - using virtual reality to place students in immersive environments; and
    • Augmented reality in arts and humanities.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc

Keynote Speakers

Mark Christian

Founder, GiGXR

Dr Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc

Sarah Knight

Head of Change, Student Experience, Jisc


Lord Clement-Jones

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Digital)


Sam Brenton

Director of Education, Innovation and Development, University of London

Shakira Martin

Head of Student Experience, Rose Bruford College

Dr Chris Sparks

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

Priya Lakhani

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CENTURY Tech

Penny Langford

Head of Digital Learning, Milton Keynes College

Sir Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

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

Clare Riley

FE and HE Engagement Manager, Microsoft