Jeremy Waite Headline speaker

Jeremy is a Marketing Evangelist who is passionate about technology, education and What The Future Student Experience will look like. He currently works at IBM with a focus on cognitive technologies and how AI can be used in digital transformations. Jeremy also creates original research on emerging customer technologies and how they can be implemented. With the award of the Most Influential Person on Twitter by software company Onalytica under his belt, Jeremy is an all-around digital transformation expert.

Fiona Harvey Compere

Fiona Harvey is president of the Association of Learning Technology (ALT) and chair of the ALT MOOC Special Interest Group. Fiona also chairs the Digital Literacies Special Interest Group.

Fiona’s background is in psychology and e-learning with qualifications in business information technology. She joined Southampton University in 2005 from a lecture position in further education, and is now education development manager working across the university enabling and supporting colleagues to enhance the student experience using technology. This includes developing policy and guidelines for a range of innovations including digital badges, digital literacies and social media.

Fiona has developed the Students as Digital Literacies Champions model for the advancement of digital literacies, which includes their own learning programme at the University of Southampton. Following its success, Fiona has been consulted on how this model can be implemented at a national level, with interest from higher education institutions across the country. She has also taught and created a module for digital literacies.

At Southampton, Fiona created and implemented the iPad and Alternative Devices (iPAD) Coffee Clubs. These events support learning in an informal setting, encouraging the use of learning technology without pressure and have proved to be very successful learning experience. They have been extended across to a national and international network (Australia) and are run through Google Communities.

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Andrew Ward Speaker

Creating personalized experiences using big data

Andrew Ward is the global head of digital transformation for the University of Nottingham and he looks at the way in which we communicate to people of all levels at any time. He has designed and implemented a super lab using paperless technologies, used quadcopters to research dog agility and created support offerings for IT outsourcing spanning 27 countries.

Andrew has over ten years’ experience at senior level including roles at Nottingham Trent University and BT. At Nottingham University he has worked to create a more fluid experience for the user, however they may be communicating and interacting with the university, by creating a user experience department within the institution. He is now working to support the design and implementation of a digital engagement strategy. The aim is to create an entirely personalised journey which guides and engages with customers, students, staff and partners.

Michele Milner Speaker

Michele is the Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of East London. CELT, which she established in 2014, focuses on supporting innovative practices in digital learning and educational development. CELT has led on projects such as UEL’s Mobile Learning project, now in its third year. Tablet devices are given to all students and staff to enhance their studies and to distribute their course materials in ebook form. Prior to coming to the UK 6 years ago, she worked as a linguist, teacher trainer and curriculum developer in higher education in Japan, Korea, and China. While working in Asia she developed and implemented strategic initiatives in transnational educational collaborations for UK and US universities. She is currently designing and developing the UK’s first digitally based competency based learning programme in the HE sector.>

Nigel Smith Speaker

The Digital Transformation of HE

Nigel Smith is head of content for FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform that offers over 500 free online courses from top universities around the world as well as other higher education and specialist education providers, including the British Council, European Space Agency and the National Film and Television School.
As a key member of the senior team since March 2014, Nigel and his team are responsible for working with the company’s diverse range of partners to develop and deliver high-quality courses that embrace FutureLearn's pedagogy based on telling stories, provoking conversation and celebrating progress.

Prior to joining FutureLearn, Nigel worked at the BBC for more than a decade and spent his last five years there leading digital teams for national radio networks including flagship stations Radio 4 and Radio 5 live. Here he oversaw the growth of successful podcasts including Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review and Grayson Perry’s Reith Lectures and introduced innovative ways for radio producers to deliver content to new audiences.

Nigel holds a BA in American Studies from Nottingham University and a Master's in Journalism from Goldsmiths College.

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Carla Aerts Speaker

Moving to a world of strategic partnership to support HE transformation for 21st century

Earlier this year, Carla joined the UCL Institute of Education as director of futures and is now developing digital strategies and programmes to support the Institute’s reach and reputation.

Carla came to digital and e-learning from a background in the performing arts. Having managed e-marketing and interactive TV initiatives for life science and healthcare providers, Carla landed in the e-learning space working on international healthcare portal programmes as well as public health campaigns.

Her interest in e-learning fully awakened, Carla then moved into e-learning for education, mainly working on schools and higher education on strategies for international education markets. Carla was global digital director at Cambridge University Press Education, before deciding to give something back by advising and mentoring edtech start-ups and learning enterprises in the UK and Africa, believing in technology as a catalyst for access to learning. Additionally, Carla consults on e-learning strategy and solutions, while also frequently speaking and chairing panels at conferences.

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Gi Fernando Speaker

How do we educate for the post-AI world?

Gi is an engineer, investor and entrepreneur. Having founded and built a number of successful businesses over the last 20 years including Freeformers – a digital transformation company which trains one young person for free for every business person trained - Gi now concentrates on investing and supporting start-ups and scale-ups including Citymapper, YPlan, Streetlife, Timber Yard, TechWillSaveUs, Playmob and Big Health. He advises a number of FTSE organisations on digital strategy and transformation.

Gi’s particular passion is unlocking creativity and digital talent, and he sits on the boards of Apps For Good, Young Rewired State, Freeformers and the Duke of York's IDEA programme for inspiring digital enterprise. He also sits on the advisory council of the Institute of Contemporary Art and is a long-time advisor of
Gi believes strongly in the need to foster creativity and inspire initiative among the UK workforce, and among other projects that further this aim, is an advisor Makers Wharf, which looks at the future of work in the UK.

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Elliott King Speaker

Marketing for Gen Z: Reach, Engage and Inspire. Including a case study of City, University of London

Elliott is an entrepreneur; CEO and co-founder of the digital agency, MintTwist and co-owner of the digital innovation company, RadLab ventures.
Elliott is the co-author of a recognised Digital Marketing training course, that is used by (among others) City, University of London. Elliott is a regular speaker on all things digital and acts as a visiting lecturer for universities and training institutions world-wide

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Ian Yorston Speaker

Why ICT should be Invisible

Ian Yorston is Director of Digital Strategy at Radley College in the United Kingdom.

He has previously been Head of Science, Head of Physics and Head of Careers. The fact that Radley keeps giving him new jobs suggests that perhaps he's not very good at any of them.

Beyond Radley, he acts as an advisor to the Independent Schools Council, is a Governor of a Catholic day school and has spent many a happy week masquerading as an ISI Schools' Inspector.

Prior to Radley he spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force including 3 years as an Electronic Warfare Officer. This involved a lot of computers and a number of wars. He also spent a great deal of time working alongside Americans. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

If he did have a youth, it was a long time ago. He spent some of it reading Economics and Engineering Science at Oxford University.

Ian has a weblog at If you type "unreasonable" into Google he is the worldwide number one hit.

Gavin Newman Speaker

Virtual Open Days - Digitalising Student Recruitment

Gavin Newman is a director at Ivent, which is pioneering the online, virtual event sector in the UK and has over 25 years of experience in events and marketing.

As head of the specialist higher education sector of the iVent business, he has experienced and contributed greatly to the transformation from traditional methods to the digitalisation of the student recruitment process.

As the only UK-based virtual events company, iVent are experts in fusing event ‘know-how’ with techie expertise and intuitive, functional design. The company has been developing and co-creating virtual events, webcasts and hybrid events of all shapes and sizes with our clients, for all kinds of organisations, for many years. iVent has a dedicated university virtual events team that is highly experienced in planning and running online events for many of the top UK universities. Visit: