First wave of speakers announced for #DigiTransform17

A selection of the UK’s top education leaders will speak at the inaugural Accelerating Digital Transformation in Higher Education conference

Following our initial announcement in November regarding the launch of the inaugural Accelerating Digital Transformation in Higher Education conference, we’re delighted to announce our first wave of key speakers. 

On 7th March 2017, University Business and Education Technology will be co-hosting a brand new digital conference with CoSector – University of London. Accelerating Digital Transformation in Higher Education, held at Senate House, London, will bring together the best digital specialists in the UK to examine the role that digital transformation plays in the future of higher education.

We’re excited to introduce our first key speakers – a selection of the UK’s top educational leaders, who are ahead of the curve in digital transformation.

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Fiona Harvey – First Compere 

Fiona Harvey is president of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and senior fellow and associate Consultant (Transforming Assessment) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).  She is education development manager based in the Institute for Learning, Innovation and Development at the University of Southampton.

Andrew Ward – Creating personalised experiences using big data

Andrew Ward is the global head of digital transformation at the University of Nottingham, examining the way in which the university communicates to people of all levels at any time. 

Carla Aerts – Moving to a world of Strategic Partnerships to support HE Transformation for the 21st century

Carla Aerts is director of futures at the UCL Institute of Education.  She develops digital strategies and programmes to support the Institute’s reputation and reach, having worked previously at Cambridge University Press Education, e-learning for education and on international healthcare portals.

Nigel Smith – The Digital Transformation of Higher Education

Nigel Smith is head of content for FutureLearn, the social learning platform that offers over 500 free online university courses. Prior to this, 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 Radio 4.

Gi Fernando – 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 – he now concentrates on investing and supporting start-ups and scale-ups.

CampusLife – Using Social Media to Improve the Student Experience

Simon Horniblow

Simon is the strategic lead behind CampusLife’s operation. Simon is passionate about using his knowledge of digital communication to develop new technologies, services and approaches that achieve their customers’ goals.

Tom White

Tom is executive director of CampusLife and is responsible for the strategic positioning, messaging and communications of the StudentCom and CampusLife brands. Having managed the contracts for CampusLife with over 80 universities over seven years, Tom understands the needs of universities and provide services that fit with each establishment and the way they individually work.  

Ian Yorston – Why ICT should be Invisible

Ian Yorston is Director of Digital Strategy at Radley College. He has previously been Head of Science, Head of Physics and Head of Careers at Radley and before that, an Electronic Warfare Officer for the Royal Air Force, bringing a wealth of experience to the sector. 

Book before January 1st to receive a 25% discount on tickets for you and your team. Visit to book or contact 

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