Panel of edtech experts lined up for DigiTransform17

Leading edtech experts discuss ‘Simplifying the Digitalization Process in HE’.

A number of specialists in the fields of education and technology have come together to form a panel for discussion at this year’s inaugural Accelerating Digital Transformation in Higher Education conference at Senate House in London.

Ty Goddard, Ian Fordham, Stephanie Taylor, John de Pury, and Martin Hamilton represent key elements of the edtech landscape, from Microsoft, to The University of London, to Edtech UK. Each of the panellists has a rich and extensive background in technology and its relevance in the education sector, and an invested interest in its future in HE.

Ty Goddard, CEO, EdtechUK

Ty Goddard is the Co-founder of The Education Foundation and Chair of Edtech UK – a strategic body launched in the Autumn of 2015 to accelerate the global edtech sector. He is one of the UK’s leading experts on education reform and is a regular commentator on the future of education in the media.

Ty has a varied background in education, and has worked as an adviser to the Department for Education on Extended Schools, was Founder and Director of the British Council for School Environments, as well as working in charity roles for the NSPCC and SCOPE. Ty was also an elected Chair of Education at Lambeth Council, and was voted as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential people in London for 3 years running.

Ian Fordham, Microsoft Director of Education, Former Edtech UK CEO

Ian Fordham is the Director of Education at Microsoft UK, and former CEO of Edtech UK.  Ian oversees Microsoft’s work involving schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations, whilst also acting on the advisory board of Edtech UK.

Ian is also co-founder of The Education Foundation, the UK’s leading cross-sector education think tank, and has held positions across the education and not-for-profit sector, including Deputy Director of the British Council for School Environments, Head of Policy at ContinYou, Head of Training and Development at Education Extra and is a former secondary school teacher.

John De Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK

​John de Pury is Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK. John currently leads policy programmes on HE Innovation and Health and directs the UUK Health Research Networks.

John also previously led the Research and Innovation desk at NHS Confederation, and has a background in health, higher education and arts policy and infrastructure in the UK and East, South East and Central Asia. John has a first degree from Oxford and an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Martin Hamilton, Futurist, JISC

Martin Hamilton is JISC’s resident futurist. Martin researches emerging trends and new technologies, and their potential uses and implementation possibilities within the education sector.

Martin also previously set up a supercomputer centre for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and has a particular interest in how these kinds of capital intensive facilities can be shared between institutions and with industry. Martin spends a lot of his time investigating emergences from JISC’s research lab that can be trialled or prototyped, with the vision to adding some of these innovations to JISC’s portfolio of solutions.

Stephanie Taylor, Senior Consultant Digital Preservation, CoSector, University of London

Stephanie Taylor is Senior Consultant in Digital Preservation at the University of London. Stephanie is one of the tutors on the award-winning Digital Preservation Training Programme, and also offers consultancy services in digital preservation.

Stephanie has a background in academic libraries and has worked as a library and information consultant and trainer / facilitator. She has over 15 years of experience in the library and information sector. She also worked for around five years as a project manager & engineering team leader for a library software company. She occasionally uses that experience to write documentation and manage developers for HEI software development projects. Her main interests are in all things digital library, social media, digital copyright, repositories, Open Access and Open Development.

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