Keynote Speakers

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Professor Siân Bayne

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Amatey Doku

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Professor Gregor Kennedy

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Professor Tom Sperlinger

Speaker biographies

  • Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education and Assistant Principal for Digital Education, The University of Edinburgh

Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education and Assistant Principal for Digital Education at The University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of Education at the new Edinburgh Futures Institute (https://efi.ed.ac.uk/). She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education (http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/), where her research is currently focused on higher education futures, interdisciplinary approaches to researching digital education and digital pedagogy. More information about her work is on her web site at: http://sianbayne.net

  • Amatey Doku, Consultant, Nous Group

Amatey Doku joined Nous Group, an Australian consulting firm with a particular focus on the public sector, as a consultant in August 2019. In that role he has worked with several clients, with a particular interest in those in the Higher Education sector. He previously served for two years as Deputy President of the National Union of Students, taking the lead on Higher Education policy. In that role he co-chaired on a joint project with Universities UK, to address solutions to tackling the black attainment gap, which resulted in the #ClosingTheGap report, published last April. Amatey holds a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

  • Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), The University of Melbourne, Australia

Gregor Kennedy is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Melbourne and a Professor of Higher Education in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE). In his Pro Vice-Chancellor role Gregor leads the University's strategy in teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum innovation, educational technologies, learning analytics, alternative credentialing, and the use of physical and virtual learning spaces. Gregor has spent over 20 years conducting and overseeing research and development in educational technology in higher education and leads the educational technology research group within the MCSHE. His current research interests include students’ motivation and self-regulation; understanding interaction and engagement in digital learning environments particularly through the use of learning analytics; understanding student confusion in digital learning environments; and the interpretation of feedback by students.  Gregor has published widely in the areas of educational technology, and teaching and learning in higher education, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. 

  • Tom Sperlinger, Professor of Literature and Engaged Pedagogy, University of Bristol

Tom Sperlinger is Professor of Literature and Engaged Pedagogy at the University of Bristol, where he established the part-time BA in English Literature and Community Engagement (in 2008) and a Foundation Year in Arts (in 2013), which was expanded into Social Sciences in 2019. Tom is currently Academic Lead for Engagement for Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, due to open in 2023, working with civic partners and with academics in Engineering, Management and Innovation to re-imagine the university’s role in the city and region. He is the author of Romeo and Juliet in Palestine (2015), about a semester he spent teaching at Al-Quds University in the West Bank; co-editor of an essay collection, Doris Lessing and the Forming of History (2016); and co-author of Who are universities for? (2018), which offers a radical and optimistic vision of the future of universities as a place where the whole population studies in different modes and at various times in their lives.