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Deborah Kelsey-Millar, group director of digital learning technology at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
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Digital leaders programme

Course alumni share their experiences from our digital leaders programme, which equips participants with the tools, knowledge and skills to become digitally informed and empowered leaders. It is part of our wider approach to building digital capability in the sectors we support. 

Jason Boucher, mechanical engineering lecturer, Lincoln College Group.

Jason Boucher

"It was the best course I've been on in years. What I valued most was the opportunity to hear from other colleges and universities about what they’re doing and what their challenges are. It’s given me insights and developed my confidence so that now I can talk more effectively to senior managers about what we can achieve.​

"My advice to anyone who’s thinking about signing up for digital leaders is get ready to be inspired, challenged and supported by a great team of people who really get what ‘digital’ is all about. I would do this course again in a heartbeat."

Professor Hilary Carlisle

Professor Hilary Carlisle, dean of design and architecture and Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and digital enhancement group lead.

“If you do the programme and declare yourself a ‘digital leader’ you’re not claiming to be good at all things digital. It just means that you know more of the questions you need to ask and who to go to for answers. It means you have some insights and techniques you can adopt when you’re championing digital transformation and a support network of peers who are on the same journey.”.

Dr Alison Lawson

Dr Alison Lawson, head of the division of marketing and operations, Derby Business School, University of Derby.

“Digital leaders has given me a better understanding of digital technologies from the technologists’ point of view so that we can have productive conversations about the technology that’s available and what teaching staff would like it to help us do.

"Having done the digital leaders programme with Jisc definitely gave me a badge of credibility with my colleagues.”

Deborah Kelsey-Millar

Deborah Kelsey-Millar, group director of digital learning technology at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.

“The digital leaders programme was immensely valuable. It was a hands-on experience in a safe environment with like-minded people and, as it was specifically for people who want to be a digital leader, we were sharing common issues. It was really reassuring to know that we were all encountering the same sort of things, whether we were from FE or HE, and to see how the work we shared on the programme could be embedded in my own college.”