My blog posts
It’s official - up to 800 million global workers will be replaced by robots and AI by 2030 . A rethink of education is needed to keep humans employed, but should universities be concerned about the robotic takeover? >>
This can be especially challenging if you are no longer in formal education, but a wide range of schools, colleges, libraries and hackspaces are throwing their... >>
Podcast Listen to the accompanying podcast . Play audio Every year some 35,000 people from around 140 countries working in the education sector gather to... >>
I'm Jisc's resident futurist. My job is to keep an eye open for emerging trends and new technologies, and see what we can do across the FE, HE and skills sector to exploit and embrace them - or mitigate against them.
Prior to joining Jisc I set up a supercomputer centre for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and have a particular interest in how we can share these kinds of capital intensive facilities between institutions and also with industry.
You might think that being a futurist is all about jet packs and flying cars - and to an extent it is. However, I also spend a lot of my time looking out for things that are emerging from the research lab that we can trial or prototype.
The idea is that some of these will go on to become part of Jisc's portfolio of solutions. Sometimes these are commercial products, but there are also a lot of interesting things happening at colleges and universities that have wide applicability and are potentially transferable with a little central support.
Spotlight on digital capabilities
Education Technology, February 2017
Essential edtech for 2017
edquarter, February 2017
The New AWS Research Cloud Program: Accelerating Science and Innovation
Amazon Web Services Blog, December 2016
Tech-savvy learning spaces
Education Technology, August 2016