Join us and Aruba on 22 October as we deep-dive into a diverse range of case studies, exploring the challenges that schools and universities face when devising a robust digital strategy.
Aruba is the industry leader in wired, wireless and security networking solutions for today's experience edge.
Understand how to remotely manage student safeguarding and support them remotely
Ensure student engagement and achievement through a variety of digital tools and solutions
Learn from an assortment of different case studies that exemplify how best to adapt your institution to a hybrid model, that supports students’ needs and improves learning quality
Director of Innovation and Transformation
Alex is Director of Innovation and Transformation at London South Bank University. LSBU is a cosmopolitan University with over 18,000 students drawn from 130 countries. LSBU was awarded Silver for teaching Excellence under the Governments TEFL framework. Voted University of the Year for 'Graduate Employment (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for both 2018 and 2019) and Times Higher Education's Entrepreneurial University of the Year. Alex's role is to deliver the Technology and Digital road map for the institution via strategic partnerships, growth and modernisation. This will enable LSBU to hit its ambitious target of being London's most modern University. Leading the 'Innovation and Transformation' Department and being accountable for the University Technology spend, Alex has led vast transformation programs that have won prestigious accreditations and gained him into the CIO top 100. Automation, Machine Learning, RPA and AI are some of the hot topics that Alex will be concentrating on in 2020
Head of Learning Technology and Innovation
Cris is a classroom teacher, technology integrationist and inherent tinkerer. She strives to design personalised learning environments that leverage technology to promote global collaboration, inquiry, digital ethics and wicked problem-solving. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Trainer & Innovator and Microsoft Innovative Educator.
Director of Technology for Learning
Emma Darcy is Director of Technology for Learning at Denbigh High School and the Chiltern Learning Trust. Working on both the Leadership Team in the school and across the other ten schools in the Chiltern Learning Trust, Emma supports staff and pupils with their use of technology across the curriculum. Her pupils have previously been shortlisted for the Tech4Good Awards, as Radio 1 Teen Heroes and won five times at the national Apps For Good Awards. Teaching practice at Denbigh featured in both the Chartered College of Teaching’s EdTech edition of Impact magazine and in the “Using Technology in Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning” and “Leadership of Education Technology in Schools” online courses. In 2019, Denbigh became an EdTech 50 School and was also chosen by UNESCO as an international Best Practice Case Study for “Developing and delivering a successful technology for learning strategy in the UK.” In 2020, Denbigh was selected by the DfE as a national EdTech Demonstrator School.
Greg is an experienced school leader and Physics teacher with extensive knowledge of the effective use of learning technologies, on both a classroom and a strategic level. In recent years he has embraced the challenge of curriculum modelling and adapting to challenging political directives in education. Greg is used to planning and leading on multiple, complex projects and ensuring that they get done to the highest standard possible. In his role as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) he has driven the successful 1:1 iPad programme at The de Ferrers Academy and advised hundreds of other schools and educators on on their own projects. Greg also manages the Burton-On-Trent Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) and serves on both the ADE and RTC Advisory Boards, as well as being an Apple Education Trainer (AET & ESP). He is leading digital strategy across one of the largest UK secondary schools. As a Head of Physics for 10 years Greg worked all over Birmingham supporting other schools whilst also encouraging major uptake of girls into A level and degree level Physics. He was involved with the University of York & Edexcel on the Salters-Horners A level Physics development, including rewrites of the AS and A2 textbooks in 2007-2008 which involved liaison with Science organisations over content and images, including NASA, Thinktank & Birmingham University. He has delivered keynotes and training at numerous global events for companies including: SSAT, Frog, Academia, Espresso, BETT, Apple & Universities. Greg is currently involved in several projects looking at STEM and effective leadership of learning technologies.
Professor Jackie Potter
OCSLD and Deputy Director of HR
Professor Potter joined Brookes in May 2018 to lead the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD). Jackie started her academic career as an environmental biologist working in the Arctic. She taught the theory and practice of conservation and research skills to undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate research students for more than 10 years. Throughout that period she was involved in designing and delivering training to develop academic staff’ research and teaching capabilities; her work fostered a deep interest in supporting the development of academic practice among staff as well as among students. In 2006 she moved to Trinity College Dublin to establish their centre for academic practice and student learning and has led successful staff and organisational development services since that time at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and at Keele University in the UK.
Chief Technology Officer
I like to challenge the technology hype to deliver real solutions @ Aruba
Technology is, I believe, our greatest invention. But there’s a lot of over-hyped nonsense spoken too.
I have a background in technology that spans more than 25 years, right back to the beginning of the internet and long before the emergence of cloud. In that time, I’ve seen a swathe of technology come and go – and return once more, often with a new name, new use cases and a fresh dose of optimism.
But affixing ‘smart’ or ‘software-defined’ doesn’t make a device or technology stack relevant.
I take it as a serious responsibility to help my customers cut through the techno-babble so they are clear on what technology can really do for them – without the bells and whistles. I take the time to truly listen to issues and elevate the conversation to value, focusing only on solutions that fully solve the problem.
Each day for me is about communication; working cross-departmentally to communicate and deliver the best experience to customers, from among the rich portfolio of technology solutions offered by Aruba and our partners.
For me, Aruba is a welcome break to the mould. Combining start-up agility and culture with major global player resources and reach, we deliver innovative technical differentiation – based around the needs of our customers. It’s about candour and honesty. I’m glad to say I play a central role in challenging the technology hype to help keep the industry honest.