Cultural Challenges Study Tour

Booking Closed


17 January 2020

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17 January 2020


Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3JN

About the Event


The event will provide a forum for intensive discussions around cultural challenges of digital transformation within the HE sector, using the experiences of Teesside University as a lens. This focus recognises the inherent issues associated with maintaining momentum in the enhancement of digital capabilities across complex educational institutions.

Teesside University has embarked upon one of the largest digital transformation projects in the UK HE sector, with an emphasis on 1-1 device deployment for staff and students. Over an 18-month period, the University has developed and embedded a mandatory Digital Development Programme for all teaching staff which has generated a 96% satisfaction rating from participants and enabled the University to accrue the largest concentration of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts in the UK. Significant benefits have already been realised from this project, including measurable impact on student learning, enhanced staff digital capabilities and a revised approach to collaborative working between IT and learning and teaching functions within the University.


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Deborah Green



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Professor Mark Simpson

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning & Teaching

Teesside University

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Dr Jonathan Eaton

Academic Registrar

Teesside University

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Ian Woolner

Digital Transformation Solution Specialist


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Gill Rowbotham

Principal Consultant

4C Strategies

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Jonny Munby

Principal Lecturer

Teesside University Business School

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Andy Lenehan

Regional Account Manager

Prodigy Learning

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Gok Kandasamy

Senior Lecturer, School of Health & Life Sciences

Teesside University

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Helen Carney

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology, School of Health & Life Sciences

Teesside University

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Helen Tidy

Principal Lecturer (Learning & Teaching), School of Health & Life Sciences

Teesside University

Event Schedule



The night before

Dinner at Jury's Inn with the opportunity for informal networking

Tea and coffee on arrival


Welcoming remarks

Deborah Green, CEO, ucisa

Tea and Coffee


Challenging Transformation: Reimagining Academic Practice in the Digital University

Professor Mark Simpson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Learning & Teaching and Dr Jonathan Eaton, Academic Registrar, Teesside University




Parallel Sessions

Embedding Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in the curriculum
Jonny Munby, Principal Lecturer, International, Teesside University Business School and Andy Lenehan, Regional Account Manager, Prodigy Learning

Utilising Augmented Reality in the classroom
Dr Gok Kandasamy, Senior Lecturer, School of Health & Life Science, Teesside University

Minecraft as a pedagogic tool
Dr Helen Carney, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology, and Dr Helen Tidy, Principle Lecturer, Learning & Teaching, School of Health & Life Sciences


Measuring success in the context of Education 4.0


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