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17:45 - 19:00 24 April 2018

What if… we really wanted to prepare young people for the age of artificial intelligence?


Jeffery Hall | UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab, Rose Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab in London. Her research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). She has a particular interest in using AI to open up the ‘black box’ of learning to show teachers and students the detail of their progress intellectually, emotionally and socially. Rose is also Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-informed Educational Technology. Rose has published numerous academic articles in journals and has authored 2 monographs and 2 edited collections.
Gi Fernando, Founder, Freeformers, Gi is an engineer, social impact entrepreneur and investor, who founded Freeformers in 2012 having previously built successful technology businesses, including Techlightenment (sold to Experian Plc). The father-of-three received an MBE in the New Year Honours 2017 for services to the Digital Economy. A thought-leader on the Future of Work, Behavioural Change and the impact of Automation and AI on employment and society, Gi holds positions on various boards including Apps for Good, Duke of York IDEA and Craft.co. He also invests in innovative startups such as Technology Will Save Us, BookingBug, Citymapper and Playmob. In September 2017, Gi was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Achievers Awards.
Mark Bailey, High Master, St Paul’s School, Professor Mark Bailey has been High Master of St Paul’s School since 2011, having been Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School (1999-2005), then of The Grammar School at Leeds (2005-2010) following the merger of LGS with Leeds Girls High School. Bailey had previously lectured in medieval history at the University of Cambridge (1986-99), and returned to academic life in 2010 as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2010), and then as Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.
Baroness Sally Morgan, Chair, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Baroness Morgan of Huyton is Chair of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and the education charity, Ambition School Leadership. She is also Vice-Chair of Kings College, London, Advisor to the Ark Board, Board Member of the Frontline Organisation and Trustee of the Education Policy Institute. From 2001 to 2005, Baroness Morgan was Director of Government Relations at 10 Downing Street. From 1997 to 2001, she was Political Secretary to the Prime Minister and was subsequently appointed Minister for Women and Equalities.
Becky Francis, Director, UCL Institute of Education, Professor Becky Francis is Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). She joined the IOE from King’s College London, where she was Professor of Education and Social Justice. Her previous roles include Director of Education at the RSA. Becky has combined academic research and policy work in education throughout her career: she regularly serves as a consultant to the UK government and international agencies on education policy matters, and previously served as Standing Advisor to the Commons Education Select Committee. She is a frequent media commentator on education issues.

There’s lots of talk at the moment about robots and artificial intelligence and how they are bringing about a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ in which occupations and the labour market, right up to the top professions like medicine and law, will be transformed. In this context, what kind of education will young people need to prosper, and can our current curriculum and testing regime deliver it? The debate over whether schools should focus first and foremost on developing pupils’ knowledge or pupils’ skills is a long-running one; do current technological advances add a new dimension to that debate? Is it time for a more radical rethink of what and how we teach, or can a classic ‘liberal education’ – introducing children to ‘the best that has been thought and said’ in science and culture – continue to conquer all?


Kate Thomas
+44 (0)207 612 6056 | ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk


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