Reimagining universities: speculative scenarios for higher education
From Claire Sowton
This event took place on 18th May 2023
Professor Sian Bayne, Dr Michael Gallagher and Dr Jen Ross from the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh unsettle assumed futures and imagine new, desirable ones for universities. The speakers share their new speculative scenarios for Higher Education Futures in an event that is a mix of research-sharing, storytelling and collaboration. They work with the audience to build visions of what higher education could look like in the context of expansive artificial intelligence, amplified social activism, cognitive enhancement, changing human-machine relationships, climate crisis, unbundling and ennui.
Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education where her research is currently focused on higher education futures and on interdisciplinary and critical approaches to researching digital education.
Jen Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, and the MSc in Education Futures at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her research interests include cultural heritage futures and learning, online distance education and digital cultures. Her recent book, Digital Futures for Learning (2023), explores speculative approaches to researching and teaching about the future.
Michael Gallagher is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Education, a member of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, and Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Education. He works with UNHCR, Mastercard Foundation, and the British Council on digital education research in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly with forcibly displaced populations.