Boards (exec and non exec) should consider technology integrated with university services, not a separate concern the ‘IT department’. This is not yet the default behaviour within the HE sector. Specific opportunities include: faster assessment & feedback, personalised tuition, and paperless administration processes. These reforms will increase University efficiency and effectiveness. Digital is not the … Continue reading University Digital Services: is an avalanche coming?
Photo: Iulian Ursu (cc) My speech notes, for a talk given to the Westminster Abbey Institute on 31 May 2018 This evening I’d like to present a problem within what I believe to be the most transformative technology of our lives: artificial intelligence. I’ll suggest why I think that problem will involve some colossal rows involving … Continue reading AI Ethics: send money, guns & lawyers
What follows is a series of letters to friends and family sent while my wife and I were working with the Sierra Leone government in Freetown between April and December 2009. 27 April 2009 We've just finished our first full week in Freetown, and thought it was time we let you know that we're still … Continue reading Freetown Dispatches
It is unusual to start a blog with a farewell, but I thought I would post the eulogy that my sister and I gave for our Grandfather, who died just before Christmas. We stand here today as the eldest of Grandad’s five grandchildren and we would like to spend a few minutes sharing Peter’s early … Continue reading Farewell Grandad Peter