New VC talks digital innovation at international summit

“I'm passionate about the role new technologies play in learning and teaching and supporting students and believe modern universities like Staffordshire have an important role to play in leading digital innovation in this area.”

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor

Staffordshire University's new Vice-Chancellor Liz Barnes is to address a global summit which celebrates the successes of the world's youngest universities and explores new opportunities.

Professor Barnes, who took up her post last week, will be delivering a keynote presentation entitled “New technologies and the future of learning: rethinking learning in the digital age” at the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit in Barcelona on Thursday.

She said: “I'm delighted that in my first week as Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, I'll be able to represent the University at an event attended by world leading universities and policymakers.

“I'm passionate about the role new technologies play in learning and teaching and supporting students and believe modern universities like Staffordshire have an important role to play in leading digital innovation in this area.”

She added: “Connectivity is everything and moving forwards it is my intention that Staffordshire University is connected through our application and use of emerging and advanced technologies and in continuing to support new ways of learning.”

The third Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit takes place at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona from April 5 – 7. It will address a range of issues including public funding, research and knowledge funding, brand importance, digital learning and philanthropy. The summit will also host the launch of the 2016 THE 150 under 50 rankings.

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