“Innovate, Integrate, Educate”

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Professor George E Holmes DL
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Bolton, UK

When appointed to the post of Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University in 2005, George became the youngest University Head in the UK. He has been at the University now for over nine years. He holds a Doctorate in the field of Education, a Masters in Business Administration & a BSc in Economics. Professor Holmes is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He previously edited two International Journals for almost 10 years, specialising in Quality Assurance in Education. In 2002 he was appointed by the then Secretary of State for Education & Skills as advisor to the Department, becoming, along with Sir Ron Cooke, one of only two Sector representatives for the Department’s HE Policy Delivery Steering Group – which was assisting in the preparation of the HE White Paper.

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Dr Daniela Bacova
Senior Lecturer and Master in Education Programme Leader at the University of Bolton, UK

Dr Daniela Bacova is based in the School of Education and Psychology. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was a senior lecturer in the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia for 17 years before coming to the UK teaching English literature, modern English Theatre and feminism. However, her main interest was in teacher development and training, mainly exploring drama in education approach in teaching English as a foreign language. While still in Slovakia, she was leading a number of national and international projects. Daniela wrote a number of research articles, edited a specialised journal As if… and a newsletter Dedicated Space on drama in education and EFLT.  She published a book about Modern British Women Playwrights (in Slovak) and contributed a chapter to another publication on drama techniques in teaching English as a foreign language.  In the UK she was working as an ESOL tutor for six years, completed her PGCE with ESOL specialisation, and eventually became a teacher educator. Her current research focuses on teacher development, utilising video in teacher education and developing assessment for learning skills of trainee teachers.

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Sue Beckingham MSc, MA, PgCLTHE, FHEA, FSEDA
Senior Lecturer in Information Systems & Educational Developer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Sue is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Educational Developer at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology.

Her research interests include social media and digital identity, and the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching; and she has published and presented this work nationally and internationally as an invited keynote speaker. She writes a blog called Social Media for Learning.

As a lifelong learner Sue is an active participant of online CPD and has an MA in Communication and Media Studies, an MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change, and a PgC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. An advocate of informal learning she co-founded the international #LTHEchat Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Twitter Chat  open online course ‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’.

Sue can be found on Twitter as @suebecks



Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta
Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta, shortened to BurtonNitta, are an artist & design duo that has been collaborating since 2009.

Based in London, BurtonNitta is an interdisciplinary art and design studio collaborating with science and technology to investigate our future world and human evolution.

Previous works such as After Agri, Algaculture, The Algae Opera, The Republic of Salivation and The Instruments of the Afterlife are published and exhibited internationally from MoMA, New York to the V&A Museum, London.

BurtonNitta can be found on Twitter as @burtonnitta
Instagram: BurtonNitta
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Professor Jerome Carson
Professor of Psychology at the University of Bolton, UK

Jerome Carson BA (Hons), MSc., PhD, C.Psychol is Professor of Psychology at the University of Bolton. Jerome previously worked at the world renowned Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital, where he was a senior lecturer in clinical psychology. Jerome’s main research interests are in the fields of occupational stress, recovery from mental health problems and Positive Psychology. He has published over 200 book chapters and journal papers. Jerome has lectured all over the world.

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Victoria Coates
Undergraduate student in the School of Education and Psychology, University of Bolton, UK.

Victoria is a first year Psychology student. Her interests of study are neuropsychology and social psychology.









Dr Duncan Cross
Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bolton, UK

Dr. Duncan Cross is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bolton, a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has a background in transnational education, clinical communication skills, and teacher education having taught in the Further Education and Skills sector and Higher Education in the UK and overseas. Duncan worked for the National Health Service for several years in medical education, working with international medical graduates and refugee healthcare professionals, and as a service manager. His research interests include; managing expectations, technology-enhanced learning and teaching, transitions in education, and postgraduate student experience.

Duncan can be found on Twitter as @Duncan_Cross





Professor Steve Fuller
Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.

Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, Fuller is best known for his foundational work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, the name of both a quarterly journal that he founded in 1987 and the first of his more than twenty books. In 2014 Fuller completed a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan. His latest books are Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History (Routledge) and The Academic Caesar (Sage), and is currently completing a book entitled Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game (Anthem). Fuller was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for sustained lifelong contributions to scholarship. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Steve can be found on Twitter as @ProfSteveFuller

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Professor David Hopkins
Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton, UK

David has recently completed his school improvement trilogy with the publication of Exploding the Myths of School Reform; the previous books being School Improvement for Real (2001) and Every School a Great School (2007).  David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the intersection of policy, research and practice for over forty years. Among a range of educational roles, he has been Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States on School Standards in the UK, Dean of Education at the University of Nottingham, a secondary school teacher and Outward Bound Instructor. He also helped found the National College for School Leadership consults internationally on school reform and holds visiting professorships at Universities around the world.

David is currently Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton, as well as holding Emeritus status at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham. He was the founder of the Adventure Learning Schools Charity; and despite two new knees, still practices occasionally as an International Mountain Guide. David was recently ranked as the 16th most influential educator in the world by the American based Global Gurus organization.

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Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi
Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bolton, UK

Dr Kandadi’s academic interests include Knowledge Management, e-Commerce, and Enterprise IT Systems. Dr Kandadi has developed and successfully delivered a number of enterprise research projects which included Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), ERDF projects and numerous bespoke research projects with businesses in the Aerospace and other manufacturing sectors.







Luke Robert Mason BA (Hons) MA
Science communicator and Director of Virtual Futures

Luke is a science communicator & the Director of Virtual Futures – an events series that brings together artists, cultural theorists, fiction writers, philosophers and technologists to re-address the potential of looking at our future through a techno-philosophical lens. He is passionate about engaging the public with emerging scientific theory and technological development. As a journalist he has contributed to BBC Click Radio, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, VICE Motherboard & Wired Magazine. Luke has presented visiting lectures at various UK and international institutions including the Royal College of Art, Royal Academy of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, University of Warwick and the London School of Economics. He has given keynote presentations around the world and has collaborated with numerous Fortune 500 companies. He holds a MA from the Centre for Fine Arts Research (CFAR) based at the Birmingham & a BA in Theatre, Performance & Cultural Studies from the University of Warwick.

Luke can be found on Twitter as @LukeRobertMason

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Professor Patrick McGhee
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Quality) at the University of Bolton, UK

Professor Patrick McGhee is a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a UK National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has been a member of national funding panels for Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning. He has also been a member of the HEFCE Teaching, Quality and Student Experience Committee. Professor McGhee is an occasional Guardian and BBC columnist and a regular social media commentator.

Patrick can be found on Twitter as @ProfMcGhee

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Vivienne Newton BA (Hons) PGDE (M) MEd
President of Bolton Students’ Union for the 2016-17 academic year

Having previously been a student at the University for six years, Vivienne has completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies with a specialist area of research focus is on learner identity and academic literacy skills acquisition. Vivienne’s background is in youth work and education and she is interested in enhancing the student experience and making higher education accessible to all. She has been employed in teaching and student support roles. In her current role, she is the sole elected representative for the student voice of 6,500 on campus students, is a University Governor, a member of several University committees and a Trustee of the Students’ Union. In addition to this, she is a member of the QAA Student Advisory Board and The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) Steering Group. Vivienne presented a poster at the 2016 BALEAP Learner Identity, Managing Transitions Conference and a workshop at the 2017 TSEP Enhancing Student Engagement Conference.

Vivienne can be found on Twitter as @VivienneNewt0n




Brian Smith

HEA National Teaching Fellow

An award-winning, energetic and highly motivated individual with a strong track record of leading enhanced learning in vocational, further and higher education settings at senior level.  Brian graduated from Lancaster University with a bachelor’s degree in Organisation and Management Studies in 2004, and went on to earn a Post-Graduated Certificate in Education, and in 2008 completed a Masters in Education (eLearning) at Edge Hill University.

In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow for excellence in developing inspiring and innovative new models of learning and teaching. This work extends into his PhD studies to understand learner behaviour and ontological needs in the classroom, blended and online learning.





Dr Tim Sprosen
Associate Professor & Head of Communications, Regulation & Knowledge Transfer at Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Tim studied Pharmacology at Dundee (1983-1987) and Cambridge (1987-1990). He has spent his entire career in medical research in industry (Renal Division, Baxter Healthcare), public office (Medical Research Council Head Office) and in academia (Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester and Imperial College London). From 2004-2011, he was Chief Scientist at UK Biobank.

His main interests are in the design and execution of large-scale epidemiological studies, public participation in research, the use of health-records in research and promoting appropriate and proportionate governance of research.

He is leading a new public campaign, MoreTrials, working with leading trialists around the world and Sense About Science to make it much easier to do randomised trials. Its goal is to replace the ICH-Good Clinical Practice  guideline (which is neither good or about clinical practice) with a new one that will focus on those few things that matter when doing a trial and which is developed by everybody in the trial community (including participants, who ICH still calls “subjects”).

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Dr Sarah Telfer
Associate Professor of Education at the University of Bolton, UK

Sarah is an Associate Professor at the University of Bolton (UoB). Her role includes the support and implementation of the TIRI (Teaching Intensive & Research Informed) agenda across the School of Education & Psychology. She is also a course Leader for Initial Teacher Education Programmes. Her area of special academic interest is on the use of storytelling & anecdotes to promote engagement & interaction in the language classroom. Sarah has worked as a teacher trainer for over 15 years. She began her career by completing a BA (Hons) in Drama at Leeds University & worked as a professional actress for 7 years in film and TV, before applying these skills to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She went on to complete a Masters in TESOL in 2009, & a Doctorate in Education in 2017. Sarah has taught ESOL in both the private & the public sector in the UK and in Europe. She is currently lecturing on Teacher Education courses & on the Masters in Education programme at the UoB.

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Professor David Thacker
Professor of Theatre at the University of Bolton, UK

David Thacker was Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton for six years from 2009 until 2015 when he stepped down to become Professor of Theatre at the University of Bolton, taking on the new role of Associate Artistic at the Octagon.

An extraordinarily prolific director at the Octagon – he has directed 36 productions – during his time there the Theatre enhanced its regional and national reputation. The Octagon presented an astonishing 52 main auditorium productions, more than any other regional theatre in the country. At the 2016 Manchester Theatre Awards his productions (including Arthur Miller’s version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People) received six awards including all the major acting awards and Best Production (An Enemy of the People) – the first time that any director has achieved this in the history of the Awards and their predecessor, The Manchester Evening News Awards. He also received a personal achievement award for his outstanding achievements as Artistic Director.

A leading theatre, film and television director, David has directed over 150 productions throughout the UK and internationally. Six of his productions have transferred to the West End.

His first major role in British Theatre was as Artistic Director of the Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster – at the time the youngest Artistic Director in the country. Success there led to his appointment as Director of the Young Vic, where he was well known for his accessible and contemporary productions of Shakespeare and developed his well-documented relationship with Arthur Miller, directing 11 of his plays in 15 productions at the Young Vic, the National Theatre, the Octagon Theatre; in the USA, Israel and for the BBC.

He left the Young Vic to go to the Royal Shakespeare Company as Director-in- Residence, directing nine productions including Pericles for which he was awarded two Olivier Awards.
He then moved into television drama directing more than 30 films for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and WGBH Boston (USA) including his critically acclaimed film of The Mayor of Casterbridge and a feature-length BBC film, Faith set in the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike.

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Patrick Uzuwe
Doctoral Researcher in the School of Creative Technologies, University of Bolton, UK.

Patrick is a software developer and data scientist with an eye for innovation. He is a Doctoral Researcher with the University of Bolton. He is currently researching in the area of Google Physical Web, Internet of Things, asset tracking, and user acceptance of ubiquitous technology. His cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles.

Patrick is the award recipient for the best postgraduate oral presentation at the first University of Bolton Student Research Conference 2016. He is working on his new book on Internet of Things and User Acceptance, which will be published in early 2018.

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