Keynote Speakers

Phil Richards


Jisc Chief Innovation Officer

Phil Richards will give the opening keynote at the Cetis conference 2014. Phil has a first class honours degree in physics and a doctorate in nuclear structure physics, both from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. The research involved intensive computation on what was big data back in the day, and with experiments performed at CERN, Geneva between1989-93 – just when the Web was being developed, there and elsewhere. Phil’s early career was in E-Learning development, support and strategy at Cardiff University, the University of Hull and King’s College London. More recently Phil has held senior management roles in information services at Aberystwyth, Plymouth and Loughborough Universities.
In his new role as Chief Innovation Officer at Jisc he is responsible for identifying, shaping and exploiting opportunities for new, digitally-enabled ways of working in the UK HE, FE and Skills sectors. Phil is non-executive Chairman of EMMAN Ltd., historical provider of the academic network to 0.5M users in the East Midlands, and also non-executive director of CASCAiD Ltd., the leading UK provider of on-line careers and aspiration-raising advice. Originally form south Wales, Phil now lives in Redruth, Cornwall.

11.20 Tuesday 17th Main Lecture Theatre


Audrey Watters


Technology Journalist

Audrey Watters is a writer who’s worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although two chapters into her Comparative Literature dissertation, Audrey decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, Campus Technology, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. She is the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners, and she is also currently working on a book called Teaching Machines, due out in 2014.


14.15 Wednesday 18th Main Lecture Theatre