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At The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS), we’re building a new university preparing students to tackle some of the most complex problems we face in the world. Our curriculum cuts across disciplines, equipping students with knowledge and methods from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Students at LIS will also be given personalised, paid work placements at some of the UK’s most prestigious employers and exciting startups including Virgin, McKinsey, and Innocent Drinks. Our students will learn from top academics as well as industry experts so they leave LIS ready to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems.


How does your current role allow you to make a difference to the education and learning space?

The Higher Education space has remained static for a long time. At LIS, we have the opportunity to change this and to alter the landscape of higher education in a way that is modern, progressive, and exciting.

What are the key trends you believe have the power to transform the way we learn?

The world today faces problems that are highly complex and multifaceted. We need interdisciplinary thinking which adopts a holistic approach to tackle them. Transforming the way we learn, by moving beyond traditional subject boundaries, opens us up to new perspectives and understanding of the challenges around us.

Why is it important for all players in the EdTech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?

The whole world is changing, and the future of work is uncertain. It’s important that we help each other to adapt and keep up. This is especially true of the higher education space, which isn’t changing quickly enough.

What should the rest of the world learn about EdTech innovation in your country?

There are some great EdTech startups in the UK right now: Bright Little Labs has gamified tech and coding; Perlego offers subscription access to over 200,000 university textbooks; Aula Education hosts digital campuses; and WhiteHat links non-university graduates to jobs and apprenticeships. There are plenty more that I can’t list here, but the industry is definitely exciting to watch.


When you think about joining London EdTech Week and EdTechXEurope Summit this year, what are you looking forward to?

Meeting people who I can share with and learn from – particularly anyone in the Higher Education space.

Who would you like to meet at the event?

Anyone interested in education, innovation, and interdisciplinary thinking.

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