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Embracing change: reflecting on a year of diverse conversations

23 Jun 2023 | John Sumpter John Sumpter, Senior Consultant Education at Advance HE, introduces the final #LTHE Tweetchat of this academic year on 28 June.

As the year comes to a close, it's time for the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) community to come together and reflect. Over the past year, the Advance HE hosted chats have delved into various thought-provoking topics on Twitter, engaging in meaningful discussions about the future of education in the digital age. From the challenges of teaching during times of war to the transformative potential of artificial intelligence, we have explored a diverse range of subjects. Now, let's take a moment to celebrate the progress made and reflect on the insights gained. 

  1. Showing our solidarity: discussing the battle to maintain teaching and learning when a country is at war 

In the face of adversity, the higher education community showcased unwavering resilience and dedication to ensuring the continuity of teaching and learning. We discussed the challenges faced by educators and students in war-torn regions, emphasising the importance of empathy, adaptability and technological solutions to bridge the gap. By coming together and sharing good practice, we demonstrated the power of solidarity in supporting education during times of crisis. 

  1. Student co-creation – are we working well together?: exploring the possibilities and challenges of student co-creation 

Recognising the value of student perspectives and their role in shaping the learning experience, we delved into the concept of student co-creation. We discussed the opportunities and challenges that arise when students actively participate in designing their education. By fostering a collaborative environment, we empower students to become co-creators of knowledge, leading to a more engaging and meaningful educational journey. 

  1. 'Excited, concerned and curious': student perspectives on learning and working in the era of AI 

Artificial intelligence has become an integral part of our lives, and its potential impact on education and future career choices cannot be overlooked. Through vibrant discussions, we heard the voices of students expressing their excitement, concerns and curiosity about the integration of AI. By embracing AI as a tool for personalised learning and professional development, we can create an environment that equips students with the necessary skills to thrive in an AI-driven world. 

  1. Serious about sustainability?: exploring how whole-institution approaches to sustainability are developed and implemented 

Sustainability has emerged as a pressing global concern, and the higher education sector has a crucial role to play in addressing environmental challenges. Together, we explored the development and implementation of whole-institution approaches to sustainability. By integrating sustainability principles into every aspect of university operations, we can nurture a generation of environmentally conscious and responsible individuals who will shape a more sustainable future. 

  1. Digital DNA – building a digital culture: how the use of digital technology has transformed the way universities operate, and the way students and staff interact with each other 

The rapid advancement of digital technology has brought about a profound transformation in higher education. Through vibrant discussions, we celebrated the positive impact of digital tools on university operations, student engagement and collaboration among staff. By embracing a digital culture, we create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment that prepares students for the digital era and fosters innovative teaching and research practices. 

  1. Bridging the gap: enabling senior executives to deliver digital transformation and leadership 

Digital transformation requires strong leadership and support from senior executives. Together, we explored the challenges faced by leaders in navigating the complexities of digital change. By providing the necessary support, resources and professional development opportunities, we empower senior executives to lead with confidence and drive successful digital transformations across their institutions. 


As we reflect on a year filled with insightful discussions and meaningful exchanges, it is evident that the higher education community has embraced change and innovation. By actively engaging with topics such as teaching during times of war, student co-creation, impact of AI, sustainability, digital culture and leadership in the digital age, we have paved the way for a brighter future. 

Let us celebrate the progress made and the lessons learned together, in the final #LTHEChat of the year, and explore what impact and results these conversations have had. As we enter the 2023-24 academic year, let us continue to push boundaries, foster collaboration and inspire transformative change in the pursuit of excellence in education. 


As a senior consultant, John Sumpter has an impressive track record of driving positive change at the international, national, and government levels. John’s extensive work experience includes tenure at three universities and two national sector organisations, Jisc and Advance HE. Find out more about John. 


Join John on Wednesday 28 June at 20:00 GMT on @AdvanceHE_chat and @LTHEchat using the hashtag #LTHEchat.    


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