Universities and science minister, Chris Skidmore, is to meet researchers and entrepreneurs from the EDUCATE programme today (February 8) at its headquarters at the UCL Knowledge Lab, in London.
Mr Skidmore will see the work of more than 20 London EdTech companies who are working with UCL researchers on a range of projects, from using AI to speed up language learning to building social confidence in school students. He will also speak to members of the EDUCATE team.
The visit follows a recent announcement by Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, of the Government’s forthcoming EdTech strategy and £10 million fund to support innovative uses of technology in schools and colleges across England.
Professor Rose Luckin, EDUCATE director, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to host Chris Skidmore at the UCL Knowledge Lab and to welcome him to the EDUCATE programme.
“EDUCATE has enabled EdTech entrepreneurs and start-ups to connect with our academics, who bring access to high-quality evidence, and educators, who support the design and piloting of EdTech products and services with their pedagogical expertise.”
“The Minister’s visit could not be more timely and follows the Secretary of State for Education’s recent EdTech investment plans and desire to harness the power of technology in schools. This is not only great news for technologists but also represents a call to action for schools to engage more fully in its development.”
Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, will welcome Mr Skidmore to UCL along with Professor Luckin and Dr Celia Caulcott, UCL’s Vice Provost for Enterprise. He said: “UCL, along with other UK universities, is at the forefront of some of the greatest discoveries and innovations shaping our world today. We create and share knowledge that transforms lives and society. We are delighted to be able to showcase some of this work to the minister today.”
Professor Becky Francis, Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), added: “EDUCATE is a much-needed innovation and exemplifies the IOE’s concern to build policy and practice that is informed by research evidence. By bringing together the energy of EdTech start-ups with the wealth of expertise found among the EDUCATE team and IOE more generally, the EDUCATE project is helping EdTech entrepreneurs make a much more effective contribution to advancing learning.”