Why industry and education collaboration is big business

Date: 21 September 2021
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 BST

Over the past year we’ve seen the business and education worlds become closer than ever.

From Google creating its own diploma, to IBM stepping up its Business School partnerships, savvy organisations have realised that, if they can shape the curricula, the graduates they hire spend less time onboarding, and more time performing.

While some see this as a threat to the traditional education model, there’s a real opportunity for Business Schools and their industry colleagues to work together, close skills gaps, and shape a brighter future.

Here is a row of students sitting on a bench with the focus on their legs. The students are engaging and learning, holding laptops, tablets and books.

This session will explore how this new world might look, and how educators must adapt their teaching and learning accordingly. We will examine:

  •          A drive toward personalised learning – targeted at meeting students’ ultimate career ambitions and the requirements of industry

  •          Tech enabled collaboration and ideas sharing, across institutions, businesses and wider networks


Dan Hill, Regional Director, Canvas – daniel.hill@instructure.com  (Host)

Having worked with educational institutions for the past eight years of his professional life, and keenly shown interest in the latest and greatest technology available in his personal life – it’s fair to say that Daniel’s role as Regional Director for UK & I, couldn’t be more of a perfect fit.

Prior to Instructure (through his work at Lumination, Literatu and Edumate) Daniel helped K-12 schools and HE institutions in Australia use a variety of cutting edge hardware and software to push their technological and pedagogical ambitions.

Having recently migrated back to the UK from Australia, Daniel currently spends most of his time with his wife Olivia, two-year-old son Rupert and extended family catching up on some of the memories that have been missed during his eight years away

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Rui Coutinho, Executive Director for Innovation and Development, Porto Business School – 

Rui Coutinho is a strategist, innovation and science manager, teacher, researcher, entrepreneur and mentor.

Currently, Rui is the Executive Director for Innovation and Development at Porto Business School.  At Porto Business School he is also the director of the Center for Business Innovation, academic director of The Executive MBI (Executive Master in Business Innovation), co-director of the Sustainable Management Program and he is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the MBA programs.

He is a consulting expert of the European Commission and the OECD for the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in Universities.

Formerly he was the founder and coordinator of Porto Design Factory and professor at the Polytechnic of Porto. Throughout his career Rui has worked on all sides of the triple helix: companies, public sector and universities.

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Graham Bell, Director of Digital Education, Cranfield School of Management

Graham Bell has worked for more than 25 years in higher education, spending most of that time implementing technology solutions for customers and students.

More recently, Graham has spent much of the past 10 years working in executive education, designing and implementing programmes for senior leaders across sectors including government, sport, retail and banking.

At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Graham took on the new role of Director of Digital Education for Cranfield School of Management. He is responsible for the School’s digital education strategy.

Alongside his team, has been responsible for the digital transformation taking place in the School, helping faculty to create engaging lectures in an online environment. Graham is a Cranfield alumnus having graduated from the Executive MBA programme in 2018.

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About Canvas

The Canvas Learning Management Platform is developed and fully supported by Instructure, a software as a service (SaaS) technology company dedicated to education, learning, and employee development. Canvas delivers an open, extensible learning ecosystem that allows institutions to build a digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges they face. https://www.instructure.com/canvas/en-gb

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