Near Future Teaching Celebration

What do we want the near future of teaching at our university to look like? And how do we catalyse the massive, diverse community of staff and students at this university to help co-design it? Come and find out at the final celebration of the Near Future Teaching project!

The aim of this project was to co-design a values-based future for digital education at Edinburgh. We’ve run workshops, co-design sessions, interviews, colliders, think tanks and task groups with over 400 students and staff. We’ve visualised, ideated, prototyped, reviewed, advocated and speculated.

Now it’s time to come and hear about the outcome, view the exhibition, enjoy some food, drink and chat to understand how we can bring a values-based position to the future of the way we teach.

All staff, students and friends are welcome at this event. It includes an exhibition about the project which has been designed by Andthen, the design-research and futures-thinking agency that has been working with us to understand how we can shape our preferred future for teaching.


5:00pm Doors open

5.30pm Welcome to the near future of teaching. Five lightning talks:

  1. Introducing the project (Sian Bayne, Assistant Principal Digital Education)
  2. Our values (Diva Mukherji, Students Association VP Education)
  3. Reading: There was no time and time itself (JL Williams, NFT Project Manager and Poet)
  4. Bringing futures thinking to near future teaching (Santini Basra, Director, Andthen)
  5. Final words (Peter Mathieson, Principal)

6.00pm Social

7.00pm Doors close


There will be two workshops the day after this event, in which Andthen will share insights on the process which drove the Near Future Teaching project. The workshops are aimed at Edinburgh staff who would like to understand more about using design and futures methods for strategic and other visioning projects.

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This event may be photographed and will be recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. For further information please contact the organiser.

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