The rapidly changing world faces many new challenges, and there is an imperative for HE to respond to ensure that students are prepared for future tests and opportunities.

Technological advances and innovations; climate change and chaos; natural resource scarcity; demographic shifts; geopolitical instability; these are just some of the forces which are shaping the future world beyond recognition.

What competencies can higher education develop to prepare graduates for employment and for community and work entrepreneurship in the 21st Century and how these can best be developed?

The HE sector must think beyond equipping students for employability or work as we know it now.

Advocates of the development of 21st century competencies call for education innovations and reforms to respond to the shifting needs of students and society. As such there is intense interest internationally, and indeed an imperative, to understand how such learning and outcomes can best be developed through pedagogies (including teaching and learning approaches and curriculum) and other practices which develop the corresponding attributes.

This Interactive inclusive and participatory workshop will support participants to develop knowledge and understandings, and to identify strategies and practical responses that prepare global learners for the predicted and uncertain futures they will face.


Dr Diana Pritchard, Principal Curriculum Developer/Evaluator SPHEIR programme, University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Dr Diana Pritchard is a core member of the team which evaluates the UK government programme, SPHEIR. She is an HE practitioner, having held positions in universities in the UK, USA, Spain and Nicaragua and is currently based in the Centre for Learning Excellence.

Rebecca Allinson, Principal of the Technopolis Higher Education Group and Team Leader on the SPHEIR programme evaluation, Technopolis Group, United Kingdom

Rebecca has 20 years' experience of facilitating and delivering interactive workshops focusing on higher education in numerous countries. Recently, she has been involved in HEInnovate, an international initiative run by the European Commission, which aims to transform higher education institutions in the EU and beyond into entrepreneurial institutions.

Professor Daniella Tilbury, Commissioner for Sustainable Development, HM Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Daniella is an academic, educator and sustainability leader. She held leadership positions at universities in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and was inaugural Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar. She has led multiple national agency projects on leadership, governance and management, research development and quality assurance across the globe.​

Professor Patrick Carmichael, Affiliate, Autonomy (ThinkTank), United Kingdom

Patrick was Director of Research Development and Professor of Education (University of Bedfordshire) before his retirement in 2018. He previously held research positions at Cambridge University and Liverpool John Moores University. He led research and development projects in higher education concerned with technology-enhanced learning and novel pedagogies.​

Professor Mary Malcolm, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Professor Mary Malcolm is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bedfordshire, responsible for teaching quality, academic standards, research and knowledge exchange. She has worked and taught in the Middle East and Scandinavia, and researches the research-teaching link in higher education​.