Bett 2016, overcoming the edtech challenges in HE

A jam-packed programme specifically tailored to address the challenges faced by UK universities, awaits at Bett 2016

Bett, the world’s leading event for learning technology, returns to ExCel London on 20-23 January 2016. Renowned for providing an environment that supports innovation, highlights quality and enhances the UK’s reputation for cutting edge products, Bett 2016 promises to be the best show to date. 

Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event is once again set to provide education professionals with an opportunity to see, touch and test the latest and most ground-breaking technologies, providing them with a taste of how those tools can be used to revolutionise teaching and learning.  

Technology in Higher Education Summit

Once again, the popular Technology in HE Summit will be returning to Bett, with a whole new line-up of inspirational speakers. On the first day of the show at 11:15, Rebecca Lingwood, vice-principal at Queen Mary University of London and Thomas Ward, pro-vice-chancellor of education at Durham University will be speaking in the Technology in Higher Education theatre. Delivering a session titled “strategies for reacting to the removal of caps on student numbers”, they will discuss how their respective universities are responding to this change, the opportunities and downfalls that the removal brings and how to ensure value for money for each student.

On Thursday 21 January at 14:15, Simon Tweddell, senior lecturer at the University of Bradford will be leading a workshop looking at “team-based learning – engaging students and developing autonomous and accountable learning teams”. This will be followed by a panel discussion on “moving away from traditional lectures:  incorporating blended learning and flipped classroom models”. Featuring on the panel, and sharing top tips on how their institution is using these two models in their teaching, will be representatives from universities in Greenwich, Westminster, Glasgow Caledonian and City University, London.

Learn Live: Higher Education

Another theatre dedicated to providing best practice advice to higher education professionals, the Learn Live HE theatre, will play host to the likes of Miles Berry, principal lecturer at the University of Roehampton who will be speaking on Saturday 23 January at 12:00. His presentation, “fresh approaches to assessment” will explore some alternatives to the traditional essay for assessing the academic side of teacher training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, sharing some of his own best practice.

Also speaking in the same theatre on Saturday 23 January, Chris Penny, professor at West Chester University in the USA will be taking to the stage at 15:00 sharing his advice on how Apple Distinguished Educators are using the Apple Watch for teaching and learning.

The education sector’s trade association and the co-founders of Bett, the British Educational Suppliers’ Association (BESA), will be running the main Information Point, with the BESA team on-hand to help visitors plan their visit and get the most from the day.

Bett 2016 is free to attend; for more information or to register, please visit

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Don’t forget to download the Bett App (available now on the App Store, Windows Store and Google Play) to plan your way around the show floor and get ready to ‘Play the Game’.