Published on 07/04/2021
Alec Cameron Vice-Chancellor


  • Podcast series debating higher education and its future launches
  • Professor Alec Cameron features in first episode of Jisc’s HE Leaders Podcast
  • Discussions focus on learning, teaching and assessment post-COVID

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, is one of the higher education leaders taking part in a new series of podcast debates launching today, with what Jisc’s managing director of higher education (HE), Jonathan Baldwin, describes as a “lively and thought-provoking discussion on university learning, teaching and assessment in the post-COVID world.  

Jisc is a UK education and technology not-for-profit organisation. The new HE Leaders’ Podcast series will explore the key themes of Jisc’s new three-year strategy, Powering UK higher education. In the first for four debates, Baldwin is joined by the vice chancellors of Falmouth, Aston and Sheffield Hallam universities, and Jisc’s CEO, Paul Feldman.  

Looking positively towards a technology-enabled future, Alec Cameron, vice chancellor at Aston University, says that while the pandemic has brought challenge and tragedy, 

“there are silver linings – and a silver lining for the universities sector has been both the acceleration [of] our shift to digital and online learning, and a shift in the university sector’s reputation for being slow to move and rigid in our working practices. We’ve actually proved to be very agile.”

Reflecting on the broader evolution of the university experience, Anne Carlisle - vice chancellor at Falmouth - comments: 

“Universities’ cultures are much, much more than simply the teaching. We have to strive to create a sense of community and culture online, which is different from the way we might do it on campus. We’re embracing that now as a problem that we’ll work with other institutions to think about, working to build the hybrid experiences of the future, and ensuring that students leave with the right skills, and a strong sense of having been [part of] a social community.” 

Baldwin concludes: “This podcast develops themes from Jisc’s new education strategy and provides valuable food for thought for the sector”. 

The podcast is available on Soundcloud.

Read the transcript (.docx) for this episode.

The second HE Leaders Podcast will be available in May, bringing a different panel of experts together to discuss the changing student experience. 

Notes to editors 

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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