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AI in FE: opportunity or threat?

In this episode, we’re talking about Artificial Intelligence in Further Education and asking if it’s something to be feared or celebrated. We’re joined by Hull College Principal and CEO and self-confessed digital optimist Debra Gray, MBE.  

We’re also joined by Paul McKean, Director of Further Education, Skills and Training at Jisc, the UK digital, data and technology agency focused on tertiary education, research and innovation. A not-for-profit organisation, Jisc seeks to improve lives through the digital transformation of education and research.   

About Debra Gray MBE 

Debra Gray MBE is the current Principal and Chief Executive of Hull College, a position she has held since April 2022. Before joining Hull College, Debra worked in various leadership roles in the further education and skills sector. She is the former Principal and Deputy Chief Executive of TEC Partnership, where in 2017, she and her team secured an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection, the only college in Lincolnshire and the Humber to do so.  

Debra was awarded an MBE for services to further education in the Queen’s 2020 birthday honours. 

About Paul McKean 

Paul is Director of Further Education (FE), Skills and Training at Jisc. A key focus of his role is to ensure Jisc meets the needs of providers within the FE and skills sector. He also leads the team that provides Jisc’s external training. An adult returner learner himself, Paul is a product of the FE sector. Before joining Jisc, he was a tutor, advanced practitioner, project manager and learning resources and ILT development


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