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Phil Richards

Chief Innovation Officer
Jisc (Confirmed)

Phil leads and continuously develops a world class futures team: a group of experts with the capacity to identify, shape and exploit opportunities for new, digitally enabled, ways of working. As with all of Jisc, the focus of their activity is creating the greatest benefit for the sectors we serve.Formerly director of IT at Loughborough University.  Phil has undertaken IT roles within other academic institutions including head of ICT at Plymouth University and assistant director of information services at Aberystwyth University. More recently, he has become known for his novel approach to data centres: Loughborough’s ‘hybrid cloud’ model has delivered millions of pounds and hundreds of tonnes of carbon savings. It has also won plaudits including the 2012 Times Education Leadership and Management Awards ICT initiative of the year.

  • Using learning analytics to shape courses in a way that enhances the student experience, enriching content and connectivity
  • Incorporating technology assisted digital learning strategies to create a modern digital empowerment
  • Creating a world class infrastructure through technology to enhance efficiency
  • Ensuring that students are provided with the digital skills they need for the future workplace
  • Examining the results of Jisc’s Student Digital Tracker 2018 Survey