Sir Anthony Seldon

This week Heriot-Watt welcomed one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists and political authors to its Edinburgh Campus, as part of the Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Lecture Series.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, delivered an insightful talk to members of our Heriot-Watt community from across the globe; including staff, students, alumni, court members and fellow educational leaders.

Sir Anthony discussed how Artificial Intelligence will change learning and teaching in universities, and the world into which our students will go. He called on educators everywhere to open their eyes to the fast approaching revolution in Artificial Intelligence, asking if are we ready to embrace this evolution and shape AI to the best advantage of education and humanity as a whole.

There is no more important issue facing education than the fast approaching revolution in Artificial Intelligence. AI will be an altogether new way of spreading quality education across the world, especially to those hundreds of millions who do not have it. We have to embrace this revolution and ensure that we shape it to the best advantage of humanity.

Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon speaking with guests

As a transformative leader for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College, and as the current Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, Sir Anthony passionately promotes co-education, the teaching of happiness and well-being, while campaigning for a holistic, personalised approach to education.

Principal and Vice-chancellor at Heriot-Watt, Richard A Williams said: “We are delighted to be joined by Sir Anthony Seldon, a true thought leader and shaper, and hear his lecture on the critical issue of Artificial Intelligence, its impact on society and particularly on education.

“This topic is critical to Heriot-Watt as we are currently transforming the learning methods and environmental aims of our global university.”

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series were established to bring together global leaders of industry, business and academia, offering them a platform to share their knowledge and vision with the public. The lectures cover globally important topics and are designed to provoke discussion and debate.