Keynote Speakers

As part of the Spring Academy, we are delighted to have Professor Gilly Salmon as the opening keynote speaking on Wednesday 18th February at 10.00. Ireland’s Digital Champion Lord David Puttnam will provide the closing comments on Friday 20th at 3.30pm.

These online live sessions are open to all members of the Irish higher education community. To register, please click here to register or click on the ‘Register here’ tab above.

Gilly Salmon Gilly Salmon is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education Innovation, at the University of Western Australia. She has been a learning innovator for  more than 20 years  and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in digital and blended learning. She researches and publishes widely on the  themes of innovation and change in Higher Education and the exploitation of new technologies of all kinds in the service of learning. Gilly is  internationally renowned for her significant contributions to  education futures, including research, innovation, program design, teaching  methods and the use of new technologies. To read more about Gilly, visit her website at

Lord David PuttnamLord David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killings Fields,  Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, and Memphis Belle. He  retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it  relates to education, the environment, and the creative &  communications industries. In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards,  which he chaired until 2008, also serving as the first  Chair of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002. From July 2002 to July  2009 he was president of UNICEF UK, and continues to  serve as a UNICEF Ambassador. He serves as Chair of the TSL Education Advisory  Board. David is the present Chancellor of the Open University, following ten years as Chancellor of the University of Sunderland. He currently serves as Senior Non-Executive Director at Promethean. David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. He has been the recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees from universities in the UK and overseas. David Puttnam is Ireland’s Digital Champion and is a member of the board of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. TO read more about David, visit his website at


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