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EDUCATE

The UK’s leading research accelerator programme for education technology (EdTech).

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UCL EDUCATE is a six-month mentoring and consultancy programme that helps EdTech startups to develop products that are effective, robust and fit for purpose, and that improve the teaching and learning experience in schools.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), based at the UCL Institute of Educate (IOE) and in partnership with UCL Engineering, BESA, F6S and Nesta, UCL EDUCATE will have supported around 250 companies by the time its first phase of operation is completed at the end of 2019.

What EDUCATE does

Working together with EdTech creators, educators, investors and policy-makers, UCL EDUCATE aims to create an EdTech ecosystem which has evidence at its heart, understanding what truly works for learners and how to use technology to serve its users effectively. 

It does this by:

  • Supporting EdTech businesses to advance their ideas through research
  • Equipping educators with the skills and knowledge to adopt new technologies effectively
  • Connecting investors with entrepreneurs who are ready to amplify their reach and impact
  • Providing evidence to advocate policy changes in educational technology
     
The programme

The programme is led by Rose Luckin, Professor in Learner Centred Design and a highly regarded expert in AI, alongside a team of expert academic researchers, business mentors and partners from the education, technology and innovation sectors.

During the first three months of the programme, participants receive an intensive course of workshops and training sessions on research and business. They then use the knowledge they’ve gained to create a research proposal which will inform the ongoing development of their EdTech product.

Participants who successfully complete the programme are eligible to apply for an EdWard, UCL EDUCATE’s own unique quality mark. EdWards are awarded at Evidence-Aware and Evidence-Applied levels, depending on the extent to which companies have met the necessary criteria.

Team
  • Professor Rose Luckin, Founder and Director
  • Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, Research Lead
  • Dr Canan Blake, Research Mentor
  • Dr Kim Issroff, Research Mentor
  • Anissa Moeini, Research PhD
  • Santiago De Orssorno Garcia, Research Mentor
  • Dayo Ogunmuyiwa, Deputy Director and Programme Lead
  • Colin Seymour, Project Manager
  • Dr Carmel Kent, Research Mentor
  • Kriss Baird, Business Programme Coordinator
  • Daniel Fozzati, Product Commercialisation Lead
  • John Dinnewell, Project Administrator
  • Koby Yogaretnam, Business Lead
  • Cleo Fatoorehchi, Marketing Lead
  • Rowland Wells, Project Coordinator
  • Michele Sahiri, Project Coordinator
  • Dorothy Lepkowska, Press Relations Lead
  • Houtan Froushan, Participant Coordinator
Advisory Group
  • Professor Becky Francis, Director, IOE (Chair)
  • Professor Martin Oliver, Head of the Department of Culture, Communication and Media, IOE
  • Caroline Wright, Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association
  • Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education and External Officer, TES Global
  • Dr Andrew Morris, Chair, Education Media Centre
  • Jen Halmshaw, EdTech team, Department for Education
  • Jeffrey Thomas, Founding Chairman, Corsham Institute
  • Rebecca Garrod-Waters, Chief Executive Officer, UFI Charitable Trust
  • Tom Hooper, Founder, Third Space Learning
  • James Richardson, Head of Dissemination and Impact, Education Endowment Foundation
  • David Grimm, Investment Director, Albion Capital
  • Nathan Elstub, Chief Investment Officer, Nesta
  • Gary Kynaston, Headteacher, Hammersmith Academy
  • Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, JISC
  • Angela McFarlane, Trustee, Education Development Trust
  • Catherine O’Donoghue, Project Manager, F6S
  • Sherry Coutu, Educational Consultant
  • Nick Kind, Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Area9 Group
  • Alexa Joyce, Director – Education System Leaders, Microsoft
  • Michael Forshaw, Founder and CEO, EdTech Impact
  • Murray St Leger, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, McGraw Hill Education
  • Vikki Weston, Director of Programme Management, Global Product Efficacy and Research, Pearson

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