UCL Public Policy


Big Data and Education: What's the Big Idea?

This conference, held on 13 May 2014, was run as part of the TECY (Technology, Education, Culture and Youth) policy events series jointly organised by the European Commission and Digital Europe in collaboration with the UCL Big Data Institute in partnership with Reed Elsevier.

View videos from the event.

With over 100 people attending from the policy, business, and education sector, it considered some of the key questions around big data and education, including:

  • What are the possibilities and the limits of big data in improving education?
  • How can big data help to reform educational delivery and enhance learning?
  • Where can academia partner with industry to develop, mine and analyse legal and meaningful data sources in the hope of delivering radically improved learning? 
  • How can those involved in education make the most of this digital revolution?
  • What should Europe do to stay ahead of the pack as this revolution takes on the world?

Cartoon depictions of the discussions from each panel session, produced by Scriberia, can also be seen here.


    • John Boswell, Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, SAS
    • Elizabeth Crossick, Head of Government Relations - Brussels, Reed Elsevier
    • Olivier Dumon, MD Research Markets, Reed Elsevier
    • Martin Gollogly, Regional Director, SAP University Alliances
    • John Higgins, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE
    • Gabriel Hughes, VP Web Analytics, Elsevier
    • Daniel Hulme, UCL Computer Science/Founder and CEO, Satalia - view presentation
    • Claude Kirchner,  CEO for Science and Technology, Inria - view presentation
    • Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, Institute of Education - view presentation
    • D. Bradley McIlquham, Director of Academic Platform Programs, Knewton - view presentation
    • Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation
    • Xavier Prats-Monne, Deputy Director-General, DG EAC, European Commission
    • David Price, Vice Provost (Research), UCL
    • Jan Reichelt, Founder and President, Mendeley - view presentation
    • Malcolm Scott,  Information Economy, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills 

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