Five ways artificial intelligence will shape the future of universities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming many human activities ranging from daily chores to highly sophisticated tasks. But unlike many other industries, the higher education sector has yet to be really influenced by AI, says Nafis Alam in a new post for The Conversation.

Uber has disrupted the taxi sector, Airbnb has disrupted the hotel industry and Amazon disrupted first the bookselling sector, then the whole retail industry. It is only a matter of time then until the higher education sector undergoes a significant transformation.

Within a few short years, universities may well have changed beyond all recognition. Here are five ways that AI will help to change and shape the future of universities and higher education for the better.

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Diversity Seminar: Understanding and Disrupting the Persistence of Racial Inequality in Higher Education

Speaker: Dr Jason Arday

Dr Jason Arday is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, School of Education, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust and Co-Chair of the Runnymede Academic Forum. Jason’s research focuses on Race, Education and Social Justice. He has written and edited a number of reports and books on Race in Higher Education and will draw on these during this seminar.

Book a place (not essential) through Employee Self Service if you’re a member of staff, or by emailing Ann Morgan (

A discussion on the future of Higher Education


The University of Reading and Reading University Students Union (RUSU) are jointly hosting this engaging panel discussion on the future of Higher Education.

Higher Education is always changing. Students, academics and other individuals working in the sector across the country experience this change first hand. This interactive panel discussion will examine the challenges facing Higher Education what changes these may bring.

This engaging panel discussion brings together these experts from across the sector:

  • Andy Westwood- Professor of Politics, University of Manchester, Chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Forum on Social Innovation
  • Sir Anthony Seldon- Political historian and commentator, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
  • Nick Hillman- Director of Higher Education Policy Institute
  • Niall Hamilton- Education Officer, RUSU
  • Mollie Kneath- Education Officer, Goldsmith Student Union

Questions from the audience for discussion are welcomed both on the night and in advance. Please e-mail your questions to or submit them on registration.

This event is free to attend.

Please click here to register.