Series: Artificial Intelligence, Leadership and the Future of Further Education


  • Richard Foster-Fletcher, Executive Chair,
  • Kurt Hintz, Executive Principal, Capital City College Group
  • Graham Bell, the Director of Digital Education at Cranfield School of Management

Episode Title:

“Strategies for Executive Education in the Age of AI”

Date of Recording: 19th Jan 2024

Episode Introduction:

In this insightful episode, we delve into the evolving role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in higher education and leadership. Joined by Graham Bell from Cranfield School of Management, we explore how AI is shaping the educational landscape, its implications for leadership, and the unique challenges and opportunities it presents. This discussion is essential for educators, leaders, and anyone interested in the intersection of AI, technology, and education.

Guest Bio:

Graham Bell, the Director of Digital Education at Cranfield School of Management, brings extensive experience in integrating digital technologies in educational settings. With nearly 30 years at Cranfield, Graham has been at the forefront of employing emerging technologies to enhance learning and teaching experiences. His insights into the use of AI in education are particularly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.

Topic 1: Cranfield University’s Unique Approach
Discussion on Cranfield’s postgraduate-only structure and its focus areas including management, aerospace technologies, and involvement in addressing grand challenges like climate change.

Topic 2: AI’s Role in Education and Leadership
Exploration of how AI is impacting decision-making and learning processes in educational institutions, and the challenges leaders face in adapting to these rapid technological changes.

Topic 3: Future Predictions and Horizon Scanning
Debate on the difficulties of predicting future tech trends, particularly in AI, and the importance for organizational leaders to stay informed and prepared.

Topic 4: AI for Augmentation and Upskilling
Discussion on the potential of AI to augment jobs rather than replace them, focusing on how AI can enhance productivity and learning experiences.