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

  • Richard Foster-Fletcher, Executive Chair,
  • Kurt Hintz, Managing Director, Fortis Education Consulting


  • Lisa Capper MBE, CEO & Principal, Stoke on Trent Further Education College

Guest Bio: Lisa Capper MBE, CEO & Principal of Stoke on Trent College, is renowned for her passionate advocacy for education as a transformative force. With a career spanning significant roles from the Department of Education and Skills to executive positions in major educational institutions, Lisa has led substantial government projects and change programmes aimed at enhancing educational outcomes. Notably, she has also served as the first female Chair of the National Deaf Children’s Society, demonstrating a long-standing commitment to leadership and stakeholder management in the education sector.

Episode Number: 16

Episode Title: “AI and the Future of Further Education: Insights from Lisa Capper”Episode Overview: In “AI and the Future of Further Education: Insights from Lisa Capper,” we delve into the transformative impact of AI technologies on the educational landscape. This episode brings Lisa Capper’s unique perspective to the forefront, exploring how Stoke on Trent College integrates AI to enhance student learning and operational efficiency. The discussion extends to the broader implications of AI in further education, emphasizing the need for strategic implementation and ethical considerations.

Key Topics of Discussion:

  1. AI’s Role in Enhancing Learning Outcomes: Exploration of how AI tools like ‘Interview Coach’ are revolutionizing student engagement and skill development.
  2. Digital Strategy and Infrastructure: Discussion on Stoke on Trent College’s ‘Skills Ready Future Ready’ strategic initiative and its focus on aligning educational offerings with employer needs.
  3. Challenges and Opportunities in AI Adoption: Insights into the practical challenges of integrating AI into educational settings and how to overcome them.
  4. Ethical Considerations and Digital Literacy: Examination of the importance of ethical AI use in education and the imperative to boost digital literacy among students and staff.
  5. Partnerships and Community Impact: How collaborations with local industries and educational institutions enhance the learning ecosystem and community revitalization.

Key ‘Takeaway’ Ideas:

  1. AI as a Catalyst for Educational Transformation: Lisa highlights AI’s potential to dramatically improve teaching methodologies and student interactions.
  2. Building a Future-Ready Workforce: Emphasis on the necessity of equipping students with both technical skills and critical soft skills to meet the demands of the modern workplace.
  3. The Importance of Inclusive Access: Discussion on the need to ensure all students have equal access to AI tools and digital resources to prevent a widening digital divide.

This episode provides a comprehensive look at the intersection of AI technology and further education, showcasing Lisa Capper’s innovative approaches to leveraging AI for enhancing educational outcomes and operational efficiency.

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