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Pending Puzzles: Will Universities Exist in the Future?

Thursday 15 February, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Pavilion Rm

  • In light of technological advancements and the emergence of alternative learning spaces, do you believe there is still a need for universities?

Welcome to the first event of the MCR led Pending Puzzle series, where we engage in interdisciplinary dialogue with experts in the field. Our inaugural event is highly relevant to everyone in our academic communities, as we all play a role in the university system.

This event aims to explore what technology-enabled educational infrastructures might look like. Whether you are studying education, a tech enthusiast, or have broader concerns regarding access, diversity, and safety within future learning spaces, this is an excellent opportunity for you to meet, listen, and pose questions to our speakers!

All welcome, including non college members.
There will be drinks and food for all attendees after the formal part of the evening finishes at 7.30 pm.
So that we can cater accordingly, please sign up via the Eventbrite link, click here.


  • Prof Maddox is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Educational Measurement, University of Oslo, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (23/24).  He is also Executive Director of Assessment MicroAnalytics Ltd. His work focuses on the digital transition in educational assessment, with a strong interest in the test taker experience and inclusive assessment.
  • Dr Imogen Casebourne  is interested in the design, development, deployment and evaluation of educational technology, and particularly in the role technology might play in supporting experiences of community and serendipity in learning. She is also an award-winning EdTech designer with projects including a Maths Revision App for Harper Collins, and a mobile authoring tool which went on to become GoMo learning.
  • Dr Ellie Greer is a By-fellow and Tutor at Hughes and leads the Pathways Programme in the college. She is keen to recognise and promote libraries as crucial sites of teaching and learning and to emphasise the centrality of their role in the student learning journey. She is interested in emerging practices of teaching and learning, and is particularly interested in critical pedagogy, blended learning, and learning technologies.
  • Dr Fawaz Abu Sitta is the Foresight Research Director at the Center of Futures Studies, the University of Dubai and an adjunct faculty in the Master of Professional Studies: Future Foresight & Planning at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is Hughes Hall visiting fellow helping DEFI to explore horizon scanning, futures literacy, and foresight. He was also named the UNESCO Chair for Anticipatory Systems in November 2022.


  • Dr Maya Indira Ganesh, HH Research By-FellowMaya Indira Ganesh is a technology and digital cultures researcher, writer, and educator. She co-leads a Masters program (MSt) on AI, Ethics, and Society at the University of Cambridge, and is also a senior research fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She was awarded a Drphil in Cultural Sciences from Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany, for doctoral work that analysed the emergence and shaping of ethics in the context of autonomous vehicles. She also works as a writer and curator with arts and cultural institutions in Germany on art, culture, and AI. Maya comes to academia after close to 15 years working in research and advocacy at the intersection of digital rights, gender justice, and human rights in the Global South.

Organised jointly with DEFI. For more information about DEFI, click here