Announced FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2020 Education Leaders Conference


“A truly impressive day, the presenters were excellent and delivered very thought-provoking talks.” UK Head “A rare opportunity to take a step back and look at the big picture.” UK Head

The West has enjoyed a privileged educational reputation for the past century across the world. However, by 2030 China and India will have educated 50% of the world’s graduates. The UK’s graduate share will have fallen to just 2%. Automation is re-valuing some of the skills traditionally prized by higher education. With 44% of employers complaining UK graduates are not work ready the 2020 Conference asks:

  • What models of education are such economies already evolving to meet their emerging employability needs?
  • How is Chinese development of educational technology tipping the balance of educational power in an AI age?
  • In a future labour market, will the Western educational model succeed in producing graduates well equipped for an automated age?
  • If so, what are the critical Western graduate skills which will be most in demand?

The Conference brings together experts to examine these vital questions.


Ting Zhang One of the leading China business experts in the UK. Since 2018 Ting has been advising leading British education solutions and Edutech firms on achieving their goals for China.

Garrod Musto A Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching to consult on national STEM teacher training standards in China. 25 years experience as Maths teacher and international curriculum design.

Professor Rose Luckin Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab in London. An expert in the design and evaluation of Ed Tech using theories of learning science and Artificial Intelligence.

Josie Cluer Leader of EY’s education practice, specialising in helping universities transform to meet the needs of students and employers. A former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Innovation Universities and Skills.

Dr Simon Walker Co-Founder of STEER a leading organisation helping schools develop employability skills for an age of AI and automation. A UNESCO advisor in AI and Education and consultant to global businesses including Accenture, KPMG and PWC.