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Higher Education in the Age of AI: Insights and Perspectives from Professor Sir Richard Trainor, KBE

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$550.00 – $650.00
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Join us for an illuminating evening with Professor Sir Richard Trainor, KBE, as we explore the transformative impact of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies on the future of higher education in the UK and across the globe. As a distinguished academic, Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Principal of King’s College London, and President of Universities UK, Sir Rick brings an unparalleled depth of experience and insight to this critical topic.

Drawing upon his extensive leadership in academia and his keen understanding of the evolving educational landscape, Sir Rick will delve into the challenges and opportunities presented by AI and other cutting-edge technologies. He will share his vision for how universities can adapt and thrive in the face of rapid technological advancements, ensuring they remain at the forefront of innovation and continue to deliver world-class education.

Throughout the evening, we will engage in a thought-provoking discussion on how these innovations are reshaping the way we teach, learn, and conduct research. Sir Richard will explore how universities can best position themselves to capitalize on these changes while addressing the potential implications of AI on crucial issues such as accessibility, equity, and the role of higher education in society.

In addition to this enlightening discourse, the event provides an unparalleled opportunity for networking and mingling with fellow Oxbridge members in the exclusive setting of Soho House HK. Enjoy cocktails and canapés while taking in the magnificent view of Victoria Harbour and engaging in stimulating conversations with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Date:12 Apr 2024 (Friday)
Time: Cocktails from 6pm; 6:30-7:30pm Speech by Sir Rick + Q&A 7:30-9pm Drinks & Networking
Venue: Pink Room, Soho House Hong Kong, 33 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan
Dress code: Smart Causal
Cost: $550 (members), $650 (non members) inc. free flow wine and canapes
Enquiries: David Ching (tldching@gmail.com) and Oxbridge Administrator (society@oxbridge.org.hk)


Professor Sir Richard “Rick” Trainor KBE, FAcSS, FRHistS, FKC is an academic known for his roles as Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich (2000-04), Principal of King’s College London (2004-14) and President of Universities UK (2007-9), representing the interests of all UK university leaders. Since 2014, Sir Rick has been the Rector of Exeter College, Oxford. A graduate of Brown University, Sir Rick was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, which led him to complete a second undergraduate degree at Merton College, Oxford. He further pursued his academic journey as a research student at Nuffield College, a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, and a lecturer at Balliol College. His doctoral research focused on Victorian social history. Sir Rick was for twenty-one years an academic at the University of Glasgow, where he became dean of social sciences, vice-principal and professor of social history. He also held the latter title at Greenwich and King’s and is now professor emeritus of social history at King’s. 

Known for his commitment to innovative teaching methods, Sir Rick has been actively involved in promoting computer-based teaching in history and other disciplines. His research interests have centered on modern British elites, particularly the middle-class leaders of industrial towns and cities.
In recognition of his contributions to the field, Sir Rick has been elected as the President of the Economic History Society, an organization dedicated to promoting research and teaching in economic and social history since 1926. He currently serves on the board of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and is the head of the Museum of London Academic Panel. Previously, he held board positions at the University of Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music, the Museum of London, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the US/UK Fulbright Commission, the Advisory Council of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

A dual citizen of the UK and the USA, Sir Rick was knighted in 2010 for services to higher education. 


April 12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$550.00 – $650.00


Soho House
33 Des Voeux Rd W
Sheung Wan,Hong Kong
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