Meet our keynotes

Ruby Granger

A prolific vlogger and active member of the ‘studytuber’ community, Ruby is a self-titled bookworm with a passion for productivity. Using social media, Ruby encourages a generation of students to become the best they can be. Her YouTube channel documents her enviable study habits, and how her love of learning goes beyond the classroom. Ruby is a vocal anti-bullying advocate, speaking openly about her experience with it and how others can overcome it. Ruby is a first-year student at the University of Exeter.

Social media links: YouTube  Instagram 

Julian Stodd

Julian Stodd is a writer and consultant on the Social Age. He specialises in exploring learning design, the role of communities, social collaborative technology and social leadership. Author of 10 books and over 1700 articles and blog posts, Julian works on strategy and delivery with many global organisations.

You can find his latest writing at

Social media links: Twitter  LinkedIn

Scott Hayden

Scott is based at Basingstoke College of Technology as a Lecturer and Manager of a team that supports and trains staff and students in using digital, creative, innovative approaches to learning.

In 2014 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovative use of Social Media and EdTech after receiving praise and recognition for work developing new approaches to teaching and learning.

He was shortlisted for the 2015 TES FE Teacher of the Year Award and then created and led a team to win the ‘Outstanding use of Technology for Improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment 2018’ award, being named in the EdTech50, and becoming a Google Certified Innovator.

You can find him at

Social media links: Twitter

Dr Liz Marr

Dr Liz Marr is Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) at The Open University. She has responsibility for all student facing development and enhancement, including student retention, progression, achievement and satisfaction, widening access and success, employability, quality monitoring and enhancement and the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

Liz has over twenty years’ experience in UK higher education and is co-author of ‘Identity Crisis: Working in Higher Education in the 21st Century’. She is managing editor of the journal ‘Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning’, an editorial board member of Learning and Teaching in the International Social Sciences (LATTISS) and a regular reviewer for Open Learning and EURODL. Liz is President of The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities and an executive member of the Universities Association of Lifelong Learning.