Russell Group hosts Dutch universities to discuss AI in education

12 February 2024

Russell Group and Dutch university leaders meet in London

On Monday 5 February, the Russell Group was pleased to welcome a delegation from universities in the Netherlands to discuss generative AI in education – and the opportunities and challenges it presents. 

Representatives of 14 Dutch research-intensive universities were in London to meet with a range of businesses and organisations on the theme of AI in education. During the workshop at the Russell Group’s offices in Westminster, the group learned more about the Russell Group’s principles of AI in education – developed by member universities and AI experts and launched in July 2023 – and how they are being implemented to help staff and students make the most of new technologies in ethical and responsible ways. 

The workshop covered topics including best practice in assessments, how AI tools may support greater inclusivity, and the opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning to help prepare our graduates for future work and careers where the use of AI tools is likely to become commonplace.  

Dr Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Russell Group, said: 

"We were delighted to bring together leaders from Russell Group universities and their counterparts from the Netherlands to discuss issues around the use of generative AI in higher education. The principles we set out last year have proved a very useful starting point for our universities as they grasp both the opportunities and risks posed by AI, but this is a rapidly-changing field. It’s important we continue to revisit and refine our approach, and share best practices, to make sure staff and students are supported to make the most of the latest developments.  

"We always value the opportunity to share these discussions with international colleagues, comparing our mutual experiences and challenges within different educational and cultural settings – and I hope this relationship will continue in future."

Dr Jan Lintsen MBA, Vice President of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdamsaid:

"British and Dutch research universities cooperate intensively in many areas. Our visit to the Russell Group fits in perfectly with that. AI offers many opportunities and risks for both education and research. It was very insightful for us to exchange knowledge with leading UK research universities and to learn more about the Russell Group’s principles of AI in education."

Find out more about the Russell Group’s principles of AI in education 

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