About Digital Central
Our ambition is to take maximum advantage of the potential of digital technologies to enable all our students to succeed. In doing so, we take account of:
- The changing nature of the workplace and the need to develop capability in our students to use a range of technologies and devices to develop their professional competencies and advance their career potential.
- The trend towards greater informal learning in the workplace, which relies on the ability to work collaboratively and be more agile and proactive learners.
- Expectations from students to have access to technology to support their learning.
- The need to provide more flexible modes of study for students balancing study, home and work commitments.
- Creating opportunities locally, nationally and internationally to reach a wider student population.
The Principal's Innovation Council
The Principal’s Innovation Council, led by Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, provides a range of horizon scanning, thought leadership and networking activties which underpin the College’s vision to be a world-class learning enterprise, leading the way, transcending borders. It employs the processes of Design Thinking as a framework for creativity and innovation and has been the sponsor for the development of the 2015-2018 Digital Central Strategy.
Stella has been helping to shape the future in Portsmouth, through her pioneering and entrepreneurial leadership, since she became Principal & Chief Executive of Highbury College in 2001. Under her leadership, Highbury has been awarded Ofsted outstanding, and the College has built a national and international reputation in technical and professional education.
Stella founded Highbury’s Innovation Council and she is passionate about Design Thinking, introducing it across all areas of the College to drive innovation and new developments.
Cathy combines her role at Highbury with doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Sugata Mitra. She travels regularly to the Pyrenees for moments of inspiration and reflection.
Paul is responsible for the College’s Digital Technologies and champions innovation across College. He is studying for an MBA at Portsmouth University. He has a black lab called Taz.
Victor’s work as an educator and technologist has taken him all over the world. When he is not fixing problems around the world he teaches community salsa classes in Washington D.C.
Sugata is credited with over 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. His vision is helping to improve the education of children all over the world, including those in some of the most deprived areas
The Digital Leaders
Anna has been working at Highbury for over 10 years helping staff and students make the most out of technology.
"Don’t feel bad, we can't all have an impressively long and fancy job title like mine.” Web Design, World Skills Medallion of Excellence, 2015
When all else fails, Ross will sort it out, travelling across all College centres to do so. In his spare time, he cooks a mean curry!
Bronte is a hard working individual, starting her career at Highbury in 2014. She strives to make things look beautiful.
Dean has been at Highbury since November 2014. He is a calming influence in the team, and loves nothing more than attending Comic-con events!
A former student of Highbury, Sam has been an E-learning Engineer since 2014. He's an avid fan of all things Transformers!