15 May 2024
by Ian Blackburn

AI in education

Guest vlog from Ian Blackburn at Sendient as part of our #UnleashInnovation campaign 2024.

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techUK – Unleashing UK Tech and Innovation 


The UK is home to emerging technologies that have the power to revolutionise entire industries. From quantum to semiconductors; from gaming to the New Space Economy, they all have the unique opportunity to help prepare for what comes next.

techUK members lead the development of these technologies. Together we are working with Government and other stakeholders to address tech innovation priorities and build an innovation ecosystem that will benefit people, society, economy and the planet - and unleash the UK as a global leader in tech and innovation.

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Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK

Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies

Tess Buckley

Tess Buckley

Programme Manager - Digital Ethics and AI Safety, techUK

Usman Ikhlaq

Usman Ikhlaq

Programme Manager - Artificial Intelligence, techUK

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Ian Blackburn

AI Consultant, Sendient

Ian Blackburn is an experienced data professional with a background in computer science and a decade-long journey spanning diverse industries from finance to e-learning and process automation. With robust commercial acumen and deep technical expertise, Ian has consistently tackled complex challenges with analytical understanding and a passion for data-driven solutions. 

As Head of Learning Analytics at THRIVE, Ian spearheaded the creation of DataLab, an acclaimed data service, addressing crucial issues in education like data literacy and impact measurement. His leadership extended to enterprise sales, technical innovation, and strategic planning, earning him recognition from global brands across finance, retail, and technology. 

His experience designing scalable solutions and his dedication to understanding customer needs align with Sendient's mission to deliver innovative AI-driven education solutions where he now plays a key role as an AI consultant. 

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