If you would like to chat about the work I do speaking at conferences on digital and diversity topics, or about articles I write as guest posts for published blogs, please contact me  by email at my university address.

melissa.highton (at) ed.ac.uk

My workplace profile, responsibilities and publications can be found in my Edinburgh University staff profile


I try to keep track of my recent conference presentations:

  • Keynote speaker at Research in Distance Education and e-Learning (RIDE)University of London 2023 ‘Provocations in researching blended learning’, March 2023
  • Keynote speaker at CONUL Research Libraries Conference 2022 ‘Imagining the future and how we get there’, May 2022
  • Keynote speaker ‘The Future of Learning and Teaching in HE in the Post Pandemic World’ University of Durham Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept 2021
  • Keynote speaker ‘Open education on a post-pandemic planet’ at Apereo Foundation international conference, June 2021
  • Keynote speaker ‘Sharing and collaborating our way out of the storm’ for the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN), May 2021
  • Keynote Speaker ‘Values-led Digital Leadership’, Sheffield University, December 2020

Some of these are avaliable to rewatch: https://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/melissa/2021/12/29/open-video/


Some media coverage of my contribution to conferences and events can be found below:



Education technology is political – we need professionals to make it work (3/09/19)https://wonkhe.com/blogs/education-technology-is-political-we-need-professionals-to-make-it-work/ WonkHE