Project Description

Edu = education. Mod = festival.

education is coming to the fringe.

Education affects everyone. It should be debated and celebrated. EduMod aims to do precisely that.

The gaelic word mòd means ‘assembly’ and is synonymous with the annual festival of traditional Scottish culture, music, language and art. EduMod is the educational equivalent. Set in the heart of the Edinburgh Festival, it brings together everyone who has an interest in learning. Scotland has long had an outstanding reputation for education and Edinburgh was at the heart of the European Enlightenment of the 18th century. Open discussion, free thinking and radical new ideas were commonplace on the streets of the Old Town. EduMod aims to bring back that spirit in the 21st century.

The programme is eclectic and brings together a diverse range of speakers. Major issues with global significance are thrown open. What impact will Artificial Intelligence have on learning in the future? Are 21st century skills a myth or reality? What debt does Scotland owe to the transatlantic slave trade? Why is Generation Z facing a mental health crisis? What do young people want for their future? How can you be a good parent in the age of social media? What does #MeToo mean for the women in education? How do comedians learn to be funny? To what extent should schools be drivers of social change? These themes have universal significance. It is not restricted to those who work in formal educational settings, but is open to anyone who has an interest in the future of learning.

Set in PQA venues at Riddle’s Court on the Royal Mile, the twelve sessions of EduMod will create a safe space for open discussion. Sensitive issues will be tackled. Orthodoxy will be challenged. New initiatives will be launched. Philosophy, policy, and practice will be tested.

This is the first time that the Edinburgh Fringe has included an education festival, and it promises to be huge. Open your minds. Bring your thinking caps. Be prepared to laugh, cry and change your outlook on life. We’ll see you there.

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This is the first time that the Edinburgh Fringe has included an education festival, and it promises to be huge. Open your minds. Bring your thinking caps. Be prepared to laugh, cry and change your outlook on life. We’ll see you there.

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the team behind EduMod

Team Summerhouse Media Louise

Louise Hunter
Managing Director

Louise Hunter is the founder and driving force behind Summerhouse Media, a bespoke creative and international events company she founded in 2007 having built an impressive portfolio during her eighteen years with the Financial Times as regional director for Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent and latterly as global director of conferences. Clients have included The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times and Sunday Times and the London Evening Standard.

Louise honed her passion for education while developing The Festival of Education at Wellington College, which has grown to become one of the most highly-regarded events in the education space, so much so that Bob Geldof called it “Swots Glasto”.

As well as co-founding EduMod with Robin, Louise is also a co-founder of Creative Inverclyde, which aims to champion the creative community and make people aware of the talented people hailing from Inverclyde who are making a difference to the local community and on a global scale.

Robin McPherson
Managing Director

Robin is a history teacher by trade, and is currently an Assistant Rector at Dollar Academy. Robin has worked in Scotland, England and the UAE and has taught national curricula as well as IB MYP and DP. He has worked as an examiner for the SQA, Edexcel and IBO. Robin was previously a Content Director of the Telegraph Festival of Education, and speaks at education conferences like researchED.

Robin recently published a book with Carl Hendrick entitled ‘What does this look like in the classroom? Bridging the gap between research and practice’. The book brings together questions sourced from teachers and put to 18 experts in educational research, arming readers with accurate knowledge of what works best in the classroom. Robin has also published history materials with Cambridge University Press, is a board member for the educational charity Remembering Srebrenica Scotland., and is co-founder of EduMod.

speakers & programme

Sir Anthony Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS

Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

Anthony Seldon is a leading authority on contemporary British history and education and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. He was formerly Master of Wellington College, one of the world’s most famous independent schools. He is author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, politics and education and is the author on, and honorary historical advisor to, Downing Street.

BE PART OF IT

This is the first time that the Edinburgh Fringe has included an education festival, and it promises to be huge. Open your minds. Bring your thinking caps. Be prepared to laugh, cry and change your outlook on life. We’ll see you there.

BOOK NOW