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According to Instructure’s 2023 Study on the State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education:

Skills-Based Opportunities

70% of UK students in higher education are now considering skills-based learning opportunities in addition to their degree. Career Advancement: Career advancement (60%) and the desire to learn new skills (57%) are most likely to influence students to pursue a skills-based learning opportunity.


UK students are considering skills-based learning opportunities such as apprenticeships (52%), certificates (47%) and micro-credentials and badges (14%)

Strict AI Guidelines

Nearly one-third of institutions (31%) have strict guidelines, 36% only provide light guidelines on use of generative AI, and 33% provide no guidelines.

Mental Health Counselling

Institutions currently offer in-person/virtual counselling (52%), campus well-being events (51%), and mental health hotlines (47%) to support mental health and well-being.

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Daniel Hill |  Regional VP for EMEA

Managing Director - EMEA

Daniel Hill

Daniel supports our team and the commercial growth of Instructure in over 25 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Besides his vast knowledge on the business side of the VLE world, he brings valuable input regarding edtech trends, challenges and opportunities in the UK, Ireland, and the rest of the EMEA region.


Regional VP - UK and Europe

Stephan Fortier

Stephan leads the commercial strategy across the UK and Instructure’s key European markets. He boasts considerable experience collaborating with higher and further education institutions in the UK and Ireland to facilitate their digital learning environment advancements. Stephan possesses a profound understanding of the evolving educational landscape, particularly with the emergence of outcome-based and lifelong learning trends.

Melissa Loble | Chief Customer Experience Officer

Chief Academic Officer

Melissa Loble

Melissa Loble serves as Chief Academic Officer for Instructure, where she drives the company’s global academic strategy. With extensive edtech experience as an educator in both K-12 and higher education institutions and in edtech executive leadership positions, she advocates for educators worldwide to have the necessary resources as they face ever-increasing educational barriers. Melissa currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the education industry non-profit 1EdTech, is an instructor at the University of California, Irvine, and holds several advisory roles at other organizations.


VP of Academic Strategy

Ryan Lufkin

VP of Academic Strategy - Ryan has over 20 years of strategy, marketing and product marketing experience in the tech and edtech fields. He advocates for the use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance the teaching and learning experience. You can ask him all things related to education and AI.

Ryan Lufkin | VP of Global Strategy