U3A Annual Lecture  Monday 9th April 2018 (See Spring 2018 newsletter for details)
Enrolment Day Friday 31st August 2018

Annual Lecture

Teaching and Learning with Touch Technologies to improve Education and Training

by Margaret J. Cox. Professor of Information Technology in Education. – King’s College London 

Monday 9th April at 2.00pm in Rik Medlik Lecture Theatre (Management School) at the University of Surrey

Haptics, which mean the sense of touch, has been a growing aspect of technology in education and training across the health care professions and more recently in some areas of main stream education. This includes the use of hapTEL, a Simulator which enables undergraduate dental students to learn how to drill teeth, medical, dental veterinary and nursing students give injections and is revolutionizing the way students and professionals can enhance their learning and practice.

The lecture will present the ten years of research, development and evaluation by the hapTEL team at King’s College London, led by Professor Cox and the partner company Generic Robotics. It will include a wide range of examples of haptic technologies now being developed across the world for use in education and health care and explain the ways in which these technologies might change all our lives for the better in the years to come.


Margaret Josephine Cox OBE., B.Sc., Ph.D., FInstP. F. Mirandanet, FKC,

Margaret Cox is Professor of Information Technology in Education in both the School of Education Communication and Society and The Dental Institute at King's College London, University of London and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. For more than 40 years, starting at the University of Surrey, she has developed educational technologies, researched the impact of IT on teaching, learning and assessment in all education sectors. In the last 10 years she has pioneered the development and evaluation of haptic technologies in dentistry, medicine and other healthcare professions in Higher Education for which her hapTEL project has been awarded 4 separate prizes for outstanding contributions to new technologies in education. She is the current President of the National Conference of University Professors, past President of the Association for IT Teachers in Schools (ACITT which merged with NAACE in 2002) and founder member of the international Edusummits which advise governments world-wide on IT in Education.

Parking permits for the Main Car Park at the University are available on request but no specific spaces have been allocated. Alternatively, there are regular bus services to the campus. Services 17 (Stagecoach) and 38 (Arriva) run to and from the town centre during the day and the main bus stop is adjacent to the Rik Medlik building. Additionally services 26 and 27 (both Arriva) use the same stop. From the town centre to the University, service 27 and return on service 26. From Park Barn and Stoughton to the University service 26 and return on service 27. There are 7 buses an hour from the town centre.

Contact: Jane Robertson ( or 07889 966026for parking permits and  to book attendance.  Refreshments will be served at 3.30 in the Rik Medlik building foyer.