CertMatters.Live 2019

14th June 2019, The British Library

CertMatters.Live, Prodigy Learning’s annual educator professional development event was held on June 14, 2019 at The British Library, during London Tech Week in partnership with our Headline Sponsor – Microsoft.  


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CertMatters.Live 2019 Highlights

CertMatters.Live brought together educators to listen, learn and collaborate with peers who share a passion for digital skills and certifications to improve education and student outcomes. It was an inspiring day with impactful keynotes from Microsoft, Adobe, seven fantastic customer best practice speaker sessions, a panel discussion with Industry Leaders from Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Certiport and GMetrix and much more.

Alongside CertMatters.Live we held our UK & Ireland Championship 2019 Finals:

  • MOS Four Nations Championship Grand Final
  • ACA World Championship UK & Ireland Final

Welcome from Prodigy Learning

Andrew Flood, CEO, Prodigy Learning

Keynote Slides


Welcome from Microsoft

Chris Rothwell, Director of Education, Microsoft UK

Keynote Microsoft Slides

Welcome from Adobe

Tacy Trowbridge, Head of Global Education Programs, Adobe

Keynote Adobe Slides


Securing Jobs in Tech with a perfect CV

Panel Discussion joined by Leading Industry Experts from Microsoft, Adobe, Certiport and UK Employers to give Educators direct insight to CVs that STAND OUT globally & secure students jobs in tech.

Session Speakers include: Representatives from Microsoft, Adobe, Certiport and Leading UK Employers.

Preparing Students for Jobs that don’t Exist – Teesside University

Teesside University give deep insight into their Future Facing Learning Strategy and embedding Digital Skills & Microsoft Certification Programme to prepare students with tools, knowledge and expertise to thrive incomplex and uncertain futures.

Session Speaker: Neal Harper, IT Manager (Technology Enablement), Teesside University

Session Slides

CERT to CEO, Entrepreneurship & Digital Skills to Build Future CEOs – Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University discuss how Entrepreneurship Skills can be developed & certified within Higher Education to meet the growing demand for entrepreneurial skills by graduate employers across a wide range of industries.

Session Speakers: Chris Maguire, (Business Information Technology & Business Information Systems), Birmingham City University and Liam Matthews-Dibbins, Assistant Lecturer in Computing, Birmingham City University

Session Slides

Shaping Future Minds with CS – University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln give insight into delivering Computer Science topics such as Cloud, Mobile, Databases and Software Development at scale through Microsoft Technology Certification, successfully overcoming challenges & creating a future focused mindset among students, preparing them for future Digital Workplace.

Session Speaker: Derek Foster, Principal Lecturer in Computer Science at University of Lincoln

Session Slides

Creating the Future Fashion Industry - London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion share how they are keeping up with the pace of fast fashion and preparing students with creativity & Adobe design skills to be among top designers in the Fashion Industry.

Session Speaker: Matti Juutilainen, Staff Resources Coordinator, London College of Fashion

Session Slides

Session Video

The Future of Making – Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University discuss how to build future innovators & prepare students with Engineering software design skills for the 21C Industrial Revolution through Autodesk Certification.

Session Speaker: Geoffrey Olner, Senior Lecturer, BIM & CAD Specialist, Sheffield Hallam University

Session Slides

How to Create Super Staff: Maximising Staff Productivity – The Grimsby Institute

The Grimsby Institute demonstrate how they raised overall effectiveness and productivity across the organisation by upskilling staff in applications they use everyday – Word, PowerPoint, Excel with Microsoft Certification Programme.

Session Speaker: Elaine Topham, Senior Learning Technologist, The Grimsby Institute

Session Slides

MCE in Action

Brynnau Primary School discuss 21st Century Learning Design and how implementing an effective, well designed CPD programme can impact on teaching to improve education and student outcomes.

Session Speakers include: Sue Jones and Vanessa McCarthy

Session Slides

Session Video 

Centres of Excellence

Centre of Excellence Awards Presentation, recognising Certiport Authorised Test Centre customers across the UK & Ireland who deliver continuous high volume of Digital Skills & Certifications at a high standard to students and staff.

Prodigy Learning CEO, Andrew Flood presented awards in person to customers who are advancing students success and employability prospects through globally, industry-recognised certification programmes.

Photo Albums & Social Conversation

  • For a full selection of images from CertMatters.Live please click here.
  • There were many highlights throughout the day and huge social engagement with CertMatters.Live attendees using #CMLive19 which have been collated and is in our Twitter Moment collection.

MOS & ACA Student Champions

Prodigy Learning invite the BEST of the BEST Microsoft Office and Adobe Design students from across the UK & Ireland to compete in the Microsoft MOS Four Nations and Adobe ACA UK & Ireland Championship Finals at CertMatters.Live.

3 MOS Champions and the ACA Champion each won the trip of a lifetime to represent UK & Ireland in the Certiport World Championship Finals in New York, July 28-31, 2019.

Introducing the MOS4N UK & Ireland Champions:

  • Excel: Adam Drummond, St Ninian’s High School
  • PowerPoint: Mark Cooper, Warwick University
  • Word Champion: Amelia Robertson, Denmark Road High School
Introducing the Adobe ACA UK & Ireland Champion:
  • William Core, Coventry University

2019 Headline Sponsor

2019 Partner Sponsors

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