WATCH: The challenges and opportunities universities face in how they engage with the next generation of students LITE Masterclass

Rebecca Huxley-Binns, who is professor of Legal Education and Vice-Provost, Academic Enhancement, at the University of Law, gave the seminar at the University of Leeds.

Generation Z, as they have been coined, consist of those born in 1995 or later. A “Millennial”, or Generation Y, is a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.

Professor Huxley-Binns said:

I am not convinced universities have adapted to the challenges and opportunities that teaching Gen. Y brought us, and even if we adapt now, it will be too late.

“Gen. Z are biting at Gen. Y’s heels to enter higher education (HE) and start their careers.

“So, what can we expect of Gen. Z? What expectations do Gen. Z’s have of HE and how are we going to adapt to the challenges of the future?”

This was the latest in a series of Masterclasses co-organised by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE), and the Organisational Development and Professional Learning (ODPL).

The Institute, now in its second year, provides funding, time and support for current and future student education leaders to develop their profile at the University of Leeds and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.