Wikipedia explains that the Russell Group of universities in the UK is a self-selected association of twenty-four public research universities. The group is headquartered in Cambridge and was established in 1994 to represent its members' interests, principally to government and Parliament. It was incorporated in 2007 and Its members are often perceived as being the UK's best universities, but this has been disputed.
Given that the Russell Group members received over three-quarters of all university research grant and contract income in the United Kingdom in 2017 and Russell Group members award ed60% of all doctorates gained in the United Kingdom, the Russell Group policies can be seen as influential in the direction. UK universities are traveling, whatever your view of the group.
Si it is interesting to see that the group has published a new set of principles created, they say, to help universities ensure students and staff are ‘AI literate’ so they can capitalise on the opportunities technological breakthroughs provide for teaching and learning.
The statement, principles are intended to shape institution and course-level work to support the ethical and responsible use of generative AI, new technology and software like ChatGPT.
Developed in partnership with AI and educational experts, the new principles recognise the risks and opportunities of generative AI and commit Russell Group universities to helping staff and students become leaders in an increasingly AI-enabled world.
The five principles set out in the policy statement are:
- Universities will support students and staff to become AI-literate.
- Staff should be equipped to support students to use generative AI tools effectively and appropriately in their learning experience.
- Universities will adapt teaching and assessment to incorporate the ethical use of generative AI and support equal access.
- Universities will ensure academic rigour and integrity is upheld.
- Universities will work collaboratively to share best practice as the technology and its application in education evolves.
The statement of principles comes shortly after the UK Government launched a consultation on the use of generative AI in education in England.