What's your name, how old are you and where do you come from?
Jenni Whitfield, 41 years old. I live in Leeds in the UK.
What do you do for a living?
I am Adult Learners Officer at the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds. I am a project manager for the Communities & Partnerships team and we provide activities that raise the aspirations of adults in our local community with the aim of them realising that higher education could be a possibility
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I have worked in the same department for 8 years now in various roles and I will never get bored of seeing our students grow in confidence. I have been privileged enough to see many come to our outreach activity with no formal qualifications and then seeing them grow during their course over sometimes 6 years to go on to graduate with a degree. That feeling is priceless.
Can you remember the first time you met a chatbot?
I am I sure I must have met one in a computer game of some kind at some point but none are sticking out like ‘Bo’ in Differ. I think ‘Bo’ has been the first one I have met with a personality.
How would you describe your current relationship to chatbots?
I ask them to do a lot for me to help my role and students. I feel like it is quite a one sided relationship where they do a lot for me and I do not do much in return.