Rachel Mills

Rachel Mills

Senior Vice President Academic at King’s College London. Former member of Exploring our Ocean team,



Location King's College London


  • Rachel Mills made a comment

    I particularly liked the call for building interdisciplinary learning opportunities, enhanced by AI capabilities to create new programmes where graduates are ready for all possible futures

  • My main take away is that I can use this in so many more ways than I have tried so far, that I am responsible as a leader to lead in this area so that AI speaks to the better angels of our nature.

  • Love the ambition that we can make AI speak to the better angels of our nature. - will take this challenge from this course into my practice

  • I’m really impressed how our students have engaged with these new tools in a responsible and innovative way - lots to learn from sharing like this

  • Agree that this is a really key insight

  • Great to see this launched so quickly - I want to learn from our learners and get new insights into how we can incorporate new ideas into our education and research at King’s and work with others from across the sector. My role is senior management (SVP Academic) and I’m a big Futurelearm fan (Exploring our Ocean)

  • Hi @AlexanderLiu -we created it in 2014 and have run it 18 times to date - it has progressed hugely during this time and we are planning the next update right now! A great team effort over several years.

  • Thank you @GillMcKenzie - enjoy the rest of the course & good luck

  • You are right @ClaireG - this pandemic has created a huge amount of waste in so many areas - can we learn from any best practice out there?

  • What a fantastic pledge @JerryWatkins - your wide reading round the subject will serve you well - good luck & keep in touch

  • Mr White pre-dates me (BSc Soton class of ‘88) but welcome back - great to have you onboard

  • Thanks to all our learners for your great interactions, questions and answers, for your passion and commitment and for your pledges for the planet - do come back again and spread the word

  • Great final thoughts @PeteB and thx for your contributions over the last 4 weeks - it’s been great having you on board

  • Welcome @IvanaMatlovičova we are drawing the direct facilitation to a close soon but lots of learners still joining to help answer questions and great links in the chat section for you to follow up on

  • Great insights @annitariddle thank you

  • No not really @RichardDennehy - some technical aspects to the arguments but laid out well here: https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004391567/BP000020.xml

  • Disturbing and inspiring we hope :)

  • Absolutely! @KarenJ @PeteB sampling is biased and behaviours are different in different areas

  • fantastic idea @GordonG

  • Thanks all, I think this is the direction of travel for all external links and we will have to rethink how to use them in future runs - they add huge value, they are completely optional but we need to make sure we use accessible material - the team will be on the case

  • I don't think the story is anywhere near the end yet @NigelThomas, and yes some of our material dates from earlier runs, other links are to recent articles - it is always good to understand the context of the publication/webpage and there is huge value in older literature.

  • What Steve Roberts says is that (1) some scientists think that there is enough copper to supply societal needs for a long period and (2) others think that these are over estimates and will not meet future demands in a meanginful way - he is expressing the range of thinking that exists in the community, that you will pick up in a lot of the debate around this...

  • Thank you @MichaelHowie

  • Great ideas @RachelMyers - let’s spread the words wide across our networks

  • Great to hear about your talk programme - hopefully you can weave in some of our oceans material

  • Good question @LenaBulmer - this very much depends on where it is dumped - if it is pumped in liquid form into subseafloor reservoirs and monitored carefully then this is a credible solution to CO2 disposal

  • Fantastic list of actions @MichaelHowie - really inspirational

  • Do you have the link to hand @DaanVanWijk? Always keen to share news items

  • We will get right onto this in Week 4 @JerryWatkins

  • Nicely put @TomDussman

  • That makes it all so worthwhile @AndreaStables

  • Welcome to our final week - I know many of you are catching up or will be reviewing this material later but please do share your thoughts and questions and discoveries here - this week we address some tough questions about how we live responsibly on our planet.

  • Great provocation @JerryWatkins - this is the key issue for week 4 - how do we balance our societal needs in the most sustainable way?

  • Great to see you all enjoying this week's material - there is so much still to learn about our oceans! Looking forward to our discussions next week in our final week of the course.

  • Thanks @PeteB - yet again you have spotted our broken links that worked 3 weeks ago when we did our checks! I've updated the first and changed the link to the latter which should help.

    See you for week 4

  • Absolutely - so if we look at an element such as nitrogen in the ocean, we can see human impact in the amount of nitrate in the upper ocean - a lot of this gets there via the atmosphere but a non insignificant amount via rivers

  • Welcome @JuneAtkinson yes please to sharing your knowledge and opinions - it is this conversation that makes each run different and interesting, enjoy......

  • Welcome @AliceVigor hope you and your baby enjoy the course :)

  • reallly good questions @UteLang - sharing a BBC article on marine viruses as a starting point: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48066332

  • Not at all - we would need a star to recycle that! Pressure and heat do great things to molten rock but not nuclear reactions unless special circumstances

  • @ClaireG agree it's rather pricey - if he sells lots they reduce the price.....

  • Love it when we have educators on this course as it spreads ocean literacy really far and wide. The reason why we use the calculations, knowing that some learners really hate them and get more confused, not less, is that for some people it is the best way to understand the issues presented. All of your questions would be great for high school students to have...