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Studious is an award-winning social enterprise that is transforming higher education through digital technology and creative media. Founded by lecturers at the University of East Anglia, University of Cambridge and University College London, Studious collaborates with university partners like you to deliver outstanding digital learning experiences.

At Studious, we believe educational technology and multimedia empowers students to learn in new ways. Learning has the power to change lives and this is why we designed our cutting-edge app, Ryze. Ryze empowers your students to take control of their learning and be inspired and intellectually informed by the things that matter to them.

Our team are a passionate and ambitious group from a wonderful variety of backgrounds. We pride ourselves on the values of excellence, inclusivity, integrity and collaboration and constantly seek to positively impact the way education works. We put our people and the educational community at the heart of everything we do.

Meet all of our team below.


Meet The Team
  • Everyone
  • E-learning
  • App Development
  • Partnerships & Sales
  • Video Production
  • Animation
  • AI

Dr Ivan Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO, Ivan leads the vision for Studious and oversees the company.  He is passionate about the impact that digital learning technologies can have on higher education. He is also an Associate Professor at UEA.

Dr Sarah Warnes

Chief Academic Officer

Sarah’s responsibilities rest with overseeing the creation of the academic content, ensuring it is always engaging, challenging and dynamic! She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL.

James Gardiner

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, James is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company and leads on strategic planning, business development and marketing. He is also a Lecturer at UEA.

Ludmilla Pereira

Brand and Relationship Manager

Ludmilla is responsible for developing the brand strategy, initiating long-lasting relationships with selected Studious partners, gathering data and formalising strategic insights.


Lina Elkadi

Project Manager

Lina is a student researcher and part-time project planner. She combines business expertise and creative design to ensure that the company’s projects are well executed to deliver exciting educational content.

Miriam Cantwell

Academic Partnerships Manager

Miriam brings her passion for education to her work with higher education institutions. She is responsible for creating and managing partnerships.

Tshoba Mwalaba

Head of Production: Commercial

Tshoba brings the creative and artistic edge to our educational learning media. He is passionate about making videos that impress.

Chris Holt

Media Innovation Lead

Chris brings creative leadership to the generation of cutting-edge 3D animations.  He is our in-house specialist when it comes to virtual and augmented reality.

Dr David Jobanputra

Head of Production: Academic

David leads on the conceptual design and development of academic films.  He is a pioneer of bringing research insights to life through the power of documentary.

Heather Bingham

E-learning Technologist

Heather brings her knowledge of working in the e-learning sector to help deliver an educational experience which is both fun and beneficial to learners.

Diane Townshend

E-learning Technologist Support

Diane brings years of experience working in education and technical translation to help create engaging and inspiring e-learning resources.

Michael Cronin

Sales Director

Michael has extensive experience, working for the leading brands in Higher Education Publishing and is responsible for Sales and Business Development.

Dr George Witty

Lead AI Researcher

George is in charge of researching how Studious can make the most of Artificial Intelligence in every aspect of learning. He is currently working on developing the Tutor Bot.

Prof Frances Bowen


Frances supports the executive directors in forming business strategy and provides independent oversight. Frances is also Pro-Vice Chancellor for Social Sciences, University of East Anglia.

Mark Barry


Mark is a consultant for Studious, offering continued guidance and insight on all things tech. He is also I.T. Director for the UEA.

Dr Frederique Bouilheres


Frederique brings pedagogical insight to the accessibility of our work. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Meet The Advisors
  • Everyone
  • Students
  • Academics

Carolina Bysh

Studious Academic Advisor

PhD Candidate at Durham University Business School working with the International Center for Leadership and Followership.

Dr Claudette Kika

Studious Academic Advisor

Lecturer in Management at University of Bedfordshire.

Dr Hans Frankort

Studious Academic Advisor

Reader in Strategy, Bayes Business School (formerly Cass).

Professor Michael Humphreys

Studious Academic Advisor

Professor of Organization Studies at Durham University Business School.

Fatema Aghil

Studious Student Advisor

BSc Management with Marketing Student.

Dr Christine Parkin Hughes

Studious Academic Advisor

Director of Education (Management) at Exeter Business School.

Our blog

6th Oct, 2021

Blended learning for languages can boost student engagement

Blended Learning: What Is It? As the name suggests, blended learning blends different learning methods. Essentially, blended learning combines traditional in-classroom teaching/learning with technology-based self-study outside of the classroom. The second part of the blended learning approach, the technology-based e-learning component, can offer real support for language learning. The internet has a wealth of resources, […]

13th Sep, 2021

ESTU + Studious - new partnership!

We are delighted to announce Estu+Studious: a new partnership with ESTU as part of our new corporate services development.   Working with Simon Littlewood and Karl Eddy of Estu, Studious will deliver tailored learning solutions available for use in Apprenticeship Levy schemes to major corporations. The content delivered by Studious will be suitable for Learning […]

4th Aug, 2021

Tone of voice: what is yours?

  How to use the top brands’ comms tactic to engage students with your online educational content Fast forward to September 2021: after weeks spent preparing classes, creating activities, developing quizzes and choosing case studies, you still have more videos and microphones turned off during your online lecture than you would like.   How can […]