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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.


James Skilton

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO, James is responsible for the digital and technical side of the business including the on-going development of Ryze: our immersive and multi-media driven learning platform.

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.

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.

Isobel Pedley

E-learning Technologist

Isobel is passionate about all things eLearning. She is focused on developing lasting experiences for learners that will inspire and support their education.

Emma Goode

E-learning Technologist

Emma works with academics to develop new course content, using her editorial experience to ensure content is accessible, engaging and tailored to online learning.

Andy Jordan

E-learning Technologist

Andy has a diverse background including web development and video editing. He brings these skills together to create e-learning resources which are engaging, interactive and fun.

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.

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.

Tom Alabaster

Mobile App Developer

Tom brings a huge passion for all things mobile, injecting creativity and interactivity into our Ryze platform to create a cutting edge app-based experience.

Emma Andrews

Web Developer

Emma is an app and web developer that supports the tech team in the creation of all our tech solutions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dara Roden

E-learning Technologist Support

Dara brings her enthusiasm for e-learning and education to create content which prioritises the engagement and learning experience of students.

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.

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12th May, 2021

6 Tips to Increase Student Engagement

In our digital age, engagement is a top priority when delivering online content. Think about your own experience: how many times have you stopped watching a YouTube video midway because the presenter wasn’t getting to the point, or clicked on a recipe and scrolled through the writer’s long introduction to get to the actual recipe? […]