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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.



Dr Ivan Mitchell

Joint 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

Joint Chief Executive 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.

Rehana Ameer

Executive Consultant

Rehana Ameer is an elected Independent Common Councillor in the City of London. She is an entrepreneur and International Advisor and Mentor in several Chambers of Commerce in the UK, UAE and India. Her interests include women and youth empowerment, educational opportunity and international trade.

Lina Elkadi

Creative Director

Lina combines business expertise in engagement strategy and creative design skills to ensure that the company’s projects are well planned and executed to deliver exciting educational content on all  platforms.

Diane Townshend

Senior E-learning Technologist

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

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 […]