I joined Bloomsbury Institute in 2014 as a student, completing an HND in Business and Management in 2016 and graduating from (Hons) in Business and Management in 2017. Consequently, I decided to carry on my postgraduate studies at Bloomsbury Institute, completing an MBA and graduating in November 2018. Being a previous student and MBA STAR representative at Bloomsbury Institute gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills and deal with different situations with academics. I received an award for ‘Contribution to Academic Life at Bloomsbury Institute’ in May 2018.
During my studies I worked as a volunteer at Cancer Research UK in 2015. This role allowed me to improve my communication skills and provided an excellent customer service, which helped me to conduct my job as Admissions Executive.
My role is to make sure that assessments and interviews for new students are run properly and the admission system works efficiently.
My interests vary from technology to fashion, music and sports. I have a strong interest in everything related to digital such as artificial intelligence, digital marketing, social media and data analytics. I played basketball for 10 years, reaching high levels in the top league back in Florence (Italy), attending different tournaments with Regional Team and taking part in trainings with the Youth Italian National Team. I also love singing and dancing.
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In the Admissions team I provide advice and guidance to applicants throughout the application process in a fun, flexible and proactive approach by developing strong and effective relationships with the students.
After graduating, I had the chance to travel and explore the world whilst working in the cruise industry.
Since moving to the United Kingdom in 2008, I have had the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in different sectors ranging from Hospitality to National Health Services and now in the Educational sector at Bloomsbury Institute. My roles have included office administration, management and customer service where a high degree of accuracy is required and excellent communication skills.
I enjoy travelling and discovering new places and interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I am an amateur urban photographer in my spare time.
I joined Bloomsbury Institute London as Head of Learning Technologies in January 2019. I have responsibility for leading the LT team and delivering support for the full range of learning technologies that are used by staff and students.
I was Learning Technology Services Manager at St George’s, University of London (2017-2019), where I led a team of learning technologists, placement students and IT trainers. I oversaw the transition from Moodle to Canvas VLEs and supported the use of other technologies including Myprogress eportfolio, Panopto lecture capture, Big Blue Button virtual classroom and the Mentimeter audience polling tool.
I was a Higher Education Strategy Adviser and Account Manager for Jisc (2007-16), providing pedagogically-focused consultancy and advice on learning technology and business processes implementations to over UK 50 universities, colleges and other private or public sector bodies including local councils and NHS Trusts. Internationally, I have worked with University of Southern Denmark, University of Nicosia Medical School (Cyprus), Universidad del País Vasco (Spain), and Babes-Bolyai University (Romania).
Other roles have included Head of eLearning at University of Arts London (2004-7), Manager Student IT Literacy Project at Birkbeck (2003-4), Learning Technologist at University of Surrey (2000-3) and eLearning Academic Specialist and lecturer in Fine Art and Art History at Richmond International University in London (1994-2000).
I have research interests in academic and assessment integrity and how this can be effectively mediated using technology. Another continuing interest and focus is on how services such as LTT can be effectively resourced and delivered to a professional standard to meet evolving institutional needs at scale.
I am a great believer in networking within the wider academic community to both learn from experiences elsewhere and to inform the practice of others. To this end I co-founded the Designs on eLearning international conference at University of the Arts London, hosting and presenting at its first physical and online meetings. I have presented papers on a topics in collaboration with academic staff at international conferences including Academic Practice and Technology (Greenwich/LSE/UCL), Association for Learning Technology Conference, Museums and the Web (USA), and Computers and the History of Art. I have organised several other national and regional forums, webinars and educational community events, including the Future of Technology in Education, Jisc’s London ‘eFactor’ conference and Learning Technology in the Creative Disciplines.
I have written about classical music for publications such as Fanfare (USA) and Gramophone, and for websites including Musicweb International, Seen and Heard, Classical Ear. An authority on the music of George Enescu, I have written programme notes for several CD labels and am regularly commissioned to write notes to accompany performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra or other international chamber musicians at leading venues including Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall.
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Chris has an MA (Hons) degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, one of the oldest educational institutions in the UK dating back to the year 1451. He then studied Marketing at Cranfield University before embarking on a marketing career in areas as diverse as leisure, financial markets training and events management.