Cordelia Gartside

Academic Lead for Student Employability

My background is broadly in EFL, which I began teaching after acquiring a CELTA. I have taught in Bulgaria, Peru and Honduras, and have taught groups ranging from primary school students to teachers of English.

I joined Bloomsbury Institute as a Foundation Year Tutor in 2017, teaching across three modules. In 2019 I became a Fellow of the HEA, and I am now the acting Academic Lead for Student Employability.

In addition to teaching, I’ve also spent time working freelance in poetry analysis, selling music for advertising, and organising community-driven events.


I believe a critical education is the key to understanding yourself, your surroundings, and your capacity to make change. My professional focus is therefore on critical thinking, particularly regarding AI and political polarisation.

I’m currently teaching myself about permaculture, political philosophy, fungi and coding.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

BA Ancient History, MA (Distinction) Reception of the Classical World, CELTA, HEA Fellow