With 19 years experience in higher education, including a number of firsts, Sam Brenton will take responsibility for innovation and programme development for the University of London’s distance and flexible learning programmes.
He leaves his post as Director of Digital Learning at City's Business School to take up his new post on 3 September, with the University of London, which has 50,000 students in 180 countries studying through its distance and flexible learning programmes, as well as 1.4 million learners through its MOOCs programme on the Coursera online platform.
Sam Brenton, said he was delighted to be joining the University of London after four years as Director of Digital Learning, at City Business School, University of London.
Sam Brenton explained: “I’m looking forward to furthering the University of London’s mission to provide high quality higher education to learners around the globe, and to working with the member institutions of the University on existing and new partnerships and programmes.”
It’s a very exciting time in online and distance learning, as new technologies - and new understandings of how to utilise them - continue to develop. As online and distance learning increasingly becomes a core part of the day-to-day business of the venerable higher education institutions with whom we collaborate, the University of London has the expertise, experience, reputation and scale to be able to continue to innovate and evolve to meet the needs of millions of people around the globe for whom high quality distance learning is a viable and attractive way to further their learning and realise their ambitions.
At City Business School, Sam Brenton was responsible for the strategy and development of digital learning, and launched City’s first fully online degree, an MSc in Global Finance. In his former role as Director of The Learning Institute at Queen Mary, University of London, he undertook a major transformation programme to improve the quality of staff teaching and student learning, as well as creating and developing Queen Mary’s highly regarded E-Learning team. He has also worked with online learning partnership firms in the private sector.
Sam Brenton, graduated with a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Cambridge, and gained an MSc in E-Learning from the University of East London, through work based learning.
Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London said: “We are delighted that Sam Brenton is joining us to deliver the very best in online and distance learning programmes for our students all over the world.”
The University of London continues to invest in programme development and innovation, in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of our students and their potential global employers. We also continue to innovate and deliver relevant programmes in order to retain our position as a world market-leader, dating back to 1858. Sam Brenton’s vast specialist experience, coupled with his business background, will prove invaluable and drive further innovation, which includes the forthcoming fully online BSc in Computer Science, due to go live in April 2019.