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Professor Sam Smidt

Academic Director: King's Academy


Sam is Academic Director of King’s Academy which is the education development team at King’s College London.  She joined King’s in 2022 after nearly seven years in a similar role at UCL.  Before that she was at the Open University for many years in the Faculty of Science and the office of the PVC Learning and Teaching.

Sam is a physicist by background and still works with the Institute of Physics degree accreditations team. She has many years’ experience of capacity building work around online and distance learning and has worked on projects and consultancies in Central Asia, Russia and Bangladesh. She is particularly interested in programme design and supporting academics to consider a whole programme approach to learning design.

She has designed and developed MOOCs on the FutureLearn platform and developed a number of short courses for staff and students on UCL’s externally facing Moodle platform eXtend. Sam is a principal fellow of the HEA and is a member of AdvanceHE’s Fellowship and Accreditation Expert Advisory Group.