Prof Ale Armellini

Ale Armellini


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My current role as Professor and Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning at the University of Portsmouth is grounded in my commitment to generating institutional change and innovation at pace and at scale. In doing so, I lead and enable transformational learning through inspirational teaching across the University – and beyond.

I have a proven track record of leading and implementing large-scale, student-centred, evidence-based transformation – and bringing stakeholders with me in the process. My position as an established reference point in the sector is evidenced through my impact as Dean of Learning and Teaching at Northampton, my leadership of Portsmouth’s innovative Digital Success Plan for Learning and Teaching, my co-authorship of the new Education Strategy, my research into active blended learning (ABL) and my global engagement. I am a visible and highly experienced trained mentor who leads from the front line. I continue to draw on research, my colleagues, students and the academic community as essential sources of inspiration and growth.

The conceptualisation of and research into active blended learning (ABL) both at Northampton and Portsmouth (see research outputs) is one of my major contributions to transforming the teaching profession and improving student outcomes. This work is now central to Portsmouth’s blended and connected approach, including the pedagogic redesign rollout, the new programme approval process and the University’s new London Campus. 


I have worked in a variety of roles at a number of leading UK and overseas institutions, including the universities of Kent, Leicester and Manchester. Prior to joining Portsmouth, I was Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton. I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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    Harriet Dunbar-Morris (Chair), Ale Armellini (Invited speaker), Andrew Turner (Invited speaker) & A Thanaraj (Invited speaker)

    8 Dec 2021

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