BBC's Ian Myatt appointed Director of Educational Enterprise at the University of Birmingham

Posted on Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce that Ian Myatt has been appointed as Director of Educational Enterprise at the University of Birmingham.

Mr Myatt is currently Head of Knowledge and Learning for BBC Online and has significant experience of using digital media technology to forge a closer relationship between content producers and audiences. He has played a crucial role in developing and delivering high profile digital services across all platforms and has most recently led the development of the new factual and learning brand BBC iWonder

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Myatt said: “I am incredibly excited about taking on this new role at the University of Birmingham. As an alumnus of the University I am well aware of its first class reputation and I look forward to exploiting technology to provide innovative and engaging new methods of delivery.”

As Director of Educational Enterprise, Mr Myatt will lead on a range of initiatives within the area of Alternative Modes of Delivery focusing on three broad areas of activity: identifying ways of exploiting technology and content working with the Centre for Learning and Development, IT Services, External Relations and Colleges; managing strategic relationships both inside the organisation and with strategic partners in other sectors; and developing a number of planned initiatives in existing programme areas.

Brendan Casey, Directory of Academic Services, said: “We look forward to welcoming Ian Myatt to the University as Director of Educational Enterprise. Ian’s experience and skill set from his current role as Head of Knowledge and Learning for BBC Online will make him a valuable asset to Academic Services and to the wider University. This is a significant appointment, and one we are proud to have made.”

Highlights of Mr Myatt’s career include establishing the network of BBC Local websites, launching the BBC's first IP based television service (Hull Interactive), the introduction of regional programming to digital satellite, the live streaming of BBC Local Radio and the realisation of the BBC iPlayer catch up television and radio service. His most recent venture aims to unlock the learning potential of all BBC content through an exciting range of new digital formats under the brand BBC iWonder.

Mr Myatt is a Trustee of Performances Birmingham Limited (the charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham) and has served as Chairman of The New Streetly Youth Orchestra since 1999. He also founded Made in Sutton, a forum established to promote the take up of arts within Sutton Coldfield in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

He will take up his role at the University on 18 August 2014 and will report to the director of Academic Services.

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For more information please contact Deborah Walker, Head of Communications at the University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 6681.