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Chrissi NerantziChrissi Nerantzi



0161 247 4615

Twitter: @chrissinerantzi

Who am I?

Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD. Focus on creative, innovative and open learning and teaching

At Manchester Met, Chrissi developed the openly-licensed practice-based developmental CPD programme FLEX which incorporates formal and informal pathways of engagement utilising digital professional portfolios and CPD opportunities including open cross-institutional collaborative initiatives.  She is the founder of the Greenhouse, a community for creative practitioners, the Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) webinars and developed the Creativity for Learning unit and FLEX units that are linked to the PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and the MA in Higher Education. Chrissi also leads Recognising and Rewarding Teaching Excellence and the Good Practice Exchange and developed a series of workshops and courses around playful learning including LEGO® Serious Play®. She also contributes to further academic development activities within CELT, including the institutional PSF scheme and supports colleagues in creative curriculum design activities across the institution.

Academic Biography

Previous employment

Chrissi used to teach foreign languages (German and Greek) in Greece, Germany and the UK in adult learning, further and higher education as well as translating mainly children’s books and literature  before moving into teacher education and academic development. She has worked as an academic developer at the University of Sunderland and the University of Salford before moving to Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013.

Research Expertise, Publications and Grants

Chrissi’s research interests are around open and creative pedagogies. She engages in related scholarly activities and research and disseminates her work through conferences and academic publications and acts as a peer reviewer for academic journals and book publications. Chrissi completed doctoral studies at Edinburgh Napier University which has led to the development of a cross-boundary collaborative open learning framework for cross-institutional academic development.

Nerantzi, C. (2017) Towards a framework for cross-boundary collaborative open learning in cross-institutional academic development. PhD thesis, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier, available at

To find out more about Chrissi, please access her LinkedIn profile at Her personal blog, including a full list of publications, is available at

Awards, Honours and Distinctions

Awards and nominations

Dec 2010 One of the Top 100 Salford Women making a difference

June 2013 Awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Salford, nominated by PGCAP students

Jan 2014 Best Case Study Award by UCISA:
Nerantzi, C, Wilson, J, Munro, N, Lace-Costigan, G and Currie N (2014) Warning! Modelling effective mobile learning is infectious, an example from Higher Education, UCISA Best Practice Guide using mobile technologies for learning, teaching and assessment pp. 11-17.

June 2014 Shortlisted for ALT team award leading BYOD4L team Chrissi Nerantzi, Sue Beckingham, Andrew Middleton. David Hopkins, Neil Withnell, Ellie Livermore, Kathrine Jensen, Alex Spiers, Dr David Walker, Dr Panos Vlachopoulos, Ola Aiyegbayo, Chris Rowell.

June 2014 Nominated for Rising Star Award at MMU for Greenhouse Initiative

December 2014 #LTHEchat Finalist in the 2014 EDUBLOG AWARDS, category: Best Twitter Hashtag or Chat

June 2015 Awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy

Sep 2015 Open Education Europa Fellow (OEE Fellow) by Open Education Europa, video at

Oct 2015 One of the 50 most influential UK Higher Education Social Media Influencer, by JISC (ManMetLife article)

Nov 2015 Open Education Pioneer
The following projects have been recognised as Good Practice and included in the Open Education Pioneers collection at Open Education Europa

  • Catch the creativity bug and spread it - #creativeHE
  • Everybody needs a Greenhouse – Greenhouse
  • To FLEX or not to FLEX? – FLEX
  • FOS: enlightened learning, flexible, open and social
  • Facilitating Learning in the Open (Open Facilitator Project)
  • Everybody needs TLC (Teaching and Learning Conversations webinars)
  • OER film series Food for Thought

Dec 2015 Open Education Europa Teachers’ Contest 2015 Finalist, see

Feb 2016 #creativeHE was nominated for the Credo Digital Award for Information Literacy 2016.
Collaborators: Sandra Sinfield (London Metropolitan University), Sue Watling (University of Hull), Dr Nikos Fachantidis (University of Macedonia), Prof. Norman Jackson (Creative Academic, Lifewide Education), highly commended.

September 2016 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2016 Award Runner up, Association for Learning Technology for my work in open education.

September 2017 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2017, individual winner, Association for Learning Technology for my work in open education

April 2018 GO-GN Award for Best Open Research Practice

Professional recognition

2008 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2011 Accreditor of the Higher Education Academy

2012 Fellow of the Staff and Educational Developers Association (FSEDA)

2013 Accredited LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator

2018 Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Professional membership

Since 2013 Member of Lifewide Education

Since 2014 Editorial member of the SEDA Educational Developments Magazine

Since 2015 Founding member of Creative Academic

Since 2015 Committee member of the Association of National Teaching Fellows

Since 2017 alumni of the Global OER Graduate Network (2015-17 Member)

Since 2018 Member of SEDA's Services and Enterprise (SE) Committee

External Examiner

since 2017 PgCert in Academic Practice, Leeds Beckett University

2015 – 2017 PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distance learning mode), Kingston University London

2014 - 2015 PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University