Bell Education Podcast

The Bell Education Podcast explores interesting and informative topics connected to International Education. With a variety of expert guests from many different aspects of International Education, your hosts Sam and Rebecca will discuss a wide range of issues which will help you to gain a better understanding.

As well as delving into key areas of International Education, we get to know more about our guests in this relaxed conversational format.

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Episode 5 | Martin Corr – Managing Director, The Ardmore Group

A veteran of the English Language industry, Martin started his career as an Activity Leader at one of Ardmore’s summer centres and gradually worked his way up, now holding the position of Managing Director. He knows all the ins and outs of running junior summer centres!

In this episode we discuss the effect the pandemic had on the sector, particularly the junior market, as well as the forecast for 2022 and beyond as students start to travel again. What is the future for the UK summer school market?


Episode 4 |Bell Education Podcast | With Nick Stevenson – Director, EMEA – ICEF

ICEF connects educators, education agents, work and travel professionals and industry service providers to key markets and networks worldwide, supporting the growth and development of international education and global student mobility.

Nick has extensive experience in the international education industry, having worked in various different capacities, including his role at ICEF since 2014.

Join us as we chat to Nick about the worldwide ICEF workshops, including the popular ICEF Berlin back in October 2021 – the first in-person event since the Covid-19 pandemic began. We also discuss travel tips and interesting stories from overseas business trips!

You can find out more about ICEF here:


Episode 3 | Bell Education Podcast | With Nick Walsh – Export Growth Trade Adviser, East of England – Department of International Trade

With extensive international trade experience, Nick Walsh is the Export Growth Trade Adviser in the East of England, for the Department of International Trade. Specialising in education, agriculture and food & drink, Nick uses his expertise to help SME’s in the East of England to develop their export plans, connect to new opportunities overseas and build profitable International trade.

Join us as we talk to Nick about his role at the Department of International Trade, exciting opportunities available to small businesses, and also how he likes to wind down in his own time.

Find out about the Department of International Trade here:


Episode 2 | Dr Will Tosh – Research Fellow & Lecturer, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

After reading English at Oxford University, Dr Will Tosh worked as an actor before completing a PhD in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary University in London. Since 2014, Will has been a Research Fellow and Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He is also the published author of ‘Male Friendship and Testimonies of Love in Shakespeare’s England’ and ‘Playing Indoors: Staging Early Modern Drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’. His latest book, ‘Straight Acting: The Many Queer Lives of William Shakespeare’ will be released in 2023.

Join us as we discuss all things Shakespeare and learn about life at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Find out more about Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre here:

Photo Credit: James Betts


Episode 1 | Jodie Gray – Chief Executive English UK

Jodie has worked at English UK for over 12 years and has vast experience working in the international education sector. In her role as Chief Executive of English UK, Jodie is responsible for establishing and reviewing key strategic priorities and overseeing the work of the association. Along with her Team, Jodie has led the English Language industry in the UK through the Covid-19 Pandemic, offering unwaivering support and guidance to English UK members and often times a shoulder to cry on. Listen to our podcast with Jodie when we talk about the effects of the pandemic on our industry, what the future holds and English UK’s renewed stance on anti-racism. There’s also the chance to learn a little bit about the real Jodie, and what she does when she manages to snatch some personal time away from her work.

Find out more about English UK here: