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Ms Sophia Diamantopoulou
20 Bedford Way
UCL Institute of Education
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Lecturer (Teaching) Digital Education Critical Studies
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
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Sophia Diamantopoulou is a Lecturer (Teaching) at the UCL Centre for Applied linguistics, contributing to the MA in Applied Linguistics, MA in Digital Media (Critical Studies), MA in Education, BASc ( BA in Arts and Sciences) as well several other MA modules. Her research interests are related to the broad areas of museum education, visual communication, multimodal social semiotics and discourse analysis. Sophia’s current research focuses on multimodal communication in museums and learning in the visual mode.

Sophia has a wide range of teaching experience of over thirty years across schools, museums and higher education in the UK and abroad. She has previously worked as a researcher on ten externally funded education projects at the Institute of Education (IOE) and has taught on various research methods courses at the former IOE Doctoral School. In 2018 she was recognized by the Higher Education Academy as a Senior Fellow (SFHEA).

Sophia has a longstanding involvement in the field of Multimodal Communication, Social Semiotics and Discourse Analysis. She has been one of the initial members of the steering group of the Centre for Multimodal Research (CMR), since its inception in 2003 and has co-organised the first two international conferences on multimodality at IOE in 2008 and 2012. She leads the Visual and Multimodal Research Forum seminar at the UCL CMR and runs reading groups on multimodality, while more recently she started an international online seminar series, 'Multimodality Talks' along with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Stockholm University.

She has published articles on topics including museum learning, multimodal communication, museum visitors’ movement and children’s drawings in journals, such as Museum and Society, Designs for Learning, The International Journal of Arts Education and Hermes: Journal of Language and Communication Studies.

She is a member of the editorial board for 'Multimodality and Society', 'Museums and Society' and the 'American Journal of Educational Research'. Sophia is currently chairing the organizing committee for the 11th International Conference on Multimodality (ICOM11) hosted by UCL IOE.

 (source: https://uclappliedlinguistics.wordpress.com/postgraduate-tutors/)

Academic Background
2018   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
1997   Master of Arts University College London
1996   Bachelor of Arts National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
1996   Ptychio University of Athens
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