Former culture minister Ed Vaizey (pictured) and edtech specialist Dr Adam Black have been appointed to Perlego's board of advisors, it has been confirmed.
It comes as the online educational book subscription service increases its resources, in response to a rise in demand following the closure of libraries and online teaching at universities.
On the news, Perlego co-founder and c.e.o. Gauthier Van Malderen said: “Implementing digital resources isn’t a short-term fix whilst we socially distance. If we want to make educational resources more accessible to more people, technology needs to be adopted as part of a long-term strategy within all educational institutions. We’re honoured to welcome Ed and Adam to the Perlego team and know their experience will help get us one step closer to this goal.”
Vaizey, who departed his role as culture minister in 2016, said: "It’s an incredibly important time for the education sector and Perlego is making a real difference for students, educational institutions and academic publishers. Perlego offers unrivalled opportunities to drive real change and innovation in the sector, benefiting thousands of students as they start a new semester during such an uncertain time.”
Black's previous experience includes heading the digital transformation of academic publishers including Pearson Education, Macmillan Learning and Cambridge University Press, and he has coached over 150 education start-ups. He will assist in Perlego's global strategy.
Commenting on the appointment, he said: “Perlego has a bold mission to make learning accessible to more students globally by building the world's largest subscription service of textbooks and study tools. In the process, they’re killing piracy and growing a vibrant direct-to-student marketplace for publishers to benefit from. I’m thrilled to join Perlego’s advisory board at this exciting phase in their growth to help them achieve these important ambitions.”