Meet the team
Meet some of them below.
I have been an educator for the whole of my professional career; it is a calling, and a passion. I am currently a doctoral researcher at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, and alongside this, I work as a teacher, tutor, educational consultant and curriculum designer. I have designed curricula for schools in the UK and Japan, and have worked with students of all ages. I am extremely lucky to be working with a group of the most exceptional people I have ever met, to create amazing educational experiences.
We are all driven by a belief that education really can change the world. Our programmes are always carefully designed to offer the sort of interdisciplinary study which is both challenging and enriching. As well as the opportunity to share ideas with leading thinkers in their respective fields, we give our students the chance to form lasting bonds and friendships which transcend nationality and borders. It is always an honour to welcome brilliant students from across the world, and our outstanding team put their all into ensuring that the course is a wonderful experience for all involved. We select only the most exceptional individuals to join our team, and I am confident that our programmes are the best that the world has to offer.
Dr Colin Clark
I am an academic specialising in literature; my research centres on Modernism and the poetics of literature and poetry. At Oxford, my doctoral thesis was on cross-cultural poetics. My published work focusses on the relationship between politics and poetic form; I am currently preparing a book on francophone postcolonial poetry. I have taught at Oxford University, Grenoble University and the University of Provence, and have been awarded several prestigious scholarships for my research.
My teaching work is often centred on one-to-one tutoring; I have also lectured on essay-writing and close textual analysis. On our course, I really enjoy meeting each student for their one-to-one writing tutorial: the close exchange of ideas, and the careful refinement of structure, style and feeling in their writing. I believe that on our course every student can find their voice – it is my honour to help them shape it.
Dr Benjamin Martill
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS in London, where I conduct research on European security, British foreign policy and ‘Brexit’. In particular I am interested in the ways different political parties imagine the international system and how this impacts their foreign policy choices. Before coming to LSE I worked at Wadham College, Oxford, Canterbury Christ Church University, and University College London.
At Oxford Summer Programmes, I teach a course on Brexit and British Politics. It’s really interesting for me to hear from my students how Brexit is viewed in other parts of the world, and to explain some of the more complex aspects of this very difficult process which they may not have thought about. I love coming back to the summer programme because the students are so keen and so friendly! This is the best combination you can hope for as a teacher, and I always enjoy talking politics with genuinely enthused people.
Dr David Rampton
My research focuses on the role of identity in the global, regional, national and local constitution of social orders and in dynamics of conflict and peace. I have published articles in high-ranking and reputable journals including European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. I have also conducted policy and advocacy research and evaluations for a number of organisations including UNHCR, International Crisis Group and The Asia Foundation and I am Associate Editor of the International Social Science Journal.
I have taught on Oxford Summer Programme’s Politics, Media and Culture course at Magdalen College since its inception. I have consistently returned as the programme is an excellent, thoroughly enjoyable and productive experience academically, socially and culturally for both students and teachers.
My professional experience also includes a number of years working as a researcher for a political think tank, devising policy solutions to put to government, and I have subsequently worked as a strategy consultant, advising some of the world’s largest retail and consumer goods companies.
The primary part of my role at Oxford Summer Programmes is to support Charlotte and Colin to coordinate the programmes by planning timetables, arranging lecturing staff and ensuring we have the best possible facilities. I also participate and help students in the classes during the day time. What I enjoy most about this aspect of the role is the opportunity to engage with our bright and insightful students, and to watch them make significant gains in confidence and subject knowledge.
The other main aspect of my role is to participate in the extra-curricula programme. This element of our courses is always fantastic fun and is indicative of our believe that the best environment for learning is one in which students are happy and surrounded by friends. This aspect of my job has provided an excellent opportunity to get to know students and make loads of new friends I am still in contact with today.
I love working for Oxford Summer Programmes, and frequently forget it is a job as it is such good fun. I am confident you will have a similar experience, and I look forward to meeting you!
Social Programme Manager
I am a fourth-year student studying Architecture and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. Whilst I was an undergraduate, I was also President of the Fitzwilliam Debating Society, and have won awards for my portrait painting. I now work for e-architect, the top online architecture resource, and am working with The Lord Shipley OBE, supporting him to devise housing policy.
I have two primary roles at Oxford Summer Programmes. As with the rest of the support team, I attend the lectures and seminars and help the students to engage with the academic course content. I also lead our social programme, organising a range of games, cultural and social activities. The schedule is varied and flexible depending on what students want to do. However, previously popular activities include punting on the river Cherwell, trips to famous museums of Oxford and London, karaoke, disco ice skating, bowling, rounders and trips to the pub.
I look forward to the summer course every year, which is like a condensed version of all the best bits of going to Oxbridge. I feel privileged to be involved in the seminars because the tutors really are world class and I love teaching the students about Western art and architecture. The most satisfying bit is seeing how much the students – my friends – develop their English and confidence during the course and, finally, receiving the feedback that confirms that we have changed people’s lives.
I have interests in literature, politics, languages and social work. I helped found and edit the Oxford Review of Books and have contributed to Private Eye and the TLS. Alongside Swedish I speak Mandarin Chinese. I spent 2015 teaching English voluntarily in China and now work with Flyktingar Lund to deliver English tuition to refugees. I enjoy playing squash and cycling.
The programmes are great – fun, challenging and rewarding in all the right ways. As Programme Facilitators, we have as much fun as the students. Our job is to be friends to you. We eat with you, give you tours, take you to concerts, play rounders and croquet with you, and sit with you in the lessons and practice English together. At the end of the two weeks we have been through a learning experience together, and I stay in touch with scores of former course attendees.
My favourite aspect of the course is learning about new cultures – something I aspire to do more of going forwards. It is amazing to share experiences and exchange cultural stories with our students, and I look forward to discussing these aspects of life with students to come. I also enjoy singing, theatre and literature.
I’ve been a Programme Facilitator for Oxford Summer Programmes since 2016, and each summer I have the time of my life showing students the joys and peculiarities of my hometown, making some extraordinary friends, and coaching the (unexpectedly brutal!) games of course croquet.
I have worked with Oxford Summer Programmes for two years, and it has become one of the highlights of my year, as every year I get to make so many great new friends! I love theatre and drama, so the highlight for me is getting to chat with the students abouts Shakespeare’s plays, maybe even acting parts of them out together!
Over the programmes you get a real sense of what life in Oxford is like. From having one-on-one tutorials and being taught by world-leading experts to going punting and seeing the local sights, I can only describe the course as the best bits of an Oxford degree compressed into two weeks. I made some brilliant friends last year and I cannot recommend it enough.
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