Meet Our Staff

Oxford Summer Courses was established in 2010 by a network of Oxford alumni determined to share the magic of the university and the city with the wider world. Although Oxford Summer Courses isn’t part of the university, Oxford is at the heart of everything we do. It shapes what, where and how we teach. We pride ourselves on the high standard of the staff that we have working at Oxford Summer Courses. Our small office team of 11 is supplemented by the expertise of Oxford locals. We are accredited by the British Accreditation Council – this means they have assessed and approved our courses, teaching and safety procedures. We are currently recruiting for a number of positions, visit our Jobs page to find out more.

Office Staff

We are currently hiring Office staff. See here for further details.


Harry Hoare


Co-Founder and Director

Harry studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford before taking an M.Phil in Political Theory. During his time at Oxford he taught Politics to visiting students, gained academic prizes for essays on Rousseau and Plato and played football for Oxford University. Harry was Course Director 2010-2014 and now leads our Course Delivery Team. Alongside developing Oxford Summer Courses, Harry worked for the non-profit organisation Social Finance (2011-2015) where he helped structure social investment deals worth over £10mil. Harry remains a keen footballer, amateur politician and endurance sports enthusiast.

Robert Phipps


Co-Founder and Director

Robert graduated from University College, Oxford with a degree in Modern History. He taught History as a private tutor in the UK, Egypt and Hong Kong before training as a Strategy Consultant with the international firm Roland Berger (2012-2015) where he specialised in analysing, and providing advice on, the social care industry. Robert led Oxford Summer Courses’ British Accreditation Council inspection and helped grow the organisation across 3 Oxford University colleges and welcome over 300 students in 2015. During his spare time Robert enjoys film, football and food.

Barbara Phipps


Admissions Manager

Barbara joined Oxford Summer Courses in 2011 and co-ordinates all the pre-course correspondence and administration – from applications to arrivals. She is your first point of contact with Oxford Summer Courses and will you through until the Course Directors take over when you arrive in Oxford. Barbara has lived and worked in Oxford for over 12 years and will be able to answer all questions you have about the course. Oxford Summer Courses retains a small group atmosphere and personalised service – so please get in touch with her via our contact form if you have any questions about the course.

Ilze Saleniece


Academic Programmes Manager

As Academic Programmes Manager Ilze is in charge of ensuring we deliver the best academic courses possible. Ilze leads tutor recruitment, utilising her background in education, which includes a Masters Degree in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford. She also holds two Masters degrees from her native University of Latvia. Before joining the team at Oxford Summer Courses Ilze was Programme Director for the British Council and International Partnerships Manager at an NGO, which introduced global citizenship in Latvia. Ilze regularly attends lectures around Oxford pursuing her passion for education, as well as satiating her coffee cravings at all her favourite cafes in Oxford and her thirst for independent movies at the best independent local cinemas the city has to offer.

Monika Jerszynska


Cambridge Programmes Manager

Monika joined Oxford Summer Courses in 2017. Previously she ran her own social enterprise, winning the Women protecting our Environment award at Manchester International Women’s Day and worked as the senior operations supervisor at Oxford Prospects Programmes. With Masters degrees in Sociology, Linguistics and Social Communication as well as diplomas in graphic design and multimedia, Monika applies her excellent attention to detail with her creative flair to organise and deliver our Cambridge programme. In 2017 Monika recruited the tutors and staff to deliver our first courses in Cambridge and is already putting together a team to deliver an even bigger and better programme for this summer. When she’s not aiming for the stars with her astronomical range of interests, including learning German and Arabic, Monika is watching them as an avid astronomer and sci-fi enthusiast. If she didn’t already have enough strings to her bow Monika’s other interests include board games and archery!

Georgina Robinson


Marketing Officer

Georgina graduated with a Masters degree in Mediaeval History from the University of St Andrews. She taught English as a Foreign Language in Japan for a number of years before moving to Oxford to pursue a career in marketing. Georgina has lived in Oxfordshire for over 10 years. At Oxford Summer Courses, Georgina is responsible for marketing the courses to potential students across the globe. When not updating Oxford Summer Courses’ Facebook page, Georgina enjoys visiting new places in Oxfordshire with her family.

Guillermo Tirelli


Web Developer

As well as tutoring Computer Science, Guillermo is a Web Developer for Oxford Summer Courses. He is harnessing his extensive programming knowledge to upgrade the website so it is as good as our courses. In addition he is the person to turn to for any IT related difficulties meaning he keeps the office going when technology conspires against us. Guillermo is passionate about classical music, cooking and drinking tea and coffee. His mantra in life is ‘No chocolate in the morning.’

Rachel Parr


Senior Operations Manager

Rachel joined Oxford Summer Courses in 2017. Having studied Archaeology at university in Cardiff, she then served as a logistics officer in the British Army for over twenty years on operations, in logistic roles, and in training and education. She was made an MBE in 2011 for her command and leadership of her 120-strong squadron. Since leaving the Army, Rachel has worked with the UK’s aircraft carrier build programme, and with the UK Defence Academy in business improvement. Rachel’s role with Oxford Summer Courses is to develop and lead the delivery teams and the course programmes, and support the company’s wider development. Rachel was married in Oxford, her son was born here, and she has lived and worked in the area for many years. She remains committed to dragging her very patient family (now with five children) around all the incredible heritage that this beautiful area offers.

Leigh Joslin


Admissions Analyst

Leigh is there to answer all your questions about the course, working with the Admissions team to process your applications. Leigh also helps with Marketing and can often be found snapchatting the best sites and moments in Oxford for the Oxford Summer Courses Snapchat. Leigh’s interest in education began with his role at the University of Wolverhampton, where he worked in Alumni Development and Campus Operations while he attained his master’s degree in scriptwriting from the University of Glamorgan. His script set around a famous Anglo-Saxon battle, was awarded the Knight Hall Agency Prize and he has also been awarded several festival and contest selections. Leigh is a keen scriptwriter and while he’s not pitching his scripts to top directors, he is an avid Chelsea supporter, and their success story is something he happily muses on while sipping his lattes.

Nicola Keane


Admissions and Business Development

Nicola helps process applications and is also available to answer any questions you may have about our courses. After graduating from Cambridge University, Nicola begun her career on the trading floor in London. She now works on several projects including advertising for the Garsington Opera and as part of a coaching network in Newbury. Nicola also works on business development at Oxford Summer Courses, developing more exciting courses and opportunities at Oxford Summer Courses. Most recently she has been working on our Uni Guidance Tours, providing trips, information, and insights into leading UK universities. In her spare time Nicola applies her hand to sculpture, attending the theatre in London and making delicious soups.

Laura Haigh


HR and Finance Controller

Laura graduated with a degree in Law and French law from Nottingham Law School, and spent a year in Montpellier, France as part of her studies. She is a qualified accountant and has spent 15 years specialising in corporate tax for global accountancy firms and in-house with Sony, and has lived in Oxfordshire since 2008. At Oxford Summer Courses Laura is responsible for the Finance and Human Resources function. She ensures that the courses accounts are all accurately kept and that staff have the best training to allow them to offer students the best experience during their time with Oxford Summer Courses. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time keeping her family entertained, going to gigs and spending quality time with friends.

Alex Whitton


Operations Officer

Alex joined Oxford Summer Courses after graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 2016, where he studied History. Alex is in charge of recruiting the On-Course Delivery team, who are responsible for making sure students are healthy, safe and happy throughout their time with Oxford Summer Courses. He is also involved in organising and preparing the course, drawing up the social and cultural elements of the timetable ensuring students get the true Oxford experience. Alex’s passion for education begun when he worked on the Oxford Summer Courses on-course delivery team in 2015 and again in 2016 as a Student Helper and Assistant Course Director. He is a keen baker and food enthusiast, who can often be found sampling the latest delicacies at Oxford’s best food market in Gloucester Green, where he frequently took students when working on the course. Alex also has a passion for puns which he regularly unleashes in the office to anguished sighs from the rest of the team. They clearly have no sense of pun!
All of our course delivery staff are First Aid and Child Safeguarding trained, as well as having a range of experience working with young people before they arrive. The Course Director makes sure the courses run smoothly. They are always available in person and by phone and lead the whole team in providing a range of welfare support. They are committed individuals who are trained in student welfare.

Chris Adamson


Course Director

Chris studied Classics as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews before taking an M.Phil in Classical Studies at Oxford University. He is currently finishing his D.Phil at St Cross College, Oxford in Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archeaeology. Alongside his studies, Chris has worked for Oxford Summer Courses since 2013 and is the Course Director for 16-24s at Somerville college. Chris is a keen golfer and travel enthusiast.

Kezia Fender


Course Director

Kezia is a Masters student at Wadham College, Oxford studying English Literature 650-1550, having completed her undergraduate degree there in English and German. She has worked on residential courses for young people for Yellow Submarine charity and Cape Adventure outward bound centre, as well as working as a teaching assistant in Austria and Nepal for ages 10-18. Oxford Summer Courses is a chance for her to combine her enjoyment of working with young people from all over the world with that of academic study in Oxford.
Our tutors are all Oxford University academics or experienced tutors and have spent years honing their teaching skills as undergraduate and graduate students. Here is a selection of tutors we have working for us- visit the subject pages to see more tutor profiles.

Dr Kieron Winn


Creative Writing

Dr Kieron Winn’s first collection of poetry, The Mortal Man, was published in 2015, and has been widely praised. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on Herbert Read and T. S. Eliot. He has twice won, in 2007 and 2013, the University of Oxford’s most valuable literary award, the English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize.

Dr Gauri Ang



Dr Gauri Ang completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences in University College London. She then completed her D.Phil. in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, investigating the role of schizophrenia-relevant genes in the generation of body clocks, sleep, and cognition.

Kristofer Hammerback



Kristofer Hammerback is a current D.Phil. candidate in Economics at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, after previously having completed an MPhil in Economics at Oxford. He has been involved in undergraduate admissions interviewing for Economics and Management as well as for Economics and History at Somerville College and Keble College, Oxford.

Ivaylo Iaydjiev


International Relations

Ivaylo Iaydjiev is a D.Phil. student in Public Policy with the Blavatnik School of Government and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His doctorate focuses on International Political Economy, and in particular the politics of the European financial crisis and the role of international institutions and he has published several articles, working papers, and policy briefs on this subject. He holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA in French and Politics (First-class) from the University of Bath. He is currently a Senior Researcher with the European Policy Institute and was previously an adviser to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, an analyst for the Office of the President of Bulgaria, and a trainee at the European Commission, gaining first-hand experience of International Relations and public policy.
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