About Us

The Oxford Institute is a not-for-profit organization founded by former and current academics at Oxford University and is accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a further education and short course provider.

 

The Institute organises a two weeks residential summer programme that allows students from all over the world to experience academic life in Oxford. The students stay at one of the constituent colleges of University of Oxford. They use all facilities such as accommodation, lecture rooms, dining, sports fields and socialising areas normally only available to students at University of Oxford. The students are taught by the lecturers, tutors and professors at University of Oxford in their chosen field of study. All of our tutors and lecturers therefore are either current or former lecturers, researchers or students at Oxford University.

 

Profiles of some members of our Admin and Academic team as well as the Deans and Education Consultants are listed below. Please click here to view the profiles of some of our tutors and guest lecturers

Administration

Here at the Oxford Institute we have an enthusiastic team of administrators who work day and night to make the Oxford experience worthwhile for our summer school students.

Samuel Berryman
Registrar

Samuel heads the Administration Team at The Oxford Institute. He has worked for many years as an Account Manager and an Administrator in a Research firm. Samuel is responsible for making sure that your time in Oxford is pleasant and that the course runs smoothly.

Academics

Our lecturers mostly hold a lecturing or tutoring position at the University of Oxford. They organise the academic activities for the program including lectures, tutorials and guest speaker seminars.

Maria Rioumine
Convener - Debates and Leadership

Maria is a final year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at Christ Church, Oxford University. She was elected President of the Oxford Union, the world renowned debating society that includes Benazir Bhutto and William Gladstone amongst its former Presidents, for Hilary Term 2012-13 and oversaw the organisation of all university-wide debates, socials and speaker events. Maria shall convene the sessions on Oxford style debating and introduce the students to century and a half old tradition of free speech, eloquence and leadership at the Oxford Union.

Adnan Rafiq
Director - Social Sciences

Adnan holds an MPhil degree in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and is currently a PhD student at the Oxford University in Politics International Relations. He is a published author and has over 5 years experience of academic research and teaching.

Anna Svennson
Director - Arts & Humanities

With a background in English Literature (BA, University of Oxford 2008), Anna is studying towards a PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Environment. Her current research areas engage with the challenges and possibilities of interdisciplinary research, the history of botany, and early modern collecting cultures.


Dr. Megan Robb
English Language Skills

Megan holds a Ph.D degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. She has also completed an MPhil degree in Modern South Asian Studies and a Bachelors degree from University of Indiana, USA. Megan remained the General Secretary of the Oxford University Model United Nations and has excellent public speaking skills.

Harry Lee
Director Physical Sciences 

Harry has recently graduated from Oriel College, University of Oxford in Molecular and Cellular Biology and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, USA for the academic year 2013-14. Harry is originally from Korea and has been helping overseas applicants with their Oxbridge applications since his first year at Oxford.

Deans

Deans are responsible for facilitating the students during the program and making sure that they are taken care of. The Deans are also responsible for maintaining discipline.

Tabitha Spence

Tabitha holds an M.A. in Geography and Development and a Graduate Certificate in Water Management and Policy from the University of Arizona. She is currently based in Cambridge, and is doing doctoral work in Development Studies with a focus on international climate politics. She is is experienced in teaching undergraduate students, as well as in managing student welfare.

Nazish Gulzar

Nazish holds a Masters degree in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester and has extensive experience of working in the technology sector. She has also supervised students at various Summer School programs for many years.

Ayyaz Mallick

Ayyaz holds a M.Biochem. degree from the University of Oxford and is currently reading for a PhD degree in Environmental Studies. He is an experienced tutor and has supervised students in Oxford for a number of years.

Tom Hendriks

Tom read History at the University of Oxford. After working in technology, he joined us as an IT tutor, bringing industry and academic knowledge to this and other subjects. As Senior Adviser to the Oxford University Rifle Club, he remains close to the University, offering coaching, mentoring, and advice, as well as covering safety, welfare, and residential programmes; he brings these skills to his role as Dean.


Education Consultants

Cynthia D. Ritchie (North America)

Cynthia is a world traveler who has traveled and lived in many places, including USA, Australia and Dubai. She possesses a Master of Education in Psychology, with Ancillary Counseling Certification from Louisiana State University, USA, and has two additional years of graduate counseling psychology work at Pepperdine University, California, USA. Cynthia also has advanced training in mediation and negotiation techniques and as a Guardian Ad Litem. Currently, she is working on her Master of Strategic Public Relations at George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Yujiao Zhang (China)

Yujiao holds an Msc degree in Management and Information System from the University of Manchester and now works as a management consultant for Global Fortune 500 clients. He has spent over 10 years in teaching, training, and talent performance both domestically in China and internationally in India, Germany and England.

Marina Zhang (China)

Marina Zhang holds a Master degree in Information Systems and Management from the University of Warwick and has rich experience of education for last ten years. She lives in China and South Africa and establishes global students communicate network.

Sanjeeta Tamang (India) 

Sanjeeta is currently pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. She is part of a research group undertaking exciting research in the field of molecular biology. She has also been a research fellow at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata. 

Ahmet Ataner (Cyprus)

Ahmet holds an MBA degree and has worked as the Senior Lecturer, Director of International Office, and as the General Secretary of the European University of Lefke. In addition he worked as the General Manager and CEO of the Development Bank. He also worked as National Director and CEO at the SOS Children Village, Kinderdorf International. He represented his institutions in many countries around the world. Currently, he has a consultancy business called, Ataner Danismanlik (International Education, Career, Business & Investment Consultancy). Now, he is mainly recruiting students for the prestigious universities in the UK, and Oxford Institute

Esther Wanjau (Africa)

Esther holds a Masters Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Manchester. She has experience of working for many years in the Education sector at the Government of Kenya and has mentored a number of students during her career.

Haleema Salman Umaar (Pakistan)

Haleema earned a BSc (Hons.) in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. She has worked for the likes of ABN Amro Bank and Faysal Bank and has taken a sabbatical from banking to work as an independent consultant. She enjoys her work as an educational consultant for the Oxford Institute.

Anuja Sanghavi (India)

Anuja is a highly motivated person with a passion for alternate development models. She holds a degree in Law from Mumbai and a Masters in International Development from the University of Manchester (U.K.). Anuja has worked on Strategic Development Planning Projects for different State governments and Aid agencies. Anuja's passion for development at the ground level has led her to form her own NGO in education and holistic development of street children.

Aygul Abiz (Turkey) 

 Aygül is a native British TESOL teacher currently living in Turkey, Izmir. She is the proud owner of Little Britain School of English and has over 8 years of experience teaching English as a second language as well as educational consulting and career coaching.