At St John’s, the Access and Outreach team liaise with schools and colleges in our linked regions to provide students, parents, carers, and teachers with accurate information about applying to, and studying at, the University of Oxford. We coordinate and deliver outreach events at St John’s, including Study Days and school visits which allow potential applicants to gain experience of university and understand the admissions process. The Access and Outreach team are a point of contact for prospective students and their schools, as well as, current students and staff who wish to support access work at St John’s.
Dr Sandra Campbell
Fellow for Admissions and Access and Supernumerary Fellow in Physiology
I have greatly enjoyed working in higher education for the last 20 years. In my current position as Supernumerary Fellow and Tutor in Physiology for St John’s, I have am involved in many aspects of College life including those that relate to the students directly (teaching, welfare, discipline, presidential collections, admissions, schools liaison), and those that contribute to the effective running of the college (various committees, interviewing for JRF, alumni interactions admissions, and as Dean for Degrees). I am currently the lead tutor in Biomedical sciences, and I have a substantial role as a Medical tutor. I also contribute to the teaching of the Experimental Psychology students.
Project Lead for Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme
I am responsible for management of the various strands of the Inspire Programme in the boroughs of Ealing and Harrow. Originally from the North East of England, I have an undergraduate degree in History and a Master’s degree in US History from University College, Oxford, and have a number of years’ experience in the field of widening access to higher education. I have previously worked on a number of access projects with Pembroke College, Oxford, and more recently have been involved in the development and implementation of Oxford’s regional outreach policy, with a particular focus on areas of social, economic and educational disadvantage in the North East and North West of England.
Dr Ana Wallis
Project Lead for Post-GCSE Inspire Programme
My role is managing the Post-GCSE Inspire Programme. This includes our Year 12 Inspire Programme, Study Days and Subject Exploration Days. After attending the University of Nottingham for my undergraduate degree in Genetics, I moved to Oxford to study my DPhil (PhD), examining how our genetic material (DNA) is copied when a cell divides. During my DPhil I designed and delivered science outreach materials. I greatly enjoyed this outreach experience, and afterwards went on to work at St John’s College, Oxford and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History creating STEM outreach programmes for families and pupils.
Undergraduate Admissions Officer
I am the contact for individual application enquiries, interviews and Open Days. In addition to managing the undergraduate admissions process, I also provide tours of St John’s and coordinate the college’s participation in Open Days.
Dr Maryanne Saunders
Access and Outreach Officer
Before starting at St John’s I worked for Regent’s Park College, Oxford and King’s College London. I read History of Art at St Catherine’s College, I also did my masters at Oxford before going on to do a PhD in Religious Studies at King’s College London. I am originally from West Sussex, attended UNIQ summer school and was a Moritz-Heyman Scholar (now the Crankstart Scholarship) as an undergraduate.
Dr Ken Amor
My focus is providing content for STEM projects in the Inspire program at St. John’s College and supporting the College’s Outreach activities. Previous experience includes delivering sessions to teachers and prospective students, and running activities for the UNIQ Summer school on behalf of the central University’s Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office, Colleges, and science departments.
Project Support Officer for Inspire Programme
I support the Pre- and Post-GCSE Project Leads in co-ordinating the administration of the Inspire Programme, as well as running the access team’s social media and managing the Inspire website. I studied English at Cambridge as an undergraduate, then came to Oxford for a master’s in Victorian literature. I have recently completed a PhD in contemporary feminist theatre at Oxford. During my PhD, I enjoyed teaching on outreach programmes at Jesus College and the Faculty of English, and teaching a course based on my research to Year 9s at a local state school in Oxfordshire through the Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme. Outside of work, I am a playwright and theatre reviewer.
Project Support Officer
I run the Inspire Digital website, manage the access team’s social media and web presence and provide administrative support. Before working in access, I read Mathematics (2016-2020) here at St John’s. I started engaging in outreach work as an undergraduate ambassador at open days and interviews. My masters’ dissertation focused on category theory and its connections to quantum groups – a mathematical structure mostly seen in theoretical physics.
External Evaluator for the Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme
My name is Marianne Talbot and I’m a freelance education consultant, with a BSc in Geology and an MA in Creative Writing, and many years’ experience in developing and evaluating qualifications and outreach activities. I have worked for awarding organisations, government departments, regulators, universities, and professional bodies, in the UK and internationally. I also lead professional development courses for the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, of which I am a Fellow, based at the University of Hertfordshire.
At St John’s, I will be evaluating the Inspire Pre-GCSE Programme, using a range of methodologies including online surveys, telephone interviews and observation in the schools at their Aspiration Days, reporting on how successful the programme is at meeting its aims. I am excited to be part of this innovative initiative.
I live in Leamington Spa with my husband, teenage daughter, and a ginger cat called Arlo, who thinks it is HIS house, of course.