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.
Inspire Project Lead
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.
Inspire Project Support Officer
I run the Inspire Digital website, manage the access team’s social media and web presence and provide administrative support for the Inspire Programme. Prior to St John’s, I worked in student administration and as a library assistant in Oxford. I completed my MPhil in Linguistics 2018, specialising in online video, identity building and how young people connect and build community on the internet.
Access and Outreach Team
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.
Access and Outreach Associate for STEM
I work as the Access and Outreach Associate for STEM. My role is to provide assistance and support to the College’s Access and Outreach Office in the development and delivery of the STEM components of the St John’s Inspire Programme as well as other College access and outreach activities.
Assistant Access and Admissions Officer
Prior to working at St John’s, I read History here (2017-2020) and was deeply engaged in outreach work as an undergraduate ambassador. Having never studied anything earlier than the Stuarts before coming to university, I fell in love with medieval history, thanks to the wonderful tutors at John’s. My thesis analysed the material and sensual history of the lollards, a loosely defined group of non-conformist Christians in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. I am a jazz saxophonist and enjoy skateboarding.
Before starting my role as Admissions Assistant, 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. While not at work, I can often be found enjoying board games and tabletop roleplaying games with my friends.
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.