UPCH Staff

You will be taught by a number of UCL appointed subject lecturers. All staff teaching on the UPCH are highly qualified and experienced in their subject areas, many of whom have also worked in industry and/or abroad. External examiners have stated that the teaching is of a high standard and is delivered by qualified, enthusiastic, competent and experienced teachers.

UPCH Course Co-ordinator and Modern European Culture Tutor - Raphaela Armbruster

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Raphaela Armbruster studied in France at the Ecole Normale Supérieure where she majored in Modern French and European Literature. As a postgraduate, she obtained an MA and an MPhil in Literature and Comparative Literature, and an MPhil in Sociolinguistics at the Sorbonne University. Her research was based on the political and educational issues at stake in bilingual and multilingual contexts. 

Prior to moving to the UK, she has worked as a freelance art agent and as a foreign rights assistant for an independent publisher in Paris. Her ongoing interest concerns cross-disciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences.

Classical Civilization Tutor - James Cross


Dr. James Cross gained his first degree, a BA in English Literature, from UCL. He then obtained an MA in Classical Civilization from Birkbeck, University of London, for which he was awarded a distinction. He completed his PhD in Classics at King’s College London in 2014.

His research focuses on the invention of prose writing in ancient Greece, examining persuasive techniques in argumentative medical, historical and philosophical prose as well as exploring ancient ideas about written style.

Before teaching the UPCH module in Classical Civilisation, he taught evening courses in Latin at the Centre and has also taught courses in ancient Greek at the London Summer School in Classics.

Economics Co-ordinator - Dr Nalini Vittal

  Dr Nalini Vittal has been with UPCH since inception, and is proud her students are of the quality to enter the best Economics and other degrees. She was trained in India and the UK, and has also taught in Cambodia, India, and Kazakhstan. Her main interest is in economic development. She helped establish the UPC programme on the Astana campus where UCL's partner is Nazarbayev University.

Economics Tutor - Sultan Orazbayev

  Sultan joined UCL in 2010 to teach Economics course on the UPC program. Before joining UCL, Sultan has worked as an economist, conducting applied macroeconomic research and policy analysis.

In addition to professional experience, Sultan has taught at universities in the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and Canada. His broad research interests are macroeconomics, international economics and trade.

Geography Tutor - Joanne Norcup

Joanne Norcup

Jo Norcup studied Geography at Royal Holloway and was awarded BA (Hons) in Geography and MA (Research) in Cultural Geography. In 2000, Jo gained her PGCE specialising in Secondary Geography education from Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Jo has taught students at all stages of formal education processes as well as extra-curricular, summer schools and adult and community groups. 

A freelance geography education adviser, Jo has worked for the BBC, the British Government, the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Association as well as charities, community groups and media companies. 

Before joining UCL, Language Centre Jo was awarded a Fawcett Fellowship in the Geography Department of UCL and worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Geography Department of the University of Glasgow. Jo’s doctoral research (University of Glasgow) concerns geography education, historical and cultural geography, cultural geographies of environmental sustainability, peoples’ folk geographies, landscapes and biographies.

Geography Tutor - Rebecca Collins


Rebecca Collins gained her first degree, a BA (Hons) in History of Art, from Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She then worked for the University of Cambridge for four years, latterly in education for sustainability.

She joined the Department of Geography at UCL in 2008, first gaining an MSc in Environment, Science and Society, and commencing her doctoral research in 2009. Her PhD is concerned with young people's capacity to be agents of change for sustainability, and her geographical research interests include social, cultural, environmental and youth geographies.

Rebecca has taught on undergraduate courses in historical and cultural geography, and postgraduate courses in sustainable development and sustainable consumption. She joined the Centre in September 2012 as maternity cover for Jo Norcup.

Mathematics Tutor - Dr Amelie Berger


Dr Amelie Berger is teaching the mathematics module of the UPCH course, having previously taught on UPCSE too. She obtained her undergraduate mathematics degrees at The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, before doing postgraduate studies at Ohio State University in the USA, where she also taught. She eventually returned to South Africa and became a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg before moving to England in 2002. Her specialist topic is graph theory.

In England she taught A-level mathematics and further mathematics and obtained a PGCE before coming to UCL.

Modern European Culture Tutor - Dr Matthew Ingleby


Before joining the Centre, Dr Ingleby taught and examined for UCL's English department; he has also contributed to the organisation and teaching of its Summer School, which provides a taster of university education for schoolchildren from the Greater London area.

Dr Ingleby studied English Literature at Madgalen College, University of Oxford as an Undergraduate and Masters student, for both of which degrees he was awarded a Distinction. He then obtained his PhD from UCL's English department, where he participated in the Bloomsbury Project, a large-scale cross-disciplinary investigation into the intellectual and cultural history of London's West Central district in the 1800s, funded by the Leverhulme:


His thesis addressed the role of fiction in the production of this metropolitan locality.

Modern European History & Politics Tutor - Will Richards

William Richards

Will Richards studied History at Cambridge University where he was awarded both a BA and MA. In 2013 he completed a second masters degree in European History at Birkbeck College, London, in which he was awarded distinctions both overall and for his dissertation.

Will is also a trained English language teacher. He was awarded a Trinity Diploma in 2003, gaining a distinction in the teaching component. He has worked as a teacher and examiner in Taiwan, Brazil, Spain and Italy, and has more than fifteen years teaching experience with non-native English users. He also spent two years as a journalist.

Will is now beginning his seventh year on the UPC course.

Academic English Co-ordinator - Martin Hall


Martin Hall studied Philosophy and Politics at the Polytechnic of North London. After qualifying to teach English, he went on to complete a Trinity Diploma in TESOL and an MA in English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics at King’s College London. Martin has over twenty years teaching experience both in the UK and abroad, having worked as a teacher and teacher trainer before moving into academic management. He managed language schools and ESOL provision before joining UCL, where he has coordinated English for Academic Purposes programmes since 2006.

Academic Research Methods Co-ordinator - Helen Slater


Helen Slater studied English Literature at Leeds Metropolitan University where she was awarded a BA in 2001. As a postgraduate she obtained an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck. She went on to teach English to foreign language students after receiving her CELTA in 2002.

Helen joined the Centre in 2006 after completing her DELTA at King’s College London. She has taught English for Academic Purposes on the UPC course for 6 years before becoming the Co-ordinator for Culture Theory and Academic research methods. Society.

Academic Research Methods Co-ordinator - Sharon Pheasant


Sharon Pheasant studied literature and cultural studies and obtained a BA in American Studies at Canterbury University in New Zealand in 1997. After qualifying to teach English, she taught on a range of courses including Business English, General English, Academic English and IELTS. She came to the UK in 2002 where she continued to pursue her career in English language teaching, gaining further experience assisting to prepare overseas doctors and nurses for work in the UK as well as teaching the Pre-sessional Course at Newcastle University.

Sharon completed her DELTA at UCL in 2007 and joined the UPC team in the same year. She has held the position of acting EAP and Science and Society coordinator twice during that time and was appointed as the UPC Senior Tutor in 2009.

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