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UPCH tutors

UPCH Admissions Tutor - Raphaela Armbruster

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Raphaela Armbruster studied in France at the Ecole Normale Supérieure where she majored in Modern Literature. As a postgraduate, she obtained an MA in French poetry, followed by an MA in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy and an MPhil in Sociolinguistics at the Sorbonne University. Her research was focused on measuring the outcomes of the institutionalisation of bilingual education in private and public secondary schools. She moved to the UK in 2007 and taught the Modern European Culture module on the UPCH programme and later became the Course Coordinator. She is now the course Admissions Tutor. Her ongoing interests include access to higher education and the internationalisation of education. She is involved in UCL's research network Refuge in the Moving World which seeks to promote access to education for people from forced migration.
UPCH Course Co-ordinator and Geography and the Built Environment Tutor - Dr Daniel Kilburn
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Dr Daniel Kilburn is a Human Geographer with a specialism in urban neighbourhoods, housing, and social research methods. He joined the UPCH programme in 2014, following a research fellowship at the National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton. Dr Kilburn previously lectured and taught classes on social, economic, and political geography at the London School of Economics (where he also completed his PhD). He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is an Associate Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.


His research interests focus on the influence of housing policy and urban development on social relations within city neighbourhoods. He also specialises on the teaching and learning of social research methods within higher education. He publishes in both fields and has presented research at international conferences in the UK and Australia. More details can be found here: https://ucl.academia.edu/DanielKilburn

Classical Civilisation Tutor - Dr James R Cross

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Dr James R Cross has a BA in English Literature from UCL, an MA in Classical Civilisation from Birkbeck, University of London and a PhD in Classics from King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Post-compulsory PGCE.

James has taught Classics on the UPCH since 2012 and has published the following book: Hippocratic Oratory: the poetics of early Greek medical prose. (2018) London: Routledge.

He has recently completed a Diploma in the History of Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries, London, and currently works as a volunteer for a mental health charity, alongside his teaching role at UCL.


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 was Nazarbayev University from 2010-2015.
Mathematics Tutor - Dr Amelie Berger

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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 Luke Seaber
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Luke Seaber has a BA in French and Arabic from the University of Oxford and a PhD in English from the University of Turin.  He taught for eight years in various universities in Italy before moving to UCL, and was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the English Department for two years before becoming the UPCH Modern European Culture tutor in 2014.  He is the author of various articles and chapters on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, and his most recent book is Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature: Certainties in Degradation.  He is currently working on the early stages of a project on the role of allusion in twentieth-century literature.


Modern European History & Politics Tutor - Will Richards

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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 around twenty years teaching experience with non-native English users.

Academic English Co-ordinator - Martin Hall

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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.


UPCSE tutors

UPCSE Admissions Tutor - Dr Peter Bowman

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Dr Peter Bowman read chemistry at Oriel College Oxford and continued his studies there to obtain a D. Phil., researching into chemical carcinogens. After receiving a PGCE at the Institute of Education, London, he spent over twenty years teaching science in London schools and colleges and preparing students for university entrance before joining the UPCSE team as Lecturer in Chemistry. He now has the role of UPCSE Admissions Tutor.
UPCSE Course Co-ordinator and Biology Tutor - Karen Keenan

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Karen Keenan studied at the Royal Holloway University of London. After achieving a first class degree in Biology, she entered teaching, gaining a PGCE at Reading University. Following three years as a teacher she became Head of Biology in a comprehensive UK school, later working in a number of international institutions developing Science teaching and learning. She is currently an Examiner of Biology for the Edexcel exam board.
Chemistry Co-ordinator - Dr Aga Kosinska

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Dr Aga Kosinska is a Senior Chemistry Teaching Fellow and the Chemistry Coordinator on the UPCSE, where she shares her innovative learning and teaching approaches with international students. Aga has an MSc engineer degree in Chemical Technology from the Gdansk University of Technology in Poland and an MSc degree in Analytical Chemistry from University of San Francisco. She received her PhD in Medicinal and Organic Chemistry from the University of St Andrews. In 2010, she started working as a Chemistry Teaching Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Preparatory Studies in Astana, Kazakhstan. Returning to the UK, she worked as a Lecturer in Extended Science at Plymouth University, where she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and became a Fellow of HEA.

Chemistry Tutor - Dr Deborah Gater

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Dr Deborah Gater currently teaches on the UPCSE Chemistry module. She studied at Imperial College London, from where she obtained an MSc in Chemistry, an MRes in Protein and Membrane Chemical Biology and a PhD in Chemistry. She has worked as a journal editor in London and a post-doctoral researcher in Toulouse, and has more than 5 years’ experience teaching undergraduate chemistry in the United Arab Emirates. Her research interests are in chemical education, solid-state NMR and membrane biophysics. 
Mathematics Co-ordinator - Dr Ramesh Satkurunath

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Dr Ramesh Satkurunath currently teaches on the UPCSE Maths module, having previously taught the UPCH Maths module, and is the coordinator for Maths on the UPC. He studied Mathematics with the Philosophy of Mathematics at King's College London for his first degree.  He then volunteered for Oxfam for a year before starting his Ph.D. in Homological Algebra at the University of Southampton.  After completing his Ph.D. he spent a year tutoring, before coming to London and starting work for UCL.
Mathematics Tutor - Dr. Chris Fenwick


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Dr Chris Fenwick obtained his first degree in Mathematics and Computing before being awarded a Master’s degree in Numerical Analysis from Brunel University and a Master’s in Space Science from UCL. His Ph.D. in mathematics education was awarded by Brunel University. He has over 11 years experience in the support and delivery of subjects relating to mathematics and computing.
Mathematics Tutor - Rena Sherman

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Rena Sherman has taught mathematics in both the UPCH and UPCSE programmes since 2007. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1977, majoring in mathematics. She taught in high schools, wrote for a distance education college, and taught mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand for 10 years. She was an election officer in the country's first democratic elections and a peace monitor during the difficult transition phase.
Physics Tutor - Dr Ioannis Koutsonas

Dr Ioannis Koutsonas formative education is in Physics with Astrophysics (B.Sc. Hons - University of Birmingham) and in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces (M.Sc - Imperial College London). He conducted research in Nanotechnology and Micro-devices at the University of Birmingham from where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2009. Dr Koutsonas has taught Physics and Engineering for over ten years, in various contexts and levels at the Universities of Birmingham, Queen Mary University as well as a number of six form colleges. He has been a lecturer in Physics at the UPCSE program since 2010. His research interests fall in the frame of Particle Theory, Cosmology and up to date applications of Nanotechnology.
Physics Co-ordinator - Vincent Gimbert

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Vincent Gimbert graduated with a Master’s degree in physics and engineering from Grenoble INP and Imperial College London, specialising in nanophysics and climate physics research. He later obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from UCL. Vincent taught mathematics and physics at secondary and undergraduate level before joining the UPCSE team in 2010.
Academic English Co-ordinator - Martin Hall

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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 managed English for Academic Purposes programmes since 2006.