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UPCH Tutors

On this page, you’ll find out more about our Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Humanities (UPCH) tutors.


Dr Luke Seaber

UPCH Course Coordinator & Modern European Culture Tutor

Dr Luke Seaber has a Bachelor's degree in French and Arabic from the University of Oxford. His PhD is in English from the University of Turin. He has eight years’ teaching experience in various universities across Italy. He was a Marie Curie research fellow in the English Department for two years. Dr Seaber became the UPCH Modern European Culture tutor in 2014.

He has written various books, articles and chapters on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature. His two most recent books are as co-editor of Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain (with Michael McCluskey) and The 1930s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (with Nick Hubble and Elinor Taylor). 

He is Co-President (2023-26) of The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, an international scholarly society for the study of literature and culture of the period between the First and Second World Wars.

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Raphaela Armbruster

Admissions Coordinator

Raphaela Armbruster majored in Modern Literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, France. As a postgraduate, she studied at the Sorbonne University. She has three Master's degrees. She has a Master of Arts degree in French poetry and another in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy. Her Master of Philosophy degree is in Sociolinguistics.

She moved to the UK in 2007 and taught the Modern European Culture subject on the UPCH programme.

She is now the Coordinator of Admissions on the UPC. She also coordinates the Bowman Scholarship for Forced Migrants, which was shortlisted in December 2022 for a UCL Widening Participation Community of Practice Award, and the Telles Scholarship for the UPC, which launched in November 2022.

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Dr James R Cross

Classical Civilisation: Literature, Philosophy and Politics Tutor

Dr James R Cross has a PhD in Classics from King’s College London and a post-compulsory PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education. He has over five years’ experience of teaching on the UPCH.

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Dr Amelie Berger

Mathematics Tutor

Dr Amelie Berger teaches the Mathematics subject on the UPCH course. She taught on UPCSE prior to this. She studied Mathematics at The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her postgraduate studies took her to Ohio State University in the USA, where she also taught. She later returned to South Africa, becoming a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. She then moved to England in 2002. She taught A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, obtaining a PGCE before coming to UCL. Her specialist topic is graph theory.

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Dr Nalini Vittal

Economics Tutor

Dr Nalini Vittal has been with UPCH since inception. She is proud her students qualify for the best Economics (and other) degrees in the UK. She trained in India and the UK. She has taught in Cambodia, India and Kazakhstan. Her main interest is in economic development. She helped establish the UPC programme on the Astana campus. This was with UCL's partner, Nazarbayev University, from 2010-2015.

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Will Richards

Modern European History and Politics Tutor

Will Richards has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in History from Cambridge University. In 2013, he completed a second MA in European History at Birkbeck College, London. Will began working at UCL in 2006. He has been the course leader for Modern European History and Politics since 2010.

Will is also a trained English language teacher. He was awarded a Trinity Diploma in 2003. He has worked as a teacher and examiner in Taiwan, Brazil, Spain and Italy.

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Dr Katherine Stansfeld

Geography and the Built Environment Tutor

Dr Katherine Stansfeld joined UPCH in 2022. She completed her PhD in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and a ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London, where she is now an Honorary Research Fellow. 

Her research investigates the everyday ways humans and more-than-humas live together in cities. She is interested in exploring the potential of creative research methods and community participation to explore challenges related to urban co-existence. She also works as a Research and Higher Education Specialist for London Development Trust, a charitable trust and consultancy that specialises in supporting sustainable communities.

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