The Tutorial Office

The Tutorial Office is responsible for the personal and academic welfare of all undergraduates at Churchill. It’s role is similar what is often called the ‘Student Support Office’ in schools and at other Universities.

The Tutorial Office is usually open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, some members of our team are part-time.

You can contact us about matters such as:

  • Matriculation and Graduation
  • Freshers’ Week
  • Exams – including enrolment, special conditions, candidate numbers
  • Letters – Student Status, Transcripts, Council Tax Exemptions, Opening bank accounts
  • Welfare Issues: the Tutorial Office allocates pastoral Tutors to each student
  • Bursaries and Scholarships

Churchill College Tutors

Each undergraduate at Churchill has a personal Tutor whose job it is to keep an eye on how you are doing.

Like your Director of Studies (DoS), he or she will meet you at the beginning and end of each term to check that everything is OK, though you can contact your Tutor at any time if any particular issues are bothering you. They should be your first point of contact for any matter concerning yourself and the College, or for advice or help on any personal or financial matter.

 

Churchill’s Undergraduate Tutors

Meet the Tutorial Office Team

Stephanie Cook

Tutorial Officer

Year joined: 2003

Position: Tutorial Officer

Department: Tutorial Office

Email address:  stephanie.cook@chu.cam.ac.uk

Steph particularly deals with matters relating to:

  • Immigration (& PBI monitoring)
  • Tutor & DoS meeting arrangements
  • Student record updates (incl CamSIS)
  • Musical instrument and Music bursary administration
  • Accommodation
  • Graduation.

Email Steph

Louise Ranger

Tutorial Officer

Year joined: 2018

Position: Tutorial Officer

Department: Tutorial Office

Email address: louise.ranger@chu.cam.ac.uk

Louise particularly deals with matters relating to:

  • Freshers’ week
  • Progress tests
  • Exams and Access Arrangements
  • Bursaries and Scholarships
  • Supervision (CamCors) administration
  • Intermissions

Email Louise

Sharon Knight

Tutorial & Postgraduate Admissions Officer

Year joined: 2008

Position: Tutorial & Postgraduate Admissions Officer

Department: Tutorial Office

Email address: sharon.knight@chu.cam.ac.uk

Email Sharon

Sarah Partridge

Tutorial Assistant

Year joined: 2021

Position: Tutorial Assistant

Department: Tutorial Office

Email address: Tutorial.Assistant@chu.cam.ac.uk

Email Sarah

Dr Rita Monson

Senior Tutor

Year joined: 2007

Position: Senior Tutor

Subject: Biochemistry

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Email address: senior.tutor@chu.cam.ac.uk

 

Biography

Dr Rita Monson is the Director of Studies for Natural Sciences, Part IB and Part II. She organises all the supervisions for students in these years. Dr Monson also supervises IA Biology of Cells and IA Mathematical Biology.

Email Rita

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Dr Sally Boss

Deputy Senior Tutor

Year started: 2006

Position: Deputy Senior Tutor

Subject: Chemistry

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

 

Biography

Dr Sally Boss is a Teaching Fellow in Inorganic Chemistry for the Department of Chemistry and teaches a summer course at the Institute of Continuing Education in Madingley.

Her teaching duties include lecturing, demonstrating in the practical classes and small group tutorials for chemistry students from all four years of the Undergraduate Natural Sciences degree.  She encourages students to think laterally about the subject and to make connections between topics through collaborative discussion and linking theoretical chemistry work to practical sessions.

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Dr John Fawcett

Tutor

Subject: Computer Science

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2003

 

Biography

Dr John Fawcett, as Director of Studies, arranges Computer Science supervisions, co-ordinates the College’s talks and discussion evenings, and runs the programming challenges and puzzles. Dr Fawcett also helps students arrange summer internships, apply for postgraduate research funding, and find jobs after graduation. He does a substantial amount of teaching in the first and second years of the Tripos.

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Professor Mark Holmes

Tutor

Subject: Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2014

 

Biography

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Mark Holmes leads a research group whose current focus of research follows their discovery of a new livestock-associated MRSA harbouring a mecA homologue (now named mecC). He is also part of a collaboration developing new evidence-based animal welfare indicators to provide a better understanding of the impact of diseases in sheep on animal welfare. Mark also has interests in clinical research (including animal welfare) and evidence-based veterinary medicine and has published a number of papers and books in these areas.

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Dr Nigel Knight

Tutor

Subject: Economics

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2008

 

Biography

Nigel Knight is a lecturer in British Government to the Faculty of Economics and is Director of Studies in Economics and a Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge. He has been a lecturer in Economics at Cambridge since 1996, and formerly taught at the University of Oxford. He has worked in national politics with both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, advising and writing economic policy. His research interests are principally in the area of political economy. He has published a political & economic history of Britain since the Second World War and a significant work on Winston Churchill.

He is currently writing in the fields of both Macroeconomics and the History of Economic Thought, where he is concentrating on the provenance of Classical economic theory. His next project is an economic analysis of the UK’s post-war tactical and strategic nuclear missile programmes and their effects upon the trajectory of the UK’s macroeconomy.

Dr Jon Ludlam

Tutor

Subject: Mathematics

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2006

Dr Jonathan Padley

Tutor and Admissions Tutor

Subject: Education

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year joined: 2011

Position: Admissions Tutor and Tutor

 

Biography

Jonathan Padley is a researcher in English children’s literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. His work explores margins; in particular, the marginalisation of authors, characters, and texts. His PhD argued that the child protagonists of children’s literature can be understood, etymologically and theoretically, as monsters. He serves on the Editorial Board of ‘Children’s Literature in Education’ and regularly peer-reviews for journals in the field.

In addition to children’s literature, Jonathan is interested in interdisciplinary dialogues between literature, media, music, science, and theology. He has published broadly, including on transgressive creation in Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, bibliographical anomaly in Tennyson’s ‘English Idyls’, and Christological imaging in Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythos.

As one of Churchill’s Admissions Tutors, Jonathan is responsible for undergraduate admissions and recruitment to the College. He is also a College Tutor; Director of Studies in Education at Lucy Cavendish, Newnham, and St Edmund’s; an Honorary Member of the English Faculty; and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, where he supervises undergraduates in children’s literature. Jonathan is Chair of the University’s Schools Liaison Officers’ Group, a Trustee of the Chapel at Churchill College, and a member of numerous College and University committees. In 2020, he was the Admissions Forum representative to the University’s Strategic Review of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach. Previously, Jonathan has been an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University, and a Lecturer and Tutor at Gorseinon College and Coleg Sir Gâr.

Alongside academic work, Jonathan is committed to widening participation in higher education and is the University’s Area Link representative to his native South Wales. From 2013 to 2015, he was seconded to the Welsh Government to co-lead the research and policy implementation which gave rise to Wales’ Seren Network, to which he still regularly contributes.

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Dr Andrew Taylor

Tutor

Subject: English

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2006

 

Biography

Dr Andrew Taylor is a Teaching and Administrative Fellow at Churchill.

As Director of Studies, I oversee the teaching arrangements for both Part I and Part II of the Tripos for students reading English at Churchill College. Before coming to Churchill in 2006, I undertook my doctoral work at Trinity College, Cambridge, where I was subsequently a Junior Research Fellowship, then Lecturer and Director of Studies.

My teaching for Part I lies broadly in English renaissance literature, Shakespeare, and aspects of late-medieval writing. At Part II, I handle the papers in Tragedy and Early Modern Drama. My research explores several related strands of Renaissance humanism, with particular interests in literary and cultural translation, both into and out of ‘learned’ languages, and in confessional identity in the early Reformation. I have written on, among others, More, Wyatt, Surrey, Leland, Nicolas Bourbon, Bale, and the English humanist scholars John Cheke and John Christopherson, as well as the scholarly printed book and biblical interpretation. Recent work has explored negotiations in print between French neo-Latin and vernacular poets in 1530s and 1540s, and the Venetian scribal transmission of the Greek Fathers. I am currently writing on More’s Utopia for the Oxford Handbook, Cheke’s Latin version of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI’s Taktika, and preparing, with Sarah Brown, the second volume of the MHRA Ovid in English 1480-1625 (Heroides and Tristia).

With Tania Demetriou, I convene the Neo-Latin Seminar in the Faculty of English, and, with the late Philip Ford, organized the seminar and conferences at Cambridge under the aegis of the Cambridge Society of Neo-Latin Studies. A recent CSNLS conference addressed ‘Neo-Latin Literary Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1520-1670’ (September 2017), and a workshop ‘Classical Tragedy Translated in Early Modern England’ (May 2019). A conference on ‘Baroque Latinity’ is planned for September 2020.

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Dr Sonja Dunbar

Tutor

Subject: Plant Sciences

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2016

 

Biography

Dr Sonja Dunbar studied for a BA in Natural Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge, graduating in 2010 with a specialism in Plant Sciences. Following an MRes in Biochemical Research at Imperial College London, Sonja returned to Cambridge to undertake a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology under the supervision of Dr. Laura Itzhaki. Her PhD investigated the intrinsically disordered protein binding partners of beta-catenin using biophysical methods.

Returning to her plant science roots, Sonja has taught Part IB Plant and Microbial Sciences since her return to Cambridge in 2012 and also contributes to Part IA Biology teaching for Churchill College. She now works in the Department of Plant Sciences creating and delivering teaching resources, for which she was awarded a Pilkington Prize in 2019. When not in the lab or teaching, Sonja enjoys boardgames, gardening and science outreach.

Mr Barry Phipps

Tutor

Subject: History of Art

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2008

 

Biography

Barry Phipps is a Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in the History of Art at Churchill College. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of the History of Art and Director of Studies in the History of Art at Fitzwilliam College, Hughes Hall and Selwyn College.

Barry specialises in modern and contemporary art in relation to the sciences. He has a further research interest in the relationship between art and diplomacy. His academic background is rooted in Fine Art as an undergraduate and lecturer, with research degrees in Continental Philosophy (Warwick), History of Art (Oxford) and the History and Philosophy of Architecture (Cambridge).

He is Curator of Art and Science at the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, Director of Visual Art at the Møller Institute, as well as Curator of Works of Art and Keeper of the Plate at Churchill College.

Barry was the first Interdisciplinary Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, where he conceived and organised a number of inter-disciplinary exhibitions, including Lines of Enquiry: Thinking Through Drawing and Beyond Measure: Conversations across Art and Science. He continues to curate shows by leading artists across galleries, museums and science institutions, for example, Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Figures at the Science Museum and Royal Society, London. Barry has also developed international artist associate schemes, bringing artists and scientists together to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects.

He is also currently working on a major architectural project with Assemble, who won the Turner Prize in 2015.

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Dr Kotryna Bloznelyte

Tutorial

Subject: Biochemistry

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2019

 

Biography

Dr Kotryna Bloznelyte is a researcher at the Department of Biochemistry. She works on protein structure determination, and is particularly interested in using cryo electron microscopy to determine the structures of multi-subunit complexes involved in the regulation of gene expression.

Kotryna received her BA and MSci in Natural Sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a PhD at Imperial College London. Her thesis focused on chromatin structure and the protein-DNA interactions that bring about DNA loop formation.

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Dr Jerry Toner

Tutor

Subject: Classics

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2013

 

Biography

Dr Jerry Toner is the Director of Studies in Classics at Churchill and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Classics Faculty.

His research looks at Roman cultural history, with a focus on history “from below”. There have been thirty-one translations of his books into fifteen languages: Chinese (4), Dutch (2), Estonian, French (2), Greek (2), Italian (2), Japanese (2), Korean, Polish, Russian (3), Spanish (4), Taiwanese (2), Thai, Turkish (2), and Ukrainian (2).

His favourite research areas include popular culture, leisure, the (mis-)use of Classics to create various imagery and stereotypes relating to subordinate groups, disasters, the senses in Roman history, mental health and risk. An important part of his work is trying to popularise Classics and Ancient History and he has written several accessible and introductory books.

After completing his PhD in Classics at Cambridge, he spent 12 years as a Fund Manager in the City of London, where he managed US$15bln in global bond, currency and asset allocation funds, before returning to the ancient world in 2006. He sits on the College’s investment committee as well as acting as an external member of the Hughes Hall investment committee.

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Dr Christopher Braithwaite

Finance Tutor

Subject: Physics

Fellow type: Lecturers, Professors and College Officers

Year started: 2017

 

Biography

Dr Chris Braithwaite was born and raised in Southport and attended Christ the King RC High School. In 2000 he began a 4 year course in Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge and completed two projects in the SMF group. The first of these was a research review on the use of image correlation techniques for measuring internal displacement fields. The second was a Part III project looking at the use of digital image correlation in mapping the deformation of projectiles undergoing the classic Taylor Test.

After graduating in 2004 he began a PhD in the SMF group sponsored by De Beers and Rio Tinto to look at the shock properties of geological materials. While this was laboratory based, the research output fed directly into a large scale modelling effort being run by a number of the world’s largest mining concerns. After graduating again in 2009 he began work as a research associate in the group, investigating a wide range of phenomena. He was appointed to an Early Career Lectureship in 2016 and currently teaches in the undergraduate practical classes for 1st and 2nd year students.