Dr Peter Claus
At Pembroke, Dr Claus is chiefly responsible as Access Fellow for a professional network of universities, schools and third-sector organisations that encourage pupils from challenging socio-economic circumstances to enter Oxford and other competitive universities.
As a former mature student, Dr Claus has a particular interest in pioneering teaching strategies that enthuse students from non-traditional backgrounds, international students or students from cultural or ethnic minorities. He has taught courses at every level, from school students to postgraduate.
OxNet Administrator and Co-ordinator, Pembroke College
Felix is the liaison between Coordinators, Pembroke College and the University of Oxford. He oversees the organisation and planning of all OxNet programmes, as well as acting as a first point of contact for academics and administrative staff involved in the delivery of OxNet courses. He is also the regional Co-ordinator for the North West Centre for Languages and Cultures atPriestley College.
Felix attended a large state school in Nottingham before studying French with Italian and European Studies at the University of Bath. He then completed a PGCE at the University of Oxford and taught in the state sector for five years, two of which were spent as Head of Department. He also has an MA in Translation from the University of Surrey and works as a literary translator in his spare time. He researches contemporary female narratives in Francophone literature, postcolonial Francophone film and the relationship between catharsis and the visual arts, with a particular focus on the works of Marcel Proust and Nancy Huston.
Fiona is responsible for Coordinating OxNet activities across Cheshire and Warrington. This involves recruiting pupils to three programmes: Pembroke North Humanities; The Goldsmiths' Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions; and The North West Science Network.
Fiona is an a alumna of the Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in Human Geography and Outdoor Education Studies in 2012. She also has a Master of Research degree in Social Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Cheshire College South & West (Crewe Campus)
Rebecca is the OxNet Coordinator responsible for the Goldsmiths' Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions, based at Ashton Sixth Form College, Tameside.
At Ashton Sixth Form College, Rebecca manages the Realising Aspirations programmes, which are modelled on the OxNet system of sustained academic engagement. They offer a series of lectures, seminars and workshops led by visiting academics, information and guidance events and university visits across 17 wide-ranging programme strands.
Rebecca attended the University of Glasgow, graduating in English Literature in 2016. She also has a Masters degree in English from the University of Leeds.
Ashton Sixth Form College
Hollie is responsible for coordinating OxNet activities across the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and the City of Westminster. This involves recruiting pupils to two programmes: OxNet Humanities and the London Centre for Languages and Cultures.
The London Centre for Languages and Cultures (LCLC) is a collaborative project between Pembroke, the Open University, and various partner universities such as King’s College London. It seeks to boost state school participation in languages degrees at university.
Hollie is a Pembroke alumnus, graduating in Modern History in 2018. She also has a Masters degree in History from the University of Manchester.
Claire is the co-ordinator for the OxNet North East hub based in Sunderland, as well as being the Raising Aspirations Co-ordinator for Southmoor Academy.
Whilst studying History at Durham University, Claire became particularly interested in educational disadvantage and social mobility through her role as a Durham Student Ambassador. She has since completed a Masters in Education, specialising in coastal isolation and access to HE, and is also a qualified History Teacher.
Chris is the coordinator of the Pembroke Youth Scholars' programme, hosted at Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale and responsible for academic enrichment events, that support students from Rochdale, Bury and Bolton.
This Programme, the latest addition to the Oxnet family, aims to develop academic confidence in students, from year 7 to year 11, through weekly and half-termly activities. It also aims to support parents and carers, who have little or no experience of higher education, through a series of information, advice and guidance events.
An alumnus of The Institute of Education, UCL, Chris has over thirty years of experience, teaching in the state sector. He has led whole school and borough-wide initiatives, in collaboration with Russell Group institutions, to support academically-able students, from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is the theme of his ongoing PhD research.