oxnet staff & hubs
Dr Peter Claus
At Pembroke College, Oxford, 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 Coordinator for Warrington (Priestley 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.
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.
OxNet has five Hub schools across London, the North-West, and the North-East of England.
OxNet Coordinators are based at each Hub school.
Tameside, Ashton Sixth Form College
Alex 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, Alex 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 15 wide-ranging programme strands.
In Year 12, Alex participated in OxNet's Philosophy and World Religions programme. She went on to study at the University of Leeds, graduating with a degree in Theology & Religious Studies in 2019.
Warrington - Priestley College
Connie is the OxNet Coordinator based at Priestley College, Warrington where she is also responsible for the coordination of the North West Centre for Languages and Cultures. This is a collaborative project between Pembroke, the Open University, and various partner universities such as Lancaster University. It seeks to boost state school participation in languages degrees at university.
At Priestley, Connie oversees the 'Graduate' high achievers programme. This takes much of its inspiration from the academic rigor of OxNet, using undergraduate-style teaching to improve academic literacy.
Connie is an alumnus of University College, Oxford after graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in June 2021. She is broadly passionate about political theory, with her interests ranging from critical pedagogy to utopian socialism.
Chesire - Chesire College South and West Crewe Campus
Christine is responsible for coordinating OxNet activity in Cheshire, and is the Cheshire hub coordinator for the North West Science Network. She is also the Futures Coordinator for Cheshire College South and West.
Christine has a background in outreach education, specialising in the arts. She graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2013, before attending King’s College London to study for a Masters in Education in Arts & Cultural Settings, graduating in 2016.
Sunderland - Southmoor Academy
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.
Rochdale, Bury and Bolton - Hollingworth Academy
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.
London - Westminster Academy
Finn is the OxNet Coordinator for London, working in the sixth form at Westminster Academy. He is also the coordinator for the London Centre for Languages and Culture, which focuses on fostering engagement with the study of languages amongst state school students, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Queen Mary’s.
At Westminster Academy, Finn manages a series of programmes, such as the weekly Dare to Know lecture series, wherein each week an academic delivers a lecture on their chosen research. These give students a chance to begin to grapple with undergraduate ideas and arguments, tying into OxNet’s focus on encouraging academic participation amongst students, as well as a more holistic approach to education.
Finn attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied History, graduating in 2021.