Meet our staff team
Director: Zoe tyndall
Zoe graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford in 2010, and worked with a team of other recent Oxford graduates to set up Oxbridge International Summer School the same year.
Whilst remaining a non-executive Director of the organisation, she went on to develop a career in strategic communications, and in social finance, working for Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus.
Zoe returned to the summer school full-time in December 2016, and has been serving as Executive Director since. Zoe is passionate about supporting all young people to fulfill their potential. Outside of the Oxbridge International Summer School, she is a Trustee for Seenaryo - using the power of arts education to support young Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon; and The Advocacy Academy - training young people in South London to develop as political campaigners. She also heads the Oxbridge International Summer School's sister social enterprise, OxFizz, reinvesting our profits into educational programmes in the UK.
In Oxford, ask Zoe to: Take you on guided tours of Magdalen, Oxford’s most beautiful college! You can even meet the college’s own private herd of deer
Parents and students liaison: Bronte Cook
Bronte studied Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge and works with Oliver as an Oxbridge International Summer School and Parent Liaison.
She continued onto postgraduate study in Mental Health Ethics and Law and has been involved in campaigning for mental health charities throughout her time at university and beyond. Though she studied at Cambridge she grew up around Oxford and so is an excellent tour guide for both.
Here at Oxbridge International Summer School she is ready to answer any questions you may have about the summer school; no question is too big nor too small!
In Oxford, ask Bronte to: Show you her favourite ice cream shop G&Ds - they have amazing ice cream cookie sandwiches!
RACHAEL GRIFFITHS - PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
Rachael is the Programme Director at the Oxbridge International Summer School.
After completing her undergraduate degree at SOAS, University of London, she studied for her Masters at the University of Oxford. She is now a studying for her PhD in Tibetan History at Wolfson College, University of Oxford and has taught the history course for the last two years on our summer school.
Rachael will also be in charge of pastoral care on the summer school. She has served as Junior Dean at St Hilda's College, Oxford for the last three years,meaning she holds full responsibility for safety and wellbeing of Oxford undergraduates.
She has also worked as a ski instructor in Canada, and speaks four languages - English, French, Tibetan and Welsh! Rachel will be in charge of making a 'home away from home' for all our summer school students.
In Oxford, ask Rachael to: To talk to you about her own College, St. Hildas, and her role as Junior Dean
Summer school manager: Oliver Pateman
Oliver studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Merton College, Oxford.
He works closely with teachers and guidance counselors at our partner schools to source the highest quality applications from students from around the world to study with us, and conducts hundreds of interviews with prospective summer school students to build our global community.
Oliver will be in Oxford throughout the summer, keeping in touch with parents via regular updates, and overseeing all logistics, activities and trips to ensure everything runs like clockwork.
In Oxford, ask Oliver to: Arrange a trip to play Real Tennis at Merton College - one of only 43 courts in the world!
Staff coordinator: lee robertson
Lee is a recent graduate in Human, Social and Political Sciences from Selwyn College, Cambridge, and leads on recruitment for Oxbridge International Summer School.
His role is to recruit the highest quality Oxbridge-educated academic tutors to join our team and supports them in the design and development of their summer school courses; as well as recruiting current undergraduate students at Oxford to work as our activity co-coordinators.
In Oxford, you can meet Lee when he tutors on our popular Politics and International Relations course. He will also be leading our trip to Cambridge, giving students insider access to the university and its colleges
ALEX HO - CO-ORDINATOR
Alex studied Music at Merton College, Oxford as a choral scholar, graduating in 2016, before completing a Master’s in Music at Jesus College, Cambridge.
Alex previously worked at other summer schools in Oxford, and as the administrator for the Cambridge Choral Experience, an open day for students from state-schools that aimed to give an insight into the choral scene at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
Alex uses his excellent knowledge of Oxford to design our summer school programme: selecting the best activities and trips, food and entertainment, and putting together our packed timetable. He liaises with students and parents and reviewing student and parent feedback to further develop our Oxford summer school programme.
In Oxford, ask Alex to: Take you on a tour of the chapels of the colleges, introducing you to the role choirs and music play in both Oxford and Cambridge