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OSS Team

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Dr Moira Donald - Acting Head of OSS

BA PhD History, University of Leeds BA Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Former fellow, Oxford and Senior Lecturer, Exeter

Moira has BA degrees in History and Russian Studies from the University of Leeds and in Experimental Psychology from Oxford. She has a PhD in the history of the European socialist movement and was a Fellow in Modern History at Lincoln College Oxford and Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter. She has published widely in English and European history and has also written a series of A-level psychology textbooks. Moira currently researches English Renaissance literary figures and has recently been invited to give papers on Sir Philip Sidney at NYU and Kalamazoo.

Dr Emanuele Prezioso -Assistant to the Acting Head of OSS

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DPhil in cognitive archaeology, Keble College Oxford

BA/MA, University of Ca'Foscari, Italy

Emanuele earned his BA and MA from the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice and furthered his academic journey by completing his DPhil in Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Oxford (Keble College). He has also served as a tutor for undergraduate students, as a lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology, and as Junior Dean and Welfare Officer. Emanuele has published several papers and was awarded various scholarships and grants from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the British School at Athens for his studies on memory and material culture.

OSS Tutors

Dr Lucy Baehren 

Lucy studied at the University of Cambridge for her undergraduate degree in HSPS (Biological Anthropology), achieving a first-class result. Lucy holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, focusing on human behaviour using a comparative method. Lucy has also tutored on the Human Sciences BA degree Specifically, she teaches topics on human evolution, behavioural evolution/human behaviour and comparative primatology.

Dr Patrick Burley

Patrick holds a BA from the University of Bristol. an MSt in English from the University of Oxford and a DPhil in English from University College, Oxford. His thesis on post-war British fiction was shortlisted for the 2020 Swapna Dev Memorial Book Prize for best doctoral thesis in English Literature at the University of Oxford. Patrick has taught several undergraduate courses during his time at Oxford.

Dr Andrea Giusti

Andrea is a Lecturer in Thermofluids in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London. He graduated BSc and PhD from the University of Florence, Italy. Andrea also supervises students at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics. 

Brenna Salkin

Brenna holds a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences and an MPhil in Politics and International Studies, both from the University of Cambridge.  Brenna mentors students applying to university and also volunteers for SecurityWomen, a small NGO working to promote women's inclusion in peacekeeping operations. Brenna worked previously worked as the International Relations' Managing Editor for the Cambridge Journal of Political Affairs.

Dr George Zivkos

George is a lecturer in Economics at the University of Leeds,  primarily teaching on the BSc Business Management course.  George holds a BA in Economics from the University of Thessaly; a Diploma in Music Performance (piano) from the Hellenic Conservatory; and an MA in Culture, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Leeds. His PhD, also from Leeds, explored discourses of sustainability within the music industry.

Dr Aida Gohlamadi

Aida is a qualified doctor pursuing a career in neurosurgery. Aida studied classics at the prestigious Lyceum Classicum Vittorio Alfieri di Torino (Italy) in 2013 before obtaining a BSc Medical Sciences from Queen Mary, London, followed by a degree in Medicine at Imperial College, London. Aida has researched at the Francis Crick Institute and at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery.

Helen Grassly

Helen is a director of London-based architecture and urban design company Burrell, Foley Fischer. Helen graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Architecture and a DipArch and is a member of both the UK professional architecture societies.  Helen has worked on several important projects, most recently on multi-award-winning projects Depot Lewes, a new three-screen community cinema and the remodelling of Hall for Cornwall, a Grade II* theatre and creative hub. 

Patrick Hao

Patrick obtained his B.A. in History with First-Class Honours from Somerville College, University of Oxford. His undergraduate thesis won the Robert Herbert Memorial Prize, awarded by the Faculty of History at Oxford for the best undergraduate thesis in Imperial and Commonwealth History. Subsequently, he obtained his MPhil in International Relations with Distinction at Somerville College, University of Oxford.  Patrick is currently studying for a DPhil in Imperial and Commonwealth history at Oxford, focusing primarily on twentieth-century Sino-British relations.

Alexander Siantonas

Alexander holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology and a BPhil in Philosophy, both from Oriel College, Oxford. He has completed a PhD in philosophy of language from the University of Leeds and is currently a visiting professor at Ashoka University in Delhi. Alexander’s lecturing there focuses on logic and epistemology.

Alison Nicoll

Alison holds a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Population Health from University College, London. Alison currently divides her time between tutoring/mentoring  and studying for a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health at University College, London. Alison is particularly interested in the effects of environment on health.

Suraj Nair

Suraj graduated with a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University, ranking top of his cohort. He holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and has also studied Economics at the University of Cambridge. Suraj is currently pursuing a PhD in International Development at SOAS, London, where he also tutors undergraduates. His research is situated in the political economy of development in South-East Asia.

Hannah Roberts

Hannah graduated from Pembroke College, University of Oxford with an MChem in Chemistry. She is currently based in London but grew up in Cardiff where she attended a Welsh-medium state secondary school. At Oxford, Hannah was a committee member of Oxford’s OxWEST society (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science and Technology), a society that promotes gender equality and supports women studying or working in STEM fields.

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