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Education and Learning

Senior Tutor's Office

Welcome to the Senior Tutor's Office. The Senior Tutor's Office has the overall responsibility for the academic arrangements and welfare of all our students as well as the Senior Tutor's Department. It is also responsible for the development of the College's strategies and policies for the teaching, learning, and support of our students. We are committed to offering our students an educational environment that allows every one of them to perform at their full potential. We are located in F7-F9 Chapel Court and you can reach us by e-mail on


Dr Annis May Timpson, Director of Education & Senior Tutor

Dr Timpson joined St John’s in 2017 with extensive experience of leading undergraduate and graduate programmes and working on international research teams. Trained at Bristol, Oxford and Toronto, Dr Timpson is a prize-winning teacher and academic author. A leading UK commentator on contemporary Canada, Annis May currently collaborates on UK and Canadian research projects concerned with leadership, Indigenous politics, and women’s activism. Her work as Director of Education & Senior Tutor is backed by highly professional teams in Admissions, the Academic Administrators, Graduate Affairs, Student Services, the Health Centre and the Senior Tutor’s Office.

Jenni Prior, Executive Assistant to the Director of Education & Senior Tutor (maternity leave)

Jenni joined the Senior Tutor's Office in 2012 from her previous position as a PA in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Addenbrooke's Hospital. She studied English Literature at Durham University before moving into various administration roles within Cambridge. Jenni’s role as the head of the Senior Tutor’s Office is to fully support and maintain the work of the Director of Education and Senior Tutor. She has two team members working for her, Emma and Katerina.

Laura Beskeen, Executive Assistant to the Director of Education & Senior Tutor (maternity cover)

Laura joined the team to cover Jenni Prior’s maternity leave. As head of the Director of Education & Senior Tutor’s Office, she supports the work of Dr Timpson along with her two team members, Emma and Katerina. Laura has moved back to Cambridge from Singapore, where she worked at the British High Commission. Before moving to Singapore, She was a Qualifications Manager at Cambridge Assessment.

Emma Clark, Senior Tutor's Administrator

Emma joined the Senior Tutor’s office in September 2014 having previously worked at the University of Manchester as a Programme Administrator. With over ten years’ experience of university administration, Emma has worked in various roles at two different universities and has, over a period of time, been involved in Admissions, Programme Support, Examinations and Assessments all the way through to Graduation. Emma has a BSc (Hons) Psychology and an MSc Management.

Katerina Marmara, Scholarship Administrator

Katerina joined St John’s College as the Scholarship Administrator in September 2015. She has studied Computer Science and has experience in both software engineering and administration roles. Her last position before moving to St John’s was in the Finance Division of the University of Cambridge. Katerina is responsible for managing, running and developing the Undergraduate Scholarships Programme.

Teaching and Directors of Studies

Directors of Studies

Every student has a Director of Studies (DoS) in their subject area. They advise students on which lectures, seminars and supervisions to attend, and they can be approached regarding reading lists, essays, supervisions or any other subject-related topic or concern.

Directors of Studies are the first port of call for any academic concerns or advice, and they will always ensure that you get the best out of your degree. You may not be taught by your DoS every year, but they will always stay in contact with you to ensure that you are making good progress.

You can find our present Directors of Studies by looking at the Subject pages here.


Whereas lectures and seminars are run by University departments, supervisions are run by the College and provide additional academic support to our students. Directors of Studies can set students up with supervisors from outside College if they require a specialist in a certain field not covered in College.

In the last academic year St John's provided over 12,000 supervision sessions, with each undergraduate receiving an average of approximately 50 hours of additional academic support.

College Teaching Associates

College Teaching Associates supplement the Fellowship, assisting in the additional teaching and academic support the College provides to its students.

Academic Administrators

Academic Administrators provide a collaborative, comprehensive, and high level subject-specific service for Directors of Studies, Tutors, and the wider teaching community. They provide a tailored service to Directors of Studies and teaching staff to assist in their College responsibilities and liaise with Tutors to support student welfare.



Every student has a Tutor, a College Fellow who looks after the general welfare of their students.

Students keep the same Tutor throughout their time in College, allowing Tutors to maintain a close interest in their students’ academic progress and welfare, offering advice and encouragement. Students meet with their Tutor once or twice each term, and weekly clinics (known as Tutorial Times) allow students to drop in to discuss any issues – so they are there if you ever have a problem.

Tutors always work in a different academic field to their students, allowing them to provide confidential advice on any problems they may be having with their studies.

Students get to know their Tutors well, and Tutors get to know their students and understand them as valued individuals.

The Director of Education and Senior Tutor

The Director of Education & Senior Tutor has overall responsibility for students’ educational needs, as well as providing advice on welfare issues.

Tutors and Tutorial Times

Please click on the name of your Tutor on the left to find out information about Tutorial Times. If you are unsure who the Tutor or Academic Administrator is then please refer to the table below.


Academic Administrator            


Dr Nicholls

Mr Malcolm Millbrook

Economics; English

Prof Woods

Mr Malcolm Millbrook

Medicine; Veterinary Medicine

Dr Colwell

Ms Fiona Hill

ASNC; Classics; Geography; Philosophy; Land Economy; Theology

Dr Robinson

Ms Fiona Hill

Archaeology; Architecture; Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Education; History of Art; Music

Dr Edgley

Ms Charlotte Whitaker

Computer Science; Mathematics

Prof Atatüre

Ms Charlotte Whitaker

History; History & Modern Languages; History & Politics; Linguistics; Modern & Medieval Languages

Prof Nì Mhaonaigh

Ms Charlotte Whitaker


Dr Watson

Mr Cei Whitehouse

Chemical Engineering; Engineering

Miss Tomaselli

Mr Cei Whitehouse

Natural Sciences (Physical)

Dr Stuart

Mr Cei Whitehouse

Natural Sciences (Biological), PBS


Student Services

If you're a student at St John's then Student Services is your main port of call for information and advice on a wide range of general enquiries.

Enquiries can include:

  • Examinations 
  • Documents and confirmation letters
  • Transcripts & references   
  • College bill enquiries and payments
  • Accommodation
  • Tutorial enquiries  
  • University cards
  • Information on grants, awards and prizes 
  • Points-based immigration


Student Services Online

Students can access a new online portal where forms can be completed, grants applied for, and letter requests submitted.


Past students and employers

If you are a past student looking to make a request for a reference, or an employer looking for a reference for a former student then please contact us using the details below.

Contact and opening times

F2a, Chapel Court
01223 746 959

Monday - 08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday - 08:30 - 14:30 and 15:00-18:00
Wednesday - 08:30 - 18:00
Thursday - 08:30 - 18:00
Friday - 08:30 - 18:00

Student Services will be closed on Tuesdays between 15:00-15:30. Please note that we may be also be closed occasionally for staff trainings and meetings - a notice will be on the office door for such occasions. 

Useful documents

These are documents that students may require for reference purposes. Click on each item to download the document.