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Education and Learning

Director of Education & Senior Tutor's Office

Welcome to the Director of Education & Senior Tutor's Office. The Director of Education & Senior Tutor's Office has the overall responsibility for the academic arrangements and welfare of all our students as well as the Director of Education & 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 senior.tutor@joh.cam.ac.uk.

 

Dr Annis May Timpson, Director of Education & Senior Tutor

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

Tutors

Tutors and Tutorial Times

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

Tutors maintain a close interest in their students' academic progress and welfare, offering advice and encouragement. Students meet with their Tutor 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 students 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.

Tutors also ensure students' integration into the College Community, by creating opportunities for them to meet other undergraduates and graduate students in their subject.

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.

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.

Supervision

Supervisions

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

The Academic Administrators, Cei Whitehouse, Hayley Duignan, Charlie Whitaker, and Malcolm Millbrook, 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.

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.

Degree Certificates and Transcripts

Original certificates for degrees are issued without charge to all those proceeding to degrees. You will receive this on the day of the congregation (unless you are being conferred in absentia, in which case the College will post this out to you approximately two weeks after the ceremony).

A fee of £15 is charged for each copy of a degree certificate. The University offers an alternative design certificate bearing the arms of the University printed in colour. This is available to order at a charge of £40. Order forms are issued at graduation along with original certificates. For further details, contact the University Student Registry office.

All graduands receive a formal University transcript free of charge after graduation. This will list the papers per Tripos that were sat, the class mark awarded for that Tripos exam, individual marks by paper, rank and subject content where available. They will be sent out via the College, so please ensure that your contact details are kept up-to-date.

Contact and opening times

F2a, Chapel Court
01223 746 959
studentservices@joh.cam.ac.uk

Monday - 08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday - 08:30 - 15:00 and 15:30-18:00
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.

Student Services Team

Left to right: Mrs Audrey Hewson, Mrs Kirstie van Schalkwyk, Miss Fay Page and Mrs Stephanie Kingsnorth

Useful documents

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