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St John’s appoints new Director of Education

Dr Annis May Timpson has been appointed Director of Education and Senior Tutor at St John’s. She will join the College in August, and will formally take up her new position in October.

Dr Annis May Timpson is to join St John’s College as its new Director of Education and Senior Tutor.  Dr Timpson is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. She will be responsible for overseeing both the education and the welfare of the College’s students.

Dr Timpson joins the College with an established track record as an experienced academic leader, having led undergraduate teaching and developed graduate programmes at the Universities of Nottingham, Sussex and Edinburgh. Dr Timpson directed the Centre of Canadian Studies at Edinburgh and led School Careers education at Sussex.

Her first degree was in Politics and Social Administration at the University of Bristol.  She has an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research from Oxford and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Dr Timpson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading authorities on contemporary Canada, in particular on the question of relations with its Indigenous communities. She regularly comments on Canadian politics in the UK media.

In her most recent position at the University of London, she has been involved in two international research partnerships – one examining the development of policy reflecting the needs of Indigenous communities in Canada, Latin America and New Zealand; the other focused on developing and testing methods of inclusive public engagement, connected with the 50th anniversary of the landmark Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada.

Dr Timpson has also advised the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Metropolitan Police and the Scottish Government on key political developments in Canada, and has contributed to leadership training through research at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

As Director of Education, Dr Timpson will work closely with other members of the College – including the Admissions Tutor, the Tutor for Graduate Affairs, other Tutors and Directors of Studies – to provide an educational environment that allows each of the College’s 900 students to realise their full potential. She will be directly responsible for the academic strategy and policy of the College, as well as overseeing the recruitment and admission of students.

Dr Timpson will begin her appointment as Director of Education and Senior Tutor Designate from 1 August, 2017, and commence her Fellowship in September, before fully taking over the role on 1 October 2017.

She succeeds Dr Matthias Dörrzapf, who has been Senior Tutor since 2003, and will continue as Director of Studies in Mathematics and College Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, and in addition take on a new role as Director of International Programmes.

During Dr Dörrzapf’s 14 years in post, the College has launched several significant educational initiatives for the benefit of students. These include the recently-established St John’s Studentships for undergraduates from lower-income backgrounds, pre-admissions prizes to help new students to commence their studies at St John’s, and the Summer Bursaries scheme, which aims to help a wide range of undergraduates undertake educational activities and pursue career opportunities during the summer vacation.

Dr Timpson said: “I am delighted to be joining St John’s as Director of Education and Senior Tutor and am impressed by the strength of community in the College.  I look forward to working with colleagues on key initiatives at St John’s to benefit national and international students from a wide range of backgrounds.”