From your first visit as an applicant to the day when you graduate, the Academic Office will play a key role in your time at Somerville. Led by the Senior Tutor, our friendly and supportive team will oversee every aspect of your academic life.
The Academic Office team is here to help with the small stuff, such as making sure you’ve got all the materials you need in order to work. But they’re also here for the really important stuff, like awarding scholarships, overseeing your wellbeing and arranging tutorials, teaching and exams. The Academic Office also includes our wonderful Access and Outreach team, the Scholarships and Funding Officer and the Welfare Officer. Academic Office staff are based across several physical offices in House building and can be contacted via email.
The Academic Office
Helen JohnsonExecutive Assistant to the Senior Tutor; Fellows' Secretary
Victoria WilsonScholarships and Funding Officer
Victoria manages the processes for awarding scholarships and funding to students.
This includes administering grants for travel, personal development, sport and music, as well as academic prizes and scholarships. She co-ordinates the selection process for graduate and undergraduate scholarships, including the Thatcher Scholarships and Oxford India Centre Scholarships. Victoria is also Secretary to the MTST Committee, the OICSD Management Committee and the Travel and Special Project Grants Committee.
Saphire RichardsTutorial and Graduate Officer
Saphire oversees the provision of service and support to the College’s academic staff and graduate students.
She manages teaching support (college exams, TMS system, Tutor payments etc), provides support to the Senior Tutor in the recruitment of academic staff, and works closely with the Undergraduate Officer and others in the Academic Office on student administration.
Saphire is also responsible for all areas of the graduate admissions process and support for current graduates.
Julia HillUndergraduate Officer
Julia manages the Academic Office and deals with undergraduate administrative matters including admissions. She is also the secretary for Education Committee.
She normally works Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. In weeks where Education Committee takes place she works Monday and Wednesday-Friday.
Eileen GartsideAcademic Office Assistant
Eileen is in the office Monday-Tuesday.
Alison DaviesAcademic Office Assistant
Alison Davies is in the office Wednesday – Friday.
Jo OckwellWelfare Support and Policy Officer
Jo is Somerville’s Welfare Support and Policy Officer.
She leads on student welfare matters in the college, both providing frontline support to individual students and helping to shape Somerville’s welfare policy.
She is also the college’s Disability Co-ordinator and as such the first point of contact for students with disabilities.
Nuala MarshallAccess & Outreach Support Officer
Hannah PackAccess & Outreach Officer
Steve RaynerSenior Tutor, Tutor for Graduates and Tutor for Admissions
Steve Rayner oversees the College’s academic activities, including admissions and outreach, and supports Fellows and Students in their teaching and learning.
He is responsible for overseeing the work of the College Access and Outreach Team, including Somerville’s regional work as part of the Oxford South-East consortium of colleges (see Oxford for South East | University of Oxford) and is a trustee of Universify Education. As a native of Stoke-on-Trent and a season ticket holder at Stoke City Football club for over twenty years, until that particular mix of joy and suffering was rudely interrupted by the pandemic, he is also particularly interested in access and outreach in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire. As a result, Somerville is a member of the Uni Connect partnership Higher Horizons+ (see Higher Horizons+ – Part of the Uni Connect Programme).
As Senior Tutor, Steve is responsible for the work of the Academic Office, which supports graduate and undergraduate students, along with tutors and Fellows, in their academic activities. This includes supporting Somerville applicants and selectors through the undergraduate admissions process here at Oxford.
Steve’s background is in Physics, specifically Very High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy research, but his work at Somerville encompasses all subjects studied by Somervillians.
Julia Hill – Undergraduate Officer (Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri) (manages House 5 team)
Eileen Gartside – Academic Office Assistant (Mon-Tues)
Alison Davies – Academic Office Assistant (Weds-Fri)
Jo Ockwell – Welfare Support and Policy Officer (Mon, Weds-Thurs) (NB – not Tues during vac)
Saphire Richards– Tutorial and Graduate Officer
Senior Tutor’s Office
Steve Rayner – Senior Tutor
Helen Johnson – Executive Assistant to the Senior Tutor and Fellows
Hannah Pack – Access Officer
Nuala Marshall – Access and Outreach Support Officer
Victoria Wilson – Scholarships and Funding Officer