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Academic Development Directorate

Academic Development Directorate Staff

Director of Academic Development

Dr Mandy Bentham BA (Hons) York, PhD City University, London

Marva De La Coudray
Head of Widening Participation
Marva de la Coudray

Marva joined SOAS in 2004 and is Head of Widening Participation. She is responsible for the School's Widening Participation Strategy which aims to encourage underrepresented groups into Higher Education. This includes providing strategic direction in areas relating to widening participation, access, outreach and partnership development. Marva also works closely with external agencies responsible for delivering the government's widening participation commitments including HEFCE & OFFA. She is co-Director of the London Consortium of the Routes into Languages programme – a partnership of 12 HEIs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4552
  • Email: mc68@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Renata Albuquerque
Project Manager, Capital L - Routes into Languages
Renata Albuquerque

Renata manages Capital L - Routes into languages, a consortium of 9 London universities led by SOAS which aims to increase and widen participation in language studies. Renata has responsibility for liaising between government maintained schools, Further Education colleges and universities to provide language curriculum enrichment activities including: ambassador presentations, tutoring and a range of employability, sport and art related activities to pupils aged between 13 and 19 years old and their parents.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4745
  • Email: ra40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Sarah Tucker
Academic Enhancement Officer
Sarah Tucker

Sarah organises a range of activities for schools, colleges and other organisations with the aim of encouraging students from under-represented backgrounds to consider university. She is also involved in running the Student Ambassador scheme, in which current SOAS students represent the School by assisting in widening participation events.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4043
  • Email: st47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Julien Boast
Progression Coordinator
Julian Boast

Julien has been at SOAS since 2008 and in his current role supports the transition of students from a variety of backgrounds into SOAS by devising and coordinating a programme of outreach and progression activities.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4113
  • Email: jb73@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Mehmet Izbudak
Academic Teaching Developer, Programme Leader (Professional Development in Higher Education)
Mehmet Izbudak Mehmet is responsible for academic teaching development and support at the ADD. He runs and teaches the Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited Professional Development in Higher Education Programme (PDHEP) at SOAS. He also designs, develops, organises and delivers Academic Teaching Development Workshops at the School and provides individual pedagogical support to teaching staff. In addition, Mehmet delivers a variety of generic and departmental skills support courses for research, masters and undergraduate students. Mehmet also works at Birkbeck College, University of London as a Sessional Lecturer in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4506
  • Email: mi29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Linda O'Sullivan
E-learning Manager
Linda O'Sullivan

Linda joined the ADD in December 2008. She is the E-Learning Manager and provides staff and students with E-Learning support as well as coordinating the migration from Blackboard to Moodle, including the training of staff in the use of Moodle.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4040
  • Email: lo10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Heidi Ward
Learning Development Manager
Heidi Ward

Heidi joined the team in 2004 and is responsible for supporting strategies and developing initiatives to enhance the student learning experience, maintaining awareness of best practice and research both within the School and externally. She manages the programme of study skills workshops, 1-1 tutorials and online support, including working with departments to provide students with subject-specific support. She is also responsible for the academic orientation for new students, including developing a new project of providing study support online via the BLE, the School’s virtual learning environment. Heidi is currently working in a job-share with Dr Angela Gallagher-Brett.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4553
  • Email: hw21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Angela Gallagher-Brett
Learning Development Manager
Angela Gallagher-Brett

Angela is responsible for the design and delivery of academic skills programmes for taught postgraduate students, including workshops on research methods for the dissertation and projects to enhance the academic experience at Masters level. She also provides discipline-specific support to departments and leads on the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.  Angela has a PhD in Applied Linguistics and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests are language learning and teaching motivation and transition from school to university. Angela also works as a doctoral research trainer, PhD supervisor and project manager for the Routes into Languages Programme at the University of Southampton.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4554
  • Email: ag62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am - 5pm

China Anya
Widening Participation Officer
China Anya

China joined SOAS in January 2015 and works within the Widening Participation team organising various events including masterclasses, taster days and the Law and Development Studies Summer School. These are aimed at primary, secondary and college students from under-represented backgrounds, with the aim of encouraging them to consider studying at university. She is also involved in running the Student Ambassador scheme, in which current SOAS students represent the School by assisting in widening participation events. In addition she organises the Bridging Course for Mature Students which provides support for transition into university study. Prior to this, she worked as a Gifted and Talented Coordinator at The Bridge Academy, Hackney.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4122
  • Email: ca8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Barbara De Castro
Capital L- RiL Project Assistant
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Barbara joined SOAS in March 2014 and supports Renata Albuquerque as the Project Assistant of the Capital L- Routes into Languages Project. She organises and supports a range of language enrichment activities carried out, including the Language Ambassadors scheme.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4551
  • Email: bd14@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am to 2pm

Sultan Wadud
E-Learning Officer
Sultan Wadud

Wadud joined ADD in July 2014. He is the E-Learning Officer and provides staff and students with E-Learning support, including the training of staff in the use of Moodle.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4563
  • Email: sw55@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am- 5pm