Tutors

 

All Debate Chamber courses are taught by expert tutors who share a passion for exploring and communicating ideas. Most of our tutors have completed, or are in the process of completing, postgraduate research and are therefore perfectly placed to challenge preconceptions, inspire original thinking, and bridge the educational gap between secondary school and university. Our courses focus on developing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the desire to explore academic material in a more sophisticated way than is often available at school.

Debate Chamber prides itself on creating an inclusive environment where students feel comfortable discussing and sharing ideas with their tutors and peers. We encourage our students to think independently, and to pursue their own interests and questions, in order to stimulate lively debate within the class. Working in small groups over several days means that you will really get to know your tutor, develop your ideas, and benefit from their specialist knowledge.

‘A really fantastic week, taught by some truly inspirational tutors whose passion really showed in their energetic and engaging sessions. The relaxed atmosphere worked incredibly well because it allowed the students and tutors to discuss in detail anything that we were curious about even if it wasn’t specifically on our timetable.’ Lucy, Colchester County High School for Girls

Tutor Profiles

Art History

 

Naomi Lebens

Naomi is a graduate of the University of Oxford in History (BA) and of The Courtauld Institute of Art in the History of Art (MA & PhD). Her doctoral research in the field of early modern print culture was the result of an AHRC-funded collaborative project undertaken with the Prints and Drawings Department of The British Museum. Specifically, her thesis asks why games were the site of such invention in early modern print. Naomi’s work updates The British Museum’s collection database and will inform an exhibition in the Prints and Drawings Gallery in Autumn/Winter 2016. Besides pursuing her own research, Naomi teaches as an Associate Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art and as a Gallery Educator for The Courtauld Gallery. She is committed to the work of museums and galleries in communicating research to diverse audiences and in increasing the accessibility of their collections. She has recently developed an introductory art history course in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art and The Brilliant Club educational charity, which will be taught at state schools across the UK.

Hannah Kroes

Hannah holds a Bachelors degree in Art History & Curatorial Studies from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has specialised in Russian modernism and has recently completed her dissertation on the relationship between Ukrainian embroidery and national identity in the early 20th century. She is also passionate about women’s studies and feminist art history, and has dedicated her research to understudied women artists. Hannah’s love for art is met by her interest in education, and she believes that art is a crucial lens through which students can understand cultures, religions, conflicts, and politics throughout history. Her own education and approach to art history has been enriched by her experiences living and teaching in both China and Lithuania. She is pursuing a career in art and museum education, and has most recently worked in the education departments of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the United States National Archives.

Dentistry

 

Kate Parker

Kate is a Specialty Registrar in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London. She completed her undergraduate training at King’s College London and went on to work in general practice followed by Senior House Office positions in oral and maxillofacial surgery and paediatric dentistry. As part of her specialty training, Kate is currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Dentistry and is carrying out a randomised controlled trial on the efficacy of a patient decision-making aid in orthodontics.

 

Lilia Wong

Lilia is a second year Specialty Registrar in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute, London. Having completed her undergraduate dental training at King’s College London, she spent three years in Oxford working in General Practice and as a Senior House Officer in oral and maxillofacial Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital. She is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Dentistry which includes a research project as part of her specialty training.

 

Manveer Basati

After graduating from University College London (UCL) with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry and a Masters in Biochemical Engineering, Manveer joined the competitive fast track Dentistry course based at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. Upon graduation, Manveer has held roles in general dentistry, maxillofacial surgery and paediatric dentistry at renowned UK hospitals. During his clinical roles he also completed a postgraduate certificate in Medical Education. Currently Manveer is a Speciality Registrar in Orthodontics at the UCL Eastman Dental Hospital and as a part of his clinical masters, is researching student attitudes towards different teaching methods.

Economics

 

Joel Semakula

Joel has recently completed his second degree in Jurisprudence (Senior Status) at Mansfield College, University of Oxford. He has a keen interest in contract theory and wrote an extended essay on the jurisprudential basis for freedom of contract. Prior to this, Joel graduated as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a distinction in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then worked for two years as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. Joel’s interests in economics include family economics, financial markets and economic development. In September, Joel will be commencing his studies on the BPTC and intends to practice as a barrister at the Commercial Bar.

 

Roberto Valdo Cortese

Roberto holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics and Philosophy from University College London. He was awarded the 2015 Faculty Scholarship of Undergraduate Excellence as “most outstanding student of UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities”. His research interests include Economics of Networks, Economics of Education, Monetary Policy, Philosophy of Language, and Metalogic. His paper on the stabilising effect of complementary currencies was recently published by UCL. He couples his passion for Economics and Philosophy with a keen interest in theatre, and is in the process of founding a professional theatre company.

 

Tom Hansen

Tom is currently studying towards a degree in Laws at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He has previously completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney, with majors in Economics and Finance. Before coming to England he worked in a telecommunications start-up and has a continued interest in business and entrepreneurship. His academic interests include public international law, constitutional law, and economic development.

English Literature

 

Eleanor McCausland

Elly has a PhD from the University of York, where her research focused on representations of the Arthurian legends in children’s literature during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She also teaches the Victorian Literature module at the University of York. She has a degree in English and a MSt in Medieval Literature from Merton College, University of Oxford, and her other research interests include Victorian boys’ adventure novels, post-WW2 children’s literature and representations of food in literature.

 

Rachel Thompson

Rachel has a PhD from the University of London. Her doctoral thesis explored novels by contemporary female authors of Caribbean heritage which ‘write back’ or ‘return’ from the North American or British diasporas to the Caribbean region. She also holds a Masters degree in Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas from Goldsmiths College, and an undergraduate degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York. She has previously taught Literature BA courses at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary, and an MA programme in Creative Writing at LSBU.

 

Richard Foord

Richard graduated with a first class degree in English Language and Literature from Hertford College, University of Oxford. He is currently completing a Masters in Renaissance Literature at Kings College London, focusing on playbooks and the history of the book trade. His other interests range from Shakespeare in performance, film and popular culture, and contemporary poetry.

History

 

Olivia Elder

Olivia holds a first-class BA in Ancient and Modern History and an MSt (with Distinction) in Roman History from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. She is now in the second year of a PhD at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. Olivia’s doctoral research looks at bilingualism across the Roman world, and considers how ideas about language relate to Roman cultural identity. Her sources include literature, graffiti from Pompeii, and the multilingual inscriptions from the city of Rome. Olivia also has an interest in ancient letter-writing, and on how this compares to practices in the modern world.

 

Owen Britten

Owen holds a degree in Classics from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Masters (with distinction) in British History from the University of Newcastle. He is currently in the second year of his PhD at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. His dissertation focuses on alternative settings of masculinity in Britain during the reign of King William III. His other research interests include print culture, identity, and politeness.

 

Charlie Troup

Charlie graduated with a first class degree from Queens College, University of Oxford in History & Politics. His main interests are in 20th century intellectual history and political ideologies; and especially the history of neoliberalism. Having spent this year teaching in France, he will return to Oxford in October to begin an MPhil in British and European History, and plans to write his thesis on the political thought of anti-Thatcherite ‘wets’ in the Conservative Party.

International Relations

 

 Judith Jacob

Judith is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and her research focuses on modern jihadist movements in Indonesia. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked as a global terrorism analyst at a political and security risk firm in London. Judith also holds a degree in Government and History and a Masters in Conflict Studies, with a distinction from the London School of Economics. Her academic and professional work has centred on international politics and non-traditional conflict in the Middle East, as well as in East and Southeast Asia.

 

Jen Coyne

Jen holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford and a Masters degree in International Relations Research (distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her academic focus has been on political philosophy and international politics. Within international politics her interests are wide ranging, and include the domestic and foreign politics of states in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe, as well as of China. Jen also holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and has completed the Bar Professional Training Course this year. She is in training be a barrister, with a specialism in public law. Her interest in public law concerns what the appropriate powers of state are in relation to the individual, and how law affects public policy outcomes.

 

Mano Toth

Mano has recently submitted his doctoral dissertation in Politics and International Studies to the University of Cambridge (St Catharine’s College). He completed his Masters’ degree in Political Science at the Central European University (Budapest), and he holds undergraduate degrees in Economics from the University of Nottingham and in International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest. His area of expertise is Europe, European institutions and memory politics, and he has a special interest in security studies and in political and International Relations theory.

Law

 

Beth Harris

Beth graduated with a first class degree in Law from Durham University where she won a prize for the highest results in contract law. She particularly enjoyed contract, company and constitutional law as well as studying the legal and ethical implications of modern medicine. She also has a keen interest in current affairs, specifically in business news and UK and US politics. She is currently studying for a Masters in Law and Business alongside the Legal Practice Course and in September will be commencing a training contract at Ashurst, a silver circle law firm.

 

Brooke Lyne

Brooke graduated with a degree in English from Girton College, University of Cambridge. She then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Law at City University London. Brooke obtained major scholarships from the Honourable Society of Inner Temple to complete both her Graduate Diploma and her Bar Professional Training Course. Brooke has a particular interest in how the law affects young people. She has worked on a pro bono basis, for the School Exclusions Project, to represent children who have been permanently excluded from school. She has also written about how judicial review principles apply in school exclusions cases. In October 2016, Brooke will commence her pupillage at a set of chambers specialising in housing and public law.

 

Clare Elliott

Clare graduated with a first class Masters in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a first class Law degree from the University of Birmingham. She completed the Bar Professional Training Course with a grade of “Very Competent”. Throughout her legal studies she received prizes for land law, trusts and equity, and from Hogan Lovells for achieving the highest score in her year. She went on to receive a Lord Denning scholarship, Hardwicke scholarship and Accommodation Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn during her BPTC year. She has particular interest in clinical negligence law, alongside regulatory and disciplinary law, for which she recently won the Marion Simmons QC Essay Prize from the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. She will commence pupillage with Hailsham Chambers in September 2016.

Mathematics

 

Cosmo Grant

Cosmo studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Merton College, University of Oxford. He is now in the PhD program in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, having just finished his third year. He is interested in epistemology and language, especially in the application of mathematical and logical techniques in these fields. For example, he has recently been learning about the epistemic foundations of game theory, in which formal mathematical models of players’ beliefs and knowledge are used to explain certain patterns of behaviour in games, and about how game theory can shed light on linguistic phenomena, via signalling games and game-theoretic pragmatics. He is also interested in computability theory and in particular its consequences for the philosophy of mind.

 

Matthew Burke

Matthew graduated with a Mathematics degree from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. After passing Part III Mathematics at Cambridge with merit, he then completed a PhD in pure mathematics at Macquarie University, Sydney. During his time in Sydney, Matthew has been increasingly involved in teaching mathematics as both a tutor for the Macquarie University Numeracy Centre and as a demonstrator for first and second year undergraduate mathematics courses. Matthew’s main interests involve alternative formulations of the calculus and differential geometry using mathematical logic and type theory. His current research focuses on applying techniques from algebraic geometry and mathematical logic to problems in Lie theory and theoretical physics.

 

Will Warner

Will graduated from Wadham College, University of Oxford with a degree in Mathematics, where he particularly enjoyed studying various branches of Pure Mathematics. He then went on to study a Masters in Philosophy at University College London, completing the course with distinction. Will currently works full time as a tutor, and has extensive experience in introducing students to the more advanced and complex techniques used by professional mathematicians.

Medicine

 

Shiraz Jamshaid

Shiraz is moving into his fifth year of Medicine at Imperial College London. This year having completed an intercalated degree in Management, Shiraz has developed an interest in health reforms and restructure. He is currently undertaking projects in improving end-of-life care in the UK which he will present at the Kings fund in September this year. He has a keen interest in medical research and academia, having published in medical education and multidisciplinary journals. Shiraz is also a keen tutor, recently setting up his own BMAT tutoring enterprise.

 

Samad Wahid

Samad is moving into his fifth year of Medicine at Imperial College London, having passed his pre-clinical years with distinction. He also recently completed an intercalated degree in Management at Imperial College Business School. Samad is particularly interested in Health Policy and will be presenting at the Houses of Parliament later this year.

 

Katharine Clements

Katharine is currently in her sixth year at Imperial College London. Having completed her pre-clinical degree in Medical Sciences from St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, she is currently undertaking general medicine training at West London hospitals. Intercalating with specialist study of cell signalling in health and disease, her interests also lie in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Philosophy

 

Sarah Bufkin

Sarah is currently pursuing a DPhil in Political Theory from Somerville College, University of Oxford, where she is a Rhodes scholar. Previously, she graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she pursued a degree in Cultural Studies and History on the four-year Morehead-Cain scholarship. She then went on to complete her Masters in Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. At Queen’s University Belfast, Sarah had a keen interest in racism and recognition theory and won awards for the best dissertation and best overall performance by a Master’s student in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. Currently her work is situated at the nexus of critical race scholarship and normative political theory. Sarah is interested in the political and ethical dimensions of achieving voice in societies riven by structural disadvantage and systematic oppression.

 

Will Warner

Will graduated from Wadham College, University of Oxford with a degree in Mathematics, where he also made use of an interdisciplinary option to study a philosophy module in Metaphysics and Epistemology. Will then went on to study a Masters in Philosophy at University College London, completing the course with distinction. Will is particularly interested in the Philosophy of Mind as well as the Philosophy of Action, an area which was the subject of his dissertation.

 

Alexander Howells

Alec graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class degree in Philosophy and Politics. Whilst there, he specialised in philosophical logic and for his dissertation, in constructing an ontologically-pure semantics for Free Logic. He is now completing a Masters in Computer Science at University College London. Whilst there, he specialised in philosophical logic. In particular, for his dissertation, he constructed an ontologically-pure semantics for Free Logic. He also has an interest in aesthetics, philosophy in literature, and the use of computation in decision making.

Physics

 

Alex Gyorffry

Alex graduated first in his class with an Masters in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol, with research interests in quantum scattering, fractional statistics, optical vortices and ocean dynamics. Alex then completed his Masters in Applied Mathematics and Earth Sciences at St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, specialising in two-phase fluid dynamics, its applications to ice sheets and the role of meltwater in the evolution of Antarctic ice streams. He now teaches full-time at Exeter College, St. Anne’s College and Greene’s Tutorial College, University of Oxford.

 

Tom Rivlin

Tom Rivlin is a Physics PhD student at University College London. Last year he graduated from Imperial College with a Masters in Physics with Theoretical Physics. Tom’s work involves simulations of atomic and molecular scattering at ultracold temperatures, and molecular spectroscopy simulations for astrophysical purposes. His primary interests and specialisations are in both theoretical and computational/simulational physics.

 

Ben Walpole

Ben studied Mathematics & Philosophy as an undergraduate at Merton College, University of Oxford – focusing on Logic, Geometry, and later Wittgenstein. He then went on to train as a primary school teacher – working at a number of schools in North London and completing a PGCE through the University of Buckingham. He is interested in the interplay between logical and creative thinking in mathematics, and questions about the subject’s place in philosophy, education, and culture.

Politics

 

Rosemarie Little

Rosie holds a BSc in Public Administration and Organisation Science from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is currently completing an MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London, where her dissertation research focuses on the quality of debate in the European Union membership referendum campaigns. Her research interests include foreign politics, comparative European politics, the European Union and Chinese foreign and domestic politics.

 

Charlie Troup

Charlie graduated with a first class degree from Queens College, University of Oxford in History & Politics. His main interests are in 20th century intellectual history and political ideologies; and especially the history of neoliberalism. Having spent this year teaching in France, he will return to Oxford in October to begin an MPhil in British and European History, and plans to write his thesis on the political thought of anti-Thatcherite ‘wets’ in the Conservative Party.

 

Sarah Bufkin

Sarah is currently pursuing a DPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford where she is a Rhodes scholar. Previously, she graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and History on the four-year Morehead-Cain scholarship. She then went on to complete her MA in Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy at the Queen’s University – Belfast as a George J. Mitchell scholar. At Queen’s, she received a 90 percent mark for her dissertation on racism and recognition theory as well as won awards for the best MA dissertation and best overall performance by a Master’s student in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. Currently, her work is situated at the nexus of critical race scholarship and normative political theory. She is interested in the political and ethical dimensions of achieving voice in societies riven by structural disadvantage and systematic oppression.