Director & Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, many of which are Gates and Marshall Scholars.

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-fledged professionals – acclaimed writers, poets, and actors – all selected for their talent, their varied experiences in their disciplines, their enthusiasm, and above all their ability to inspire our students. 

Led by these outstanding individuals, whose work is thoroughly evaluated after every summer, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living.
 

Oxbridge at St Andrews Director

Director, Greg Chalfin

Greg returns to Oxbridge St Andrews for his second year as the Director of the program. He has been on the faculty of the Kent Denver School since 2008, where he teaches English Literature, acts as Dean of Students for the Upper School, and coaches basketball and soccer. Greg is also conducting doctoral research in the field of pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. Before leading the program in St Andrews, Greg served as a Program Dean on the Oxford Tradition in 2015 and on the Oxford Spring Seminar in 2016. 



 

 

 

Oxbridge at St Andrews Faculty


Dr. Predrag Bjelogrlic

MD University of Belgrade, MSc University of London

Dr. Bjelogrlic is the Principal Teaching Fellow in Clinical Medicine at the St Andrews University School of Medicine. He moved to the UK after graduating in Medicine from the University of Belgrade, and completed a number of internships before reading for an MSc in Histopathology at the University of London. Since 1997 he has taught at St Andrews, where today he serves as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Manager and the Clinical Medicine Skills Program Coordinator.


Katie Bootland

BA Manchester School of Art, MFA Edinburgh College of Art

Katie is a professional artist based in Edinburgh. Her current projects rely principally on photography, film installation, and performance. Her work is held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the University of Edinburgh, and private collections in the U.K. She has been shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Prize, and in 2015 the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh commissioned a solo exhibition from her. Katie also co-ran Sheer Wonder Press, an independent publishing house for artists' books, and has recently performed at the WOW Festival, the Southbank Centre in London, and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.


Dr. Ruairidh Brown

BA University of Stirling, MLitt, PhD University of St Andrews

Dr. Brown is a political philosopher specializing in the relationship between the individual and the state. His research seeks to move beyond rational and structural explanations of this relationship and to develop a new paradigm building upon from Kierkegaard’s concept of the ‘encounter’. Since 2014 he has taught undergraduates in philosophy, politics, and international relations at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. Dr. Brown is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dave Coates

BA University of York, MSc University of Edinburgh

Dave is a professional poet and critic, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh. His current project focuses on Louis MacNeice and his influence on contemporary Northern Irish poetry. Dave is widely published, and has recently had work featured in "The Edinburgh Review," "The Stinging Fly," "Poetry Wales," and "The Yellow Nib." In 2015, he won the prestigious Saboteur Award for Best Reviewer.


Gareth Davis

MA University of Glasgow, MLitt University of St Andrews

Gareth is a researcher specializing in political violence. His most recent work is on the origins of violent sectarian groups, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq. He regularly organizes conferences and symposia on this vital topic.


Dr. Meirion Jordan

MMath University of Oxford, MA, PhD University of East Anglia

Dr. Jordan is a Lecturer in English at Kean University where teaches writing, including courses in poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. His doctorate was a historiography of three modern poets – David Jones, Geoffrey Hill, and Ian Duhig. Dr. Jordan is an editor and director at Gatehouse Press, a boutique English literary press, and author of three collections of poetry. His fourth volume of poetry is due for publication in 2018.


Zeynep Karatza

BSc, MEng National Technical University of Athens, MSc Grenoble Institute of Technology

Zeynep is currently carrying out doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Engineering. Her project involves the micromechanical analysis of granular materials, for which she employs a variety of methods, including x-ray computed tomography and image processing. She also has extensive industry experience, having worked on large-scale projects for S&B Industrial Minerals and AKTOR. Zeynep is a seasoned pedagogue and has been nominated for several teaching distinctions at the University of Edinburgh, including the coveted Best Overall Teaching Award.


Larissa Kennel

BSc, MSc University of Dundee

Larissa is a specialist in human anatomy. She teaches anatomy and physiology at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee. Larissa has conducted comparative research into dissection techniques, and her current work aims to aid forensic practitioners with human identification by refining our understanding of skeletal non-metric traits in the contemporary Scottish population.


Ioanna Mavromati

MA University of Sheffield, BA University of West Macedonia

Ioanna is a doctoral candidate at the University of Dundee conducting research on European energy policy in the context of great power competition. In addition to her research she teaches comparative politics.


Mehdi Shiva

BSc University of Tehran, MSc Paris School of Economics, MSc University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Ca'Foscari University of Venice

Mehdi is a doctoral researcher at the University of Dundee, where he is working on Economics. His research centers on the impact of climate change on human life. In particular he uses empirical methods to quantify the influence of climate change on migration, and on the birth of armed conflicts. Mehdi is also experienced in industry, and has worked in Research and Development for UNDP, and as an analyst for A&F Markets.


Dr. Rafael Torrubia

MA, MLitt, PhD University of St. Andrews

Dr. Torrubia is a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of St Andrews. His research interests spread across five centuries. Recently he has taught on topics as diverse as America and Europe in the 1960s and British Imperialism in India dating back to 1600. He is a decorated scholar and a former winner of the coveted Bonarjee Prize, in addition to having received generous grants from the British Association for American Studies and the University of St Andrews. Dr. Torrubia is passionate about teaching and has been nominated for the Best Tutor Award by the St Andrews Students’ Association.


Benjamin Turnbull

MSc University of Birmingham

Benjamin is a doctoral researcher in psychology and neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. His work concerns the mechanisms and development of animal cognitive processes, using songbirds as a model. This research investigates multiple levels of organization in the organism, including gene expression and neuroendocrinology. Benjamin’s interdisciplinary research has prepared him well to support a wide range of teaching. At the University of St Andrews he teaches foundation courses in biology, psychology, and zoology.


Utibe Umoh

MEng University College London

Utibe is a chemical engineer currently completing doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh. His research is in the field of multiphase fluid mechanics. Outside the laboratory, Utibe supports undergraduate teaching at the University of Edinburgh, delivering lessons in mathematics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. He previously worked for the pharmaceutical firm Merck as a formulation scientist.