Guest Speakers

Every year our programs invite a special selection of guest speakers – successful men and women drawn from very different walks of life – to engage with students on a wide variety of political, economic, social, artistic, academic, and literary topics. 

Listed below are some of the speakers from recent summers.

Adam Allen

Mr. Allen worked for Oxbridge Academic Programs for ten years before moving on to his true love — police work. He joined the New York Police Department Transit Bureau in 2008 and has since worked on “Operation Impact” with the Anti-Terrorism unit. In his talk “NYPD: Stories from the Streets” he shares his unique perspective on the city. A dedicated officer, Mr. Allen engages our students with discussions on highly charged topics such as terrorism, national security, and international law enforcement.

    John Armour

    Professor Armour is the Lovells Professor of Law and Finance at Oriel College, Oxford University, having held previous posts at Cambridge University, Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Bologna, and Columbia Law School. He is widely published in the fields of company law, corporate finance, and corporate insolvency and has contributed to projects commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Financial Services Authority, and the Insolvency Service. A former teacher for Oxbridge Academic Programs, Prof. Armour talks to students about the financial crisis, and the legal issues surrounding big business and global markets in the 21st century.

      Joanna Bagniewska

      Joanna recently finished her doctoral research at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, focusing on the diving behaviour of semi-aquatic animals. She received her MSc from Oxford, and her BSc from Jacobs University Bremen and Rice University; Joanna previously worked on a number of species, ranging from wombats and wallabies to mole-rats and mink. Her academic interests include biotelemetry, behavioural ecology and conservation biology.

        David Benedictus

        David Benedictus, writer and theatre director, is best known for his novels. His most recent work is the Winnie-the-Pooh novel Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. His second novel was filmed by Francis Ford Coppola. He has worked as an assistant to Trevor Nunn at the RSC, was Commissioning Editor for Drama series at Channel 4, and ran the Book at Bedtime for BBC Radio. He was educated at Eton College, Oxford and the University of Iowa.

          Tim Carroll

          Director of Productions for New Kent Opera, Mr. Carroll is the former Associate Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, was Associate Director of the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and began his career at the English Shakespeare Company. He has directed many operas, including Tosca for the English Touring Opera in 2006 and Monteverdi's Orfeo, Handel's Acis, and Galatea and Britten's Albert Herring for the New Kent Opera, as well as countless Shakespeare productions. At the Globe, he directed Twelfth Night, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest, among others, as well as several productions in Oxford where he was a teacher on The Oxford Tradition for many years. Tim is one of the most gifted and innovative directors working in London today and is able to give our students unique insights into all aspects of directing a Shakespeare production.

            Nick Hutchison

            Mr. Hutchison is a director, actor, and lecturer, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe. He has served as a judge for the English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare on the Platform competition, directs for RADA's Shakespeare summer course, was for six years an assessor for the National Theater's Connections Program, and sits on RADA audition panels as well as the accreditation panel for the National Council for Drama Training. He has directed many Shakespeare plays throughout the UK and the US and, as an established actor, has played parts in About A Boy with Hugh Grant, Restoration with Robert Downey Jr, Miss Potter with Renee Zellwegger, and Golden Years with Ricky Gervais.

              Dr. Matthew Kerr

              Since completing his doctorate at Oxford, Matthew has worked as a lecturer and tutor at Christ Church, Oxford. Research interests include the sea, the Victorian novel - especially the novels of Dickens, Conrad, and Frederick Marryat - the history of emotions, and book history. He has taught and lectured on a wide range of subjects, including film adaptation and Victorian children's literature.

                Andrew Motion

                Professor Motion is the former Poet Laureate for all of the UK, a post renowned for its other previous holders such as William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson, and Ted Hughes. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the author of acclaimed biographies and anthologies of poetry, including Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life (1994) and Keats (1998). In 2006 he published his autobiography, In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood, and in 2007 he wrote The Five Acts of Harry Patch, dedicated to the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War.

                  Prof Christopher Sangwin

                  Christopher Sangwin is Professor of Technology Enhanced Science Education at the University of Edinburgh. A leading figure in mathematics education in the UK, he held Senior Lectureships at Birmingham and Loughborough Universities. For over a decade he worked with the UK Higher Education Academy to promote the learning and teaching of university mathematics. He is the author of a number of books, including How Round is Your Circle?, which illustrates and investigates the links between mathematics and engineering using physical models.

                    Will Wintercross

                    Mr. Wintercross has worked as a photojournalist for The Daily Telegraph since 2007. His interest in journalism began long before he flew to Zimbabwe at age 18 to document the civil unrest occurring in the region. He has worked for the Associated Press, The Football Association, Getty Images, Agence France Presse, and The Independent. He recently returned from his fifth trip to Syria where he has been documenting the civil war for The Daily Telegraph. Other assignments have taken him to Mali, South Africa, Botswana, Kosovo, Cambodia, Laos, Kenya, Egypt, as well as throughout the UK and U.S. Mr. Wintercross talks about his experience as a photojournalist: whether it’s shooting the world’s highest cricket match on Everest or photographing war-torn areas where he has been targeted by a sniper, arranged border crossings with a “fixer”, or getting interrogated for hours in a holding cell.