The Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities. In 2015 our teaching staff in Oxford and Cambridge alone consisted of more than 28 Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, making Oxbridge one of the biggest employers of Rhodes Scholars in the world. 

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-fledged professionals – acclaimed writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers, 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.

THE OXFORD Seminar FACULTY

Dr. Luke Berryman

BA University of Oxford, MA Boston University, PhD King’s College London

Luke is the Associate Director of Programming for Oxbridge Academic Programs. During his years in academia he gained several awards, including an academic exhibition and an instrumental scholarship from the University of Oxford, an Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement from Boston University, and a Scholarship from King’s College London. His doctoral thesis focused on the use of classical music in Nazi propaganda, and his principal research interests include critical theory, nineteenth-century German music, and the Third Reich. Luke maintains an active career as a concert pianist.


Jan Cosgrave

MA University of Glasgow

Jan is conducting doctoral research in clinical neuroscience in the famous Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. In her current project, she is investigating, comparing, and contrasting the sleep and circadian rhythms of those who are deemed at high or low risk for developing mental health problems. Jan uses clinical assessments, neurophysiological tests, biochemical markers, and wearable sensory technology to phenotype patients to examine their risk factors. She is a decorated scholar and won a Distinction for Outstanding Academic Achievement from the University of Glasgow.


Dr. Farid Garas

BA, MA, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Garas is a medical researcher. He departed the hospital for the laboratory after completing the initial phase of his clinical medical training, and gained a doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar. Recently he held a postdoctoral Fellowship at the MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit. He has since returned to his clinical work in order to qualify for practice as a medical doctor.


Dr. Vuyane Mhlomi

MBChB University of Cape Town

Dr. Mhlomi is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He is researching ways to make pregnancy safer for women suffering from cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mhlomi practiced medicine for several years in his native South Africa before coming to Oxford, during which time he also regularly published and presented his own research. He was recognized as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian newspaper, is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper cohort, and is an Oxford Global Leadership Initiative Fellow.


Robert Shesol

BA University of Pennsylvania, BSc Wharton School of Business

Rob is an investment analyst based in Prague. He acts as a principal for an international team of investors establishing a $100-million mezzanine fund focused on Central European real estate. His career began in the Real Estate Group of Salomon Smith Barney's New York Investment Banking Division. There he helped to lead several IPOs, raising over $7.5 billion in the process. Later Rob relocated to Europe to take on senior positions in venture capital. He worked first in Dublin and then in the Czech Republic. Most recently, Rob has consulted with The Gem Group, a London-based private equity fund.


Davide Volpi

BSc University of Pavia, MSc University of Pavia, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Volpi is a researcher at the University of Oxford, where he works in the Department of Oncology. His most recent projects have focused on the design and development of multi-spectral technologies for image-guided surgery, sentinel lymph node mapping in gynecological cancers during surgery, and the use of opto-electronic devices. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and has won prizes from groups including the Oxford Cancer Research Center, the Oxford Cancer Imaging Center, and the Gray Institute. Dr. Volpi has also received substantial funding from Cancer Research UK, and has guided many undergraduates through oncology courses.