School Director & Student Services Team
Niko, School Director
Hi, my name is Niko and I am the School Director at British Study Centres in Oxford. In the last ten years I have worked in South East Asia, Europe and the UK as a teacher, manager, and School Director.
I am absolutely thrilled to have joined BSC Oxford, which is one of the finest schools I have ever seen. As well as our excellent facilities and in-class technology, we are proud to have an extremely well qualified team of teachers and trainers who will help you to make the most of your time with us.
I am looking forward to welcoming you to the magnificent city of Oxford where you will be sure to make friends and improve your English. Drop by my office anytime for a chat, if I'm not there you might find me on the roof terrace enjoying a coffee. See you soon!
Emma, Head of Student Services
Hello my name's Emma and I'm Head of Student Services here at BSC Oxford.
I really enjoy the happy friendly atmosphere that working at BSC brings. Here at BSC Oxford we are like a big family! We believe it's important for our students to get the most from their stay, so the Student Services team is here to help you from your first enquiry, to your arrival, throughout your stay and right up until you leave.
There is no question that is too silly or too difficult for us so please come and ask! We are here to help you.
Having lived in Oxford my whole life I know all the best tourist spots, and the interesting places only locals will know about, so come to me if you want to explore Oxford. There is so much to offer from beautiful countryside and buildings to pubs and clubs and live music venues, whatever your interest is we can find something for you.
I am looking forward to welcoming you soon!
Lisa, Student Services Officer
Hello, my name is Lisa and I work in the student services team here at the Oxford school. I have been working with students from all over the world and of all ages for 9 years and thoroughly enjoy experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.
I coordinate the social programmes here at BSC, arranging lots of fun activities that allow students to explore the beautiful city of Oxford and learn all about its history, while making new friends. There is a new activity organised for each day, so there is something for everyone. But I am open to new ideas, so feel free to stop by and make a request.
I look forward to meeting and working with you soon.
Sophia, Student Services Officer
Hi, I'm Sophia, one of the later additions to BSC Oxford. I joined the team in May 2011, after working several years in Further Education.
I look after all the EU bookings and enquiries, and just generally work to give our students the best Oxford learning experience. I have enjoyed my time here so far, and look forward to the months ahead.
I have always enjoyed working with students. The difference now, is that I get to meet students from across the globe, and I love it. It feeds my interest in cultural differences, and as a bonus I can improve my geography.
I moved to the UK in 2003, from the remote British Island of St Helena, in the South Atlantic, and I have made Oxford my home away from home since. Oxford is just so charming!
Rebecca, Accommodation Officer
Hi! My name is Rebecca, and I joined the BSC Oxford team prior to the summer of 2012. I moved from Australia in 2009 and lived in London for two years before deciding to move to Oxford in 2011. It was the best decision I have ever made. I love Oxford, I love the history and I love the culture of this wonderful city.
Working as a part of the Accommodation team with my colleague Alice, is a rewarding experience. Not only do we get to work in one of the most attractive and exciting cities of the world, but we get to meet people from all corners of the globe on a daily basis. This is what makes my job so great!
I am here to help you settle into your new life in Oxford. I can help you deal with the cultural shock of living in someone else's family home and also to point you in the right direction if you are looking for things to do! I work closely with our wonderful host families, so that we can make you feel like Oxford is your home away home. Feel free to pop your head into the office and say hi!
Alice, Accommodation Officer
Hi, my name is Alice and I am originally from Germany. I decided to move to the UK after finishing my degree in English and Linguistics.
I started working for BSC as an intern during the summer of 2011 and came back to take the position as an Accommodation Officer in September 2012.
I really enjoy working and living in Oxford as it offers me such a great opportunity to experience a vibrant multicultural environment in an extraordinarily beautiful city. I love learning about new cultures and I guess there is no better place to do so than in an international language school in the city centre of Oxford! I am here to take care of our student houses and to ensure that you feel comfortable with the accommodation you booked. Come and speak to me if you need some advice on student accommodation in Oxford or if you wish to live in one of our beautiful student houses.
Outside of work I love the simple things in life such as reading an exciting book, cooking a nice dish or going for a walk with my friends' dogs. I also thoroughly enjoy live music of any kind of which there is plenty in and around Oxford which makes the city even more attractive to me!
Cressy, Student Services Officer
Hi, my name's Cressy.
I graduated from Royal Holloway University of London last year and have since been travelling and teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand and Oxford.
I have worked at Summer schools in Oxford for the past 4 years as an Activities Leader; the role involved coordinating sports and arts activities, planning and supervising excursions to London and Stratford, and organising social events for foreign students from across the world.
I have lived in Oxford all my life and so have a good knowledge of the best places to visit- whether you want to know what sites to see in the city, or where the best restaurants, bars and pubs are to suit your taste, please come to me for any advice. I deal with all the visa bookings as well as ensuring students enjoy their Oxford experience to the full.
Theatre and Film are great passions of mine. I love to sing (although not always very well...) and act - I've been in many productions at University and I try to see as many shows as possible in Oxford, London and Stratford.
BSC Oxford is a fantastic school, situated in the heart of the beautiful, historic city - I guarantee you a great time here and I look forward to meeting you soon!
George, Coffee Shop Manager
Hello, my name is Jorge (George), I'm from Peru and I'm in charge of the Coffee Shop at BSC Oxford. I have been working here for almost one year and thanks to our social activities programme I show the students how to enjoy and have fun during their stay here.
The coffee shop is where all the students meet during break times to have a chat and relax for a bit. For this reason, it is a great opportunity to get in contact with people from all over the world and know more about their cultures.
I love music, but especially Latin music and dancing Salsa. I'm a positive and outgoing person, I love travelling and listening music everywhere!
If you fancy a hot drink, pop into the shop to say hello!
Clive, Academic Director
Hi. My name's Clive and I'm the Academic Director at BSC in Oxford. I started here in March 2011, so I'm a more recent addition to the staff, but I love working here in the friendly, yet professional environment.
I've worked as a teacher, trainer and manager since 2001 in both the UK and Australia. I even did my DELTA at British Study Centres in Oxford in 2006, which was hard work, but great fun and really interesting. I've also worked in customer service and I graduated in Economics and Politics.
When I'm not working, I'm interested in cooking, science-fiction, music and photography. I love spending time with my young family, blogging about my kids and going for long walks in the countryside.
Kate, Course Manager
Hi, I'm Kate. I've been working at BSC since August 2010 and I've really enjoyed it so far! The staff and students are lovely and it's great to have the opportunity to live in beautiful Oxford.
Before coming here, I worked and studied in Australia and Italy, which was a great experience. I'm starting the DELTA course this year, but when I'm not working or studying, I like to spend my time travelling and cooking.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
Dave, Head of Teacher Training
Hi, I'm Dave, the Head of Teacher Training at British Study Centres, Oxford. I have been involved in teacher training since the early nineties, when I became a CELTA tutor. I have experience of teaching both Primary and Secondary in Greece, Japan and the UK, and from 2005-2011 I was teaching refugee teenagers in Oxford. Over the years, I have designed bespoke training courses for a variety of nationalities and enjoy the challenge of meeting the needs of the individuals in the groups, whatever their teaching context. I am thrilled to be involved in an organisation which puts teacher development at a premium.
Simon, Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Hi I'm Simon and I've been a teacher for 22 years. For nine of those years I have taught abroad mainly in Spain, France and Saudi Arabia, but for the last 13 years I have been teaching in Oxford and for most of the time at BSC! A typical year for me is split between teaching students and tutoring trainer teachers for their CELTA qualification.
In my free time my interests include writing, playing cricket and spending time with my daughter.
Dita, Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Hi, I'm Dita. I've been teaching English for 7 years. I started working at British Study Centres Oxford in June 2008 and I love it! The staff are really friendly and the students are great! Before I came to Oxford I taught English in the Czech Republic, which I really enjoyed as well. In my free time I like cooking for friends and playing board games. I also like to go swimming or do yoga when I get the chance.
Hi, I'm Karina. I've been teaching at BSC since April 2007 and really like it here. Before coming to Oxford I taught English in Australia, Germany and Singapore.
I was born and grew up in Singapore and have also lived in Australia, Germany and France. I love travelling and meeting new people. When I'm not busy studying for my DELTA I like to visit new places and spend time with friends. See you soon!
I've been teaching English at BSC Oxford since November 2007 and I have lived and taught English in Russia as well as in Kazakhstan, which was a fascinating experience. What I really love about our school in Oxford are its professional and friendly staff and working with people from such rich and varied cultural backgrounds. I'm currently studying for my Diploma in English Language Teaching with BSC and I have to admit it keeps me very busy! When I finish my diploma I will be able to go back to my normal life which usually involves spending time with my friends, meeting new people, travelling, reading, cooking and of course I am a dedicated follower of fashion!
Hi, I'm Alicja. I've been teaching English for 4 years. I started working at British Study Centres Oxford in February 2009 and I really enjoy it. What I like most about this school is its pleasant and friendly atmosphere.
Before coming to Oxford, I've lived, studied and worked in beautiful cities of Krakow (Poland) and Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany), which was an unforgettable experience.
In addition to teaching English, I'm interested in Cultural Studies. In my free time I love travelling, doing sightseeing and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi, I'm Helen. I've been a teacher at BSC for a year now and can't believe how quickly time has passed! Before I joined the school I worked at several English schools in Oxford and for two years I was a teacher in Spain. I love my job as it allows me to get to know so many new people from all walks of life. Every day is different. I particularly enjoy working at BSC because everyone is so friendly and supportive.
At the moment I'm working on my DELTA so am very busy but when I get some free time I love going out with friends and catching up on all the gossip! I really look forward to seeing you soon!
Hi there! My name's Leda and I've been teaching at BSC since the summer of 2009. I've got a BA in English and Portuguese Language and Literature and I've been a teacher since 1995. Before moving to Oxford, I taught in Brazil, where I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and learn a bit about their jobs, as many were interested in business English.
The variety I encounter here thrills me and I'm happy to know every class will be an opportunity to learn about different points of view and cultures from the source!
I'm addicted to Brazilian music and I spend my free time catching up with friends, cooking, reading and watching films.
Hi! My name's Sarah. I've been teaching at BSC since October 2008. I love world music and learning about different cultures so it's great to be in a job where I get to meet people from all over the world. I've been in Oxford for 4 years and before that lived and worked in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
When I'm not working I enjoying spending time with family and hanging out with friends. I'm currently attempting to learn both Spanish and the guitar and I love drawing and painting. Have fun in Oxford - it's a great city!
Hi, I'm Anna. I've been teaching at BSC since April 2011 and I'm really enjoying being here. The thing that is most enjoyable about working here is the friendly atmosphere - the members of staff are sociable and very helpful.
Before coming to the UK, I taught in Poland, where I studied Law and English Language Teaching. This year I have started my DELTA course (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults).
Outside work, I like staying active by doing sports such as Zumba and jogging. I also like admiring Oxford's architecture from the seat of my bike, which is really enjoyable on sunny days.
Hope to see you soon!
Jonathan, Finance Manager
Hi, my name is Jonathan, and I am the Finance Manager for British Study Centres in Oxford. I have over 25 years experience in Finance, and have worked in Sydney, New York & London in my time. I manage a team of three others here in Oxford and we look after the accounts for all of our Schools in the UK.
I love working for British Study Centres, and have done since day one – I am extremely happy here! There is always such a good atmosphere, always a 'buzz'! My children love visiting in the school holidays as they have such fun and the other staff and the students here are so friendly with them.
Oxford is a great City, so much history and tradition, and has plenty of great restaurants and pubs!
Nilo, Accounts Assistant
Hello I'm Nilo and I moved to Oxford five years ago. My tenure with BSC has lasted over three years, and personally, for me BSC, and Oxford as a whole has been an attractive place to work.The ancient architecture, the friendly town-folk, the colourful theatres and buzzing bars – the city has much to offer.
Working for BSC is an emotionally and professionally fulfilling experience. The most fascinating thing being that it has offered me the opportunity to associate people from all walks of life, and given good exposure to different aspects of accounting. Currently my main duties involve accounts receivables.
In 2010 I was blessed with my first child and have been working at BSC part-time since. I love to spend my leisure time with my husband and little daughter. I also enjoy cake decorating, especially for family and friends. It is a special feeling to create that one-of-a-kind cake for that special person.
Himalka, Accounts Assistant
Hi I am Himalka, I work in the Accounts Department. I'm originally from Sri Lanka, I moved to the UK in 2008 for my higher studies. I joined British Study Centers in 2009 after completing my studies. Oxford is a city with a great historic value, people from all over the world come to see the beauty of this city throughout the year.
I enjoy working for the British Study Centres. The Company is growing very fast, the numbers keep us always busy in the Accounts Department.
I love to spend my leisure time with my family and friends and also I love travelling and watching movies.
Roshani, Accounts Assistant
Hi, I am Roshani and I joined the finance team at BSC in August 2010. Our team deals with finances for all four English schools. I am based in Oxford and I mainly look after the sales ledger, dealing with invoices and various other finance related matters. I recently completed my MSC in Business and Accounting and I am currently in the process of studying towards CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification, as a part of my employment contract.
Oxford is a great place to live and I absolutely love being a part of BSC team!