University of Cambridge, Hughes Hall, MPhil History of Art & Architecture
University of Oxford, Christ Church, BA History of Art, First Class
Guildford High School for Girls: A-Levels - History A*, Government & Politics A*
Biography & Interests
After completing undergraduate and master’s degrees in History of Art at Oxford and Cambridge (respectively), I secured funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to complete a PhD at UCL, which I began in September 2019. Though my art historical interests are broad, my current research concerns the survival of Insular artistic traditions after the Norman Conquest (and in particular what women’s embroidery did to promote these traditions). When I’m not in the British Library or visiting Anglo-Norman churches, I enjoy re-reading Nancy Mitford novels, long-distance running, ballet, going to art exhibitions, and (watching!) tennis. As my family is from Aberdeenshire I also take every chance to escape to the Highlands for walking and proper macaroni cheese!
Experience & Approach
I come from a family of teachers and have always enjoyed working with young people. I spent some time working in the education department of The Wallace Collection, where I worked with children of all ages to teach them about the museum’s collection of art and artefacts. I subsequently spent six months working at an all-girls secondary school, in a supporting administrative role, assisting parents and students on a daily basis. Though much of my teaching experience has been with GCSE students (mainly helping with English, History and essay-writing), I am also enthusiastic about working with 11+ and 13+ students.
As a dyslexic myself, I am committed to the principles of mentoring; I understand well how frustrating class-style teaching can sometimes be, and know that often a little more time, encouragement and creative explanation from a trusted mentor is all that is required to feel confident in one’s abilities. I have seen first-hand the value of mentoring both in my own school and university education, and that of my two teenage sisters who are presently navigating today’s complicated educational climate!