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Dr Karen Ottewell

Positions:

  • Director of Academic Development & Training for International Students (ADTIS)
  • Fellow & Tutor of Lucy Cavendish College
  • Senior Member of Wolfson College
  • Part-time Graduate at Emmanuel College
  • Junior Pro-Proctor
  • Reviewer for ISEJ

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)35004
Email: ko201@cam.ac.uk

Dr Karen Ottewell

Profile

Karen is the Director of the Academic Development and Training for International Students section of the Language Centre which provides training and support to assist international students at the University in further developing and honing the skills required to succeed in an English-speaking academic context.
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Helen Milton

Position:

  • Administrator, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)30914
Email: adtis@langcen.cam.ac.uk

Helen Milton

Profile

Helen joined the Language Centre in 2011 and is responsible for all administrative support for the ADTIS section. This includes the organisation and enrolment of students on the Pre-Sessional and In-Sessional programmes. She is also responsible for administering numerous language assessments including those required as part of the graduate application process for admission to the University.

Previously, Helen has also worked at the MBA Admissions Office, Judge Business School and the Department of Haematology, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. She has gained over 10 years administrative experience at the University of Cambridge.

During her spare time Helen enjoys attending live music events and relaxing with a long stroll in the countryside.


Dr Kate Daniels

Position:

  • Senior Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(7)46504
Email: kvmd2@cam.ac.uk

Dr Kate Daniels

Profile

Kate’s ADTIS experience goes back to 1997, when she began teaching academic writing and research skills to international students at SOAS, University of London, where she was studying for her PhD in Modern Arabic Literature. She then joined the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she held the Mellon Fellowship in the Modern Middle East and for eight years lectured in Arabic language and literature. She has held a Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College and is a Senior Member of Newnham College, where she acts as Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and is a Special Supervisor in Arabic.

In her current role, she teaches on the pre-sessional and in-sessional ADTIS courses and offers workshops and supervisions to international students across all disciplines. She assesses applicants to Cambridge’s International Summer Schools and leads and co-ordinates its CEAP summer programme. In addition, she is the creator and provider of a suite of Personal and Study Skills (PASS) workshops, and is currently developing online learning materials to assist international students’ transition to UK higher education.

After graduating with a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Exeter University, Kate’s first job was as a newspaper editor for an English-language weekly in Jordan, after which she held various academic editorial and research assistant posts. She has worked as a researcher, translator and consultant for an award-winning Channel 4 short film on the Palestinian film archive, and as a language consultant for Oxford University Press. She has published extensively on academic and non-academic subjects.

A qualified psychotherapist, Kate has worked as a counsellor with a family centre in Norfolk and at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service, where she offered support to students experiencing study, welfare and personal difficulties. A keen (if amateur) medievalist, she ranks herself as among the Eastern region’s top ten experts on the Hanseatic port-town of King’s Lynn, and writes sporadic blog entries on perfume and its cultural history.


Dr Simon Atkinson

Position:

  • Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)35348
Email: spa29@cam.ac.uk

Dr Simon Atkinson

Profile

On the Pre-Sessional course Simon teaches postgraduate students who are just about to start studying at the University, helping them prepare for challenge of studying in a foreign culture. On the In-Sessional course, he supervises undergraduates, postgraduates and post-docs from all Cambridge departments and colleges, although he specialises in teaching scientists. He has also been the main teacher on short academic English courses for visiting Chinese university students run by the China UK Development Council. Outside the Language Centre, he supervises undergraduates at Gonville and Caius College in academic skills.

Before taking up his Language Centre post in 2009, Simon taught English for Academic Purposes in other UK institutions, primarily SOAS, University of London. He also taught for a year in Wuxi, China, preparing students for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of New England, Australia.

Simon graduated in 1993 from the University of Leicester with a BSc degree that was three quarters physics (including astrophysics) and one quarter physical geography. After that, he moved to the University of Salford, where he gained an MSc in environmental management, and a PhD on environmental management in the electricity industry. He then worked as a journalist for over 4 years on The ENDS Report, the leading UK journal of environmental management and business, before starting teaching Academic English.

Outside of work, Simon is a keen student of yoga, which takes him around the UK and beyond, often on his fold up bicycle. He maintains a keen interest in Indian philosophy, especially medieval hatha yoga, and he is confident that he is setting new records for being the slowest learner of Sanskrit on the planet.


Dr Clare Lynch

Position:

  • Teaching Officer, Academic Development and Training for International Students

Contact Information

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Dr Clare Lynch

Profile

Clare Lynch teaches on the Pre-Sessional course, helping postgraduate students prepare for academic study at the University. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Language from the University of Manchester, an MA in English Literature and Language Before 1525 from King’s College, London, and a PhD in Old English Poetry from University of Cambridge. Having developed an interest in Law, she was also recently awarded an LLM (distinction) from Birkbeck College, London.

When Clare is not teaching at the Language Centre, she is the founder and CEO of Doris and Bertie, a team of writers that works with anyone who needs to write as part of their job. Over the years, she has helped senior executives at a wide range of businesses and governmental organisations communicate their ideas engagingly and persuasively. She has also designed and delivered workshops on effective business communications at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Clare is the author of the popular blog, Good Copy, Bad Copy, which provides advice and humorous commentary on all aspects of business writing. In her spare time, she plays the flute and is learning Italian.