Find out more about who is part of Parks College as our new community begins to grow.
Professor Lionel Tarassenko, President
Lionel is the founding President of Parks College and Professor of Electrical Engineering.
Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci is the first president of Parks College.
Lionel is a distinguished academic in the field of electrical engineering, and was head of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford from September 2014 until August 2019. Prior to that, he had been the driving force behind the creation of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, a research institute on the medical campus, which he directed from its opening in April 2008 to October 2012.
Lionel’s research interests lie in developing signal processing and machine learning techniques, primarily for healthcare applications. His work has had a major impact on the identification of deterioration in acute care and on the management of chronic disease. Lionel is also passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a director of the University’s wholly-owned technology transfer company, Oxford University Innovation, and has founded four University spin-out companies.
Among his professional awards and recognition, Lionel was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000, and to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. He was made a CBE for services to engineering in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List
Tania Boyt, Bursar
Tania is an Official Fellow and Bursar of Parks College.
Tania has worked at the University of Oxford for over 18 years, working in five departments across two academic divisions. She has an MBA from the Open University and is currently working towards an MSc in Human Resources Management, focussing on the management of generational challenges in the workplace for the older worker.
Tania is an elected member of Oxford University Council, and a member of PRAC (Planning and Resource Allocation Committee) and the Curators of the Libraries Committee. She is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Fellow of the Association of Accounting Technicians.
As Bursar, Tania is the college’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), and supports its academic objectives through effective management of the college’s finances, estates, investments and resources.
You can contact Tania for any enquiries about college administration, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catríona Cannon, Official Fellow (GLAM Liaison)
Catríona is an Official Fellow of Parks College, responsible for coordinating and promoting the partnership with the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM).
Catríona Cannon became Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections in December 2014. Before that she was Associate Director, from June 2011, having joined the Bodleian Libraries in January 2010 as Assistant Director. From 2005 to 2010 she was Head of Information Resources and Bibliographic Services Manager, Information Services and Systems at King's College London. She previously held posts in a variety of different higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland.
Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin in French and Latin with First Class Honours in 1990, she went on to complete an MPhil in European Literature at the University of Oxford in 1992 and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London in 1995. She became a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 1997.
In her current role, Catríona deputizes for Bodley's Librarian and has leadership and management accountability for libraries and learning spaces, special collections, the Libraries' research unit for heritage science, the public engagement programme, information skills training and liaison with the academic community. She is Co-Investigator of 'Opening the Edgeworth papers' and was Principal Investigator for the Centre for Digital Scholarship research project.
As the Official Fellow for GLAM Liaison, Catríona is especially passionate about promoting initiatives and relations that will harness and enhance the mutual benefits of partnership with Parks College. These include improved services, shared facilities, and knowledge exchange around specialist skills, public engagement and open science.
Mark Coles, Official Fellow (Cellular Life)
Mark is the Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Professor of Immunology in the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.
Professor Mark Coles moved to Oxford from the University of York in 2017, and was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in 2018. He is the co-founder of Simomics Ltd, a company founded to develop evidencing tools and computational models that can help businesses and other organisations make informed, and Lightox Ltd, a light-based therapy company.
Mark’s research focuses on combining experimental and computational approaches to understand immune function and translate the outcomes into human therapeutics. Further details are available on his departmental website.
Mark is a founding fellow of Parks College and responsible for leading the research cluster on Cellular Life.
Caroline Mawson, Senior Tutor
Caroline is Senior Tutor and responsible for student admissions and the graduate experience.
As Senior Tutor for Parks College, Caroline works with the President and Governing Body to develop the College’s academic strategy and ensure the college provides an enriching environment for all of its members.
Caroline is currently part-time seconded to the Senior Tutor role from her post as Senior Tutor with Wadham College, Oxford. She brings a wealth of experience, both from within the College environment, and from her service on a plethora of University and Divisional bodies. She is active in promoting better access across the University, both as a Disability Lead within Parks (and Wadham) and this last year as part of the University’s major initiatives group which formulated the Oxford Foundation year.
Caroline’s academic background is in Political Philosophy, gaining an AHRC funded DPhil from Oxford in 2000, and having combined this study with teaching across the colleges. After a short spell in IT consultancy she returned to Oxford as Fellow and Tutor for Admissions at Wadham College in 2002, taking on the additional role of Senior Tutor in 2007.
Within Parks, Caroline is committed to providing a supportive and stimulating environment for all its members.
For any questions about admissions and the student experience, please contact Caroline at email@example.com
Jane McKeating, Official Fellow (Cellular Life)
Jane is Professor of Molecular Biology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine and part of the research cluster on Cellular Life.
Professor Jane McKeating undertakes research to better understand early infection events that define cellular and tissue tropism of clinically important viruses. Her current focus is on hepatitis B and C viruses that cause progressive liver disease and can develop into hepatocellular carcinoma. She is working to identify new therapeutic approaches to limit viral infections and design improved anti-viral therapies. More details about Jane’s research can be found on her departmental website.
Jane holds a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship and visiting Professorship at Technical University Munich and was awarded the Founders Award for Research Excellence at University of Birmingham in 2015.
Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, Official Fellow (Environmental Change)
EJ is Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity and leads the research cluster on Environmental Change.
EJ Milner-Gulland is one of the founding fellows of Parks College, and is Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. Previously, she was Professor of Conservation Science at Imperial College London, and she has also held lectureships in Resource Economics and Mathematical Ecology. Her PhD, at Imperial College London, was on the wildlife trade, with a focus on ivory, rhino horn and saiga antelopes.
EJ is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, where she leads a team that undertakes a wide range of research, outreach and engagement projects, on five continents and in both marine and terrestrial settings. These include developing and applying methods for understanding, predicting, and influencing human behaviour in the context of local resource use in developing countries, and working with businesses to improve their environmental and social sustainability. Her team also works on controlling the illegal trade in wildlife and on designing, monitoring and evaluating conservation interventions in order to improve their effectiveness. She aims to ensure that all the research in her group is addressing issues identified by practitioners, and is carried out collaboratively with end-users.
As the theme lead for Environmental Change at Parks College, EJ is responsible for designing and facilitating a wide range of initiatives to harness interdisciplinary collaboration and outreach, as well as to embed an ethos of environmental sustainability throughout college life.
Chris Paton, Official Fellow (IT and Innovation)
Chris is a researcher in digital health, responsible for leading the college strategy for IT and innovation.
Dr Chris Paton is the Group Head of the Global Health Informatics Group in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health.
Following his training in clinical medicine, Chris specialised in Health Informatics and has led the development of a range of health informatics projects over the last 10 years in the UK and New Zealand. He became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics in 2010 and received his Executive MBA in 2011. His research draws on cognitive psychology and information science to investigate how new digital technologies are being adopted for improving clinical practice in low and middle income countries.
Chris is also the founder of the Health Informatics Forum, an international network of health informatics professionals and academics with more than 10,000 members. The forum hosts a large range of free online courses from leading health informatics professors with over 130 hours of online lectures.
Chris is currently developing plans for a digital innovation studio at Parks College, which will include state-of-the-art facilities to help students and academics understand, interpret, analyse and communicate the research they undertake.
Alison Stibbe, Communications and Engagement Manager
Alison is the key contact for external and press relations.
Alison is responsible for designing and delivering a communications strategy for Parks College to help establish its identity, build communities of interest, and engage with stakeholders both within and outside the University.
Alison was previously head of communications at the Oxford Martin School and the Blavatnik School of Government. She works part-time for Parks College, and also runs a strategic communications consultancy, Oxford Alchemy. Alison has a particular passion for the theatre, and outside of her professional life, she can often be found in a rehearsal room or on the stage with one of Oxford’s many theatre groups. Alison has a Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (a US honor society) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
You can contact Alison for any general, press or communications enquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org