The Council’s goal is to foster a positive, stimulating and inspiring academic community which serves as a launch pad for the future.
The Clarendon Scholars’ Council is at the heart of the Clarendon community and vital to the ongoing success of the scholarships. The Clarendon Scholars’ Council is made up of a number of annually elected positions and includes the Official Member, a permanent representative from the University. The Council is, by resolution, responsible for advancing the Clarendon Scholars’ Association objectives and the management of the allocated funding. Their primary role is to help facilitate the activities of the Clarendon Scholars’ Association by organising a range of events across the year.
To find out more about the 2019 Council please see their bios.
The President is the elected leader of the Clarendon Scholars’ Association and the Clarendon Scholars’ Council. The President is responsible for the development of the Council's vision and goals, overseeing its activities, and serving as the public face of the Council.
St Hugh's College
Serte is a Dutch mathematics student and is the President of the Clarendon Council. She is studying for a DPhil in probability theory and is specifically interested in random networks. In her spare time she enjoys running and cooking for friends. She looks forward to seeing you at the many events organised by the great council.
The Vice-President is responsible for the discharge of the regulations, management of Council and the Clarendon Scholars’ Association administration as well as providing support to the President in achieving the Council’s goals.
Coming from the beautiful city of Modena (Pavarotti, balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano, Ferrari, and so on), Alessandro spent his undergraduate years between studying a BSc in Chemistry, doing CrossFit workouts, and serving Italian pasta over the weekends in local restaurants. Sincere, laidback, curious, geek, architecture, belieber, with a finest touch of Italian humour, appassionate of the Great Beauty and the Great Gatsby, my life, old sport, my life.. has to be like this... it has to keep going up. To be continued...
The Treasurer is responsible for managing the financial affairs for the Clarendon Scholars’ Association and the Council.
The Secretaries are each responsible for different social and academic aspects for the Council. The key goal is to drive a connection between members of the Clarendon Scholars’ Association.
The Academic Secretary
MSt World Literatures in English
United States of America
Ali is the Academic Secretary of next year’s council. Originally from Philadelphia, she did her undergraduate degree in political and social theory. Ali is currently at Exeter studying for a Master's in the English faculty; her research interests include aesthetics, social epistemology, and hermeneutics. She likes most good things, like music, the outdoors, and quality food and time with curious people.
The Cultural Secretaries
MSc(Res) Musculoskeletal Sciences
Irene is a South African/Australian currently pursuing her Master’s in Musculoskeletal Science (Res). She is a biomedical engineer with a keen interest in surgical implant design to improve healthcare. Her current research is on the Oxford Unicompartmental Knee Replacement implant based at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre (OOEC). Together with Vanessa, she will be your Cultural Secretary.
The Community Outreach Secretary
After also having done his undergraduate degree at Oxford, Andreas is now a third year DPhil student in Pathology (Lincoln College). He was Dining Secretary on the 2017 Clarendon Council and is excited to now serve as the 2019 Outreach Officer. Originally from Germany, Andreas loves playing and watching football, listening to music (especially J. S. Bach), reading history books, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
The Editor of the Clarendon Chronicle
DPhil Environmental Research (NERC DTP) - Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics
Matthias is a second year DPhil student from Germany in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. He is using climate models and observations to understand how the world’s oceans are warming due to climate change. He likes to move around, having previously studied in Bremen (Germany), Utrecht (The Netherlands), and for shorter periods in the US, Canada and Norway, doing all kinds of exiting (climate-)physics related work. Matthias is a member of Wolfson College, where in the early mornings he can be found rowing, whereas in the evenings he is more likely to be found in the Chapel Choir of Wadham College. Besides, he enjoys history, photography, bike rides and meeting different people. He hopes to use his role in the Clarendon Council to work for the community of scholars, provide interesting stimuli, and connect between them and to the outside world.
The Diversity Secretary
DPhil Women's and Reproductive Health
Shiyan is a first year DPhil student in Women’s and Reproductive Health at Lincoln College. She completed her five-year MBBS in Medicine in China, and her MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London. Her primary research project is about helping pre-puberty boys who have cancer to preserve their fertility. She is going to use nanoparticles and exosomes to improve the culture of testicular tissue in vitro. When she is free from the lab, she enjoys Chinese calligraphy, travelling and reading. She feels privileged to be part of the Clarendon community and is very much looking forward to serving the council as diversity secretary. She believes that diversity is important to a healthy academic environment, and she will do her best to promote gender, social and cultural diversity.
The Dining Secretary
MSt English (1550-1700)
United States of America
Victoria Pipas is studying for the MSt in English Literature 1550-1700. She is excited to serve as the 2019 Clarendon Council Dining Secretary, in which position she looks forward to proposing the idea of themed formals at different Oxford colleges, or formals with fun conversation-starting topics on hand. Victoria is from New Hampshire in the USA, and in her spare time she loves cross-country skiing, hiking, running around with her dog, and making salad and drinking wine with friends.
The External Secretary
DPhil Classical Languages and Literature
United States of America
Katherine holds a BA in Classics from Columbia University, an MPhil in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and is currently a first-year D-Phil student in the Classics Faculty at Oxford. She has previously been on the Access and Outreach Committee in the Classics Faculty at Cambridge, and has held outreach positions for an NGO tackling issues surrounding antiquities trafficking. She is excited to be this year’s External Secretary.
The IT Secretary
DPhil Biomedical Imaging (EPSRC & MRC CDT) - Engineering
Emma is a medical physics student from Ontario, Canada. Here in Oxford, she is a DPhil student in Medical Imaging at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Emma appreciates a good book, music, and time outdoors. Most of all, Emma loves enjoying food with friends, and was the Clarendon Dining Secretary in 2018. She looks forward to serving the Clarendon scholars group again as IT Secretary in 2019.
The Social Secretaries
DPhil Management Studies
Green Templeton College
Beata was born in Warsaw, Poland. Her passion for economics and financial markets developed at Warsaw School of Economics and brought her through the Bocconi University in Milan to the City of London. Firm believer in the ability of university education to empower individuals and to eradicate social inequalities, Beata opted for taking a chance on a career in academia and decided to pursue a DPhil in Financial Economics at Said Business School. In her free time she enjoys rowing, travelling, photography, and learning foreign languages. Beata is delighted to be part of the Clarendon Scholars community. She served as the Community Outreach Secretary on the 2018 Clarendon Council and is looking forward to sharing the role of the Social Secretary this year.
DPhil Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications (EPSRC CDT)
The Queen's College
Toni is a third year DPhil student in mathematics and is conducting research in the are of Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations. Before coming to Oxford, he has moved around in Germany quite a bit (B.Sc. in Physics in Potsdam near Berlin, MSc in Mathematical Physics in Munich, some research in Osnabrück). During those years, he also developed his love for music, dancing, and theatre and engaged in access projects, currently with the Oxford Opera Society, to spread the love for opera and to reduce the impression of it being elitist and too posh. He also plays the viola in the Oxford Millennium Orchestra. After serving as Cultural Secretary in 2018, he is exited to share the role of Social Secretary in 2019.