Past Clarendon Scholars' Council addressing the scholars
Credit: Cyrus Mower

Clarendon Scholars' Council

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 2021 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. 

Dylan Sherman, Clarendon Council President 2021

Dylan Sherman

Dylan is currently in his first year of a DPhil in Engineering Science at Trinity College. Dylan was selected as a 2020 Australian John Monash Scholar and holds a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) with the University Medal and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. Dylan’s research builds on his previous experience as a molecular materials chemist, investigating tailorable nanoscale multifunctional hybrid materials known as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Dylan is also a lawyer, having practiced as a corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz, and an experienced negotiator. Passionate about education, Dylan has been actively increasing access for regional centres to enrichment and STEM programs as a leader of the da Vinci Decathlon and with the National Indigenous Science Education Program. Dylan also specialises in teaching problem solving and creative thinking, having founded the workshop program Designing Minds, and as a multi-international champion Future Problem Solver. Alongside these pursuits, Dylan is a multi-national champion percussionist, enjoys playing piano and orienteers through seldom seen natural landscapes. Dylan is enthused about reinvigorating the Clarendon community in 2021 and looks forward to working with the 2021 Council to provide a huge range of fresh and unique opportunities for all as we navigate a new world.

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.

Ulfat Islam, Council VP 2021

Ulfat Islam

Ulfat is pursuing a Masters in World Literatures in English, and is at Trinity College. She read a BA in English and History at the wonderful University of Southampton, and was born and raised in Southampton. 

Ulfat is really interested in exploring literary, visual and artistic representations of migration, movement and ‘displacement’ in the wake of, and in our age of, global climate catastrophes and late-Capitalism. She is so incredibly honoured and so absolutely delighted to be the wonderful Clarendon Council’s Vice President and cannot wait to continue to work with our wonderful team and with all of our fabulous Scholars!

The Treasurer is responsible for managing the financial affairs for the Clarendon Scholars’ Association and the Council.

 Tobias Kawalec, Clarendon Council Treasurer 2021

Tobias Kawalec

Tobi was born and raised in Germany (and a bit in Poland) and is currently enrolled in the MPhil in Economics, living in at his college, Nuffield. For the 2021 Clarendon Scholars' Council Tobi has been appointed Treasurer, so will oversee and allocate the budget available to the different Secretaries together with the President and Vice-President of the Council, while simultaneously helping with the realization of our projects and events. Previously, Tobi served as the President of the Student Council of the Faculty of Economics at Goethe-University Frankfurt for two years. He aims to combine the knowledge he accumulated over those years with the expertise of the other Council members and scholars to contribute to the well-being of the Scholars' 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

Deland Chan 

Deland Chan, Academic Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Deland is a 3rd year DPhil student in Sustainable Urban Development from the United States. She worked professionally as an urban planner before returning to academia. She currently teaches in the Urban Studies Program at Stanford University and is a co-founder of the Stanford Human Cities Initiative to encourage cross-disciplinary approaches to urban challenges. Deland holds a BA with honors in Urban Studies and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University and a Master in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a LEED Accredited Professional and serves on the San Francisco Planning Commission. She is delighted to be part of the Clarendon Scholars community and looks forward to serving as the Academic Secretary

The Cultural Secretary

Taro Kobayashi

Taro Kobayashi, Cultural Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Taro Kobayashi, Cultural Secretary, is currently pursuing a DPhil in Music (with a focus on early modern devotional music in Italy) at St. Hugh’s College, having previously also obtained an MSt in Musicology there. Originally from Japan, he has lived in Hawaii and completed double Bachelors degrees in Physics (comprehensive track) and Music (guitar performance) from University of Washington, Seattle. Before beginning his research in music at Oxford, he worked as a physicist working on developing sensors and methods for natural disaster warning and seafloor geodesy.

The Community Outreach Secretary

Chané Kulenkampff

Chané Kulenkampff, Outreach Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Chane is a South African medical doctor currently completing her part-time Masters in Surgical Science and Practice at Oxford while working for the NHS. She is a Kellogg College student. And, she is very proud to be the Clarendon Council’s Outreach Secretary for 2021. Chane is passionate about outreach and hopes to help her fellow Council members make a big difference this year!

The Dining Secretary

Morgan Wade

Morgan Wade, Dining Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Morgan is the Dining Secretary of the 2021 Council. She is a second-year DPhil student at Hertford College, originally from Colorado in the United States, studying plant immunology and agricultural biotechnology. Aside from her obsession with food and organizing fun dining events for the Clarendon scholars, Morgan loves a good hike, a good book, and is always up for an adventure.

The Diversity Secretary

Ajantha Abey

Ajantha Abey, Diversity Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Ajantha is from Sydney, Australia, and is currently living in Keble College. He is a first year DPhil at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics studying Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases using stem cell models and always more than happy to talk about all things neuroscience! He completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science and Arts at the University of Sydney, majoring in Neuroscience, Latin and Ancient History, with Honours in Anatomy and Histology, studying canine dementia and regenerative medicine. As well as several years as a Research Assistant and in academic teaching, he has been involved in the sport of quidditch for a long time as a player, photographer, coach, club president and Board Director for Quidditch Australia. As Diversity Secretary, Ajantha hopes to make full use of how incredibly international Clarendon is and make sure everyone has the opportunity to meet people from and learn more about other disciplines, countries, cultures, genders, ethnicities, backgrounds, and more!

The Editor of the Clarendon Chronicle

Sarah Bowers

Sarah Bowers, Clarendon Chronicle Editor-in-Chief 2021

Sarah is an MSc candidate in Integrated Immunology and a member of Linacre College. She has a particular interest in inflammation and rheumatic disease and holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia, where she graduated with honours as a Wesbrook Scholar. Originally from the West Coast of Canada, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, ballet, and sharing her passion for science through outreach. Sarah is honoured to be elected Editor-in-Chief of the Clarendon Chronicle. In her role, she hopes to work closely with fellow scholars to highlight the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the Clarendon Community.

The External Secretary

Nicola Carotenuto

Nicola Carotenuto, External Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Nicola is a first year DPhil student in Medieval History. He has previously studied at the University of Pisa and at Scuola Normale Superiore, and has been an exchange student at École Normale Supérieure. He is Italian and is currently the Clarendon Council’s External Secretary, which means that he will foster cooperation between Clarendon scholars and recipients of other scholarship schemes at both Oxford and Cambridge. Nicola is the TedX representative of his college (St Hugh's) and the vice representative of his course. He loves rowing, rugby, classical music, reading, collecting coins and stamps, and traveling.

The IT Secretary

Dingmin Wang

Dingmin Wang, IT Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Dingman is from Fujian, China, and completed his master’s studies at Tsinghua University. Here in Oxford, he is a first year DPhil student in the Department of Computer Science. Dingmin is really into different kinds of sports activities – he’s been practicing badminton and swimming for the longest. He looks forward to serving as this year’s IT Secretary.

The Social Secretaries

Nishant (Nick) Chauhan

Nishant Chauhan, Social Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Nick is a first-year Earth Sciences DPhil at St. John’s College from India. He is studying the fundamental processes involved with calcification in the phytoplankton group called Coccolithophores. As one of our Social Secretaries, he is responsible for making your time at Oxford even more wonderful than it already is! He will be organising virtual and in-person meetups, pub crawls, and various other fun social events. If you have any suggestions, questions, or if you just want to make a new friend, please get in touch!

Kate Friesen

Kate Friesen, Social Sec. Clarendon Council 2021

Kate Friesen is pursuing a DPhil in Oncology working on oncolytic virotherapy at Christ Church. She is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (fun fact: it can get colder than Mars there!). In 2020, Kate graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Immunology and minoring in Physiology and Biology. Kate has also undertaken two research internships at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. She is very excited to be one of the Clarendon Council’s Social Secretaries this year, and looks forward to meeting everyone!

The 2020 Clarendon Scholars’ Council Officers

For the record...during 2020, the Council Officers were not listed on this website – an administrative casualty of the pandemic. However, they did a fantastic job in the face of unprecedented challenges, and we would like to thank them for their service.


President: Conor Keogh (DPhil Surgical Sciences)

Vice-President: Dalia Gala (DPhil Biochemistry)

Treasurer: An Goto (DPhil Systems Approaches to Biomedical - Statistics)

The Academic Secretary: Deland Chan (DPhil Sustainable Urban Development)

The Community Outreach Secretary: Thomas Evans (DPhil Sociology)

The Cultural Secretaries: David Augustin (DPhil Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research) and Michal Wojcik (DPhil Experimental Psychology)

The Dining Secretary: Serte Donderwinkel (DPhil Statistics)

The Diversity Secretary: Jasmine Chia (MPhil International Relations)

The Editor of the Clarendon Chronicle: Matthias Aengenheyster (DPhil Environmental Research - Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics)

The External Secretary: Hope Schroeder (MSc Social Data Science)

The IT Secretary: was vacant in 2020

The Social Secretary: Lorika Shkreli (DPhil Psychiatry)