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THE DIRECTOR'S OF STUDIES COMMITMENT TO YOU.  During your time as an undergraduate, you can expect from your DoS the following support:

Freshers: Directors of Studies organise induction for new students by:

  • providing introductory material, reading lists etc. in advance of students' arrival;
  • meeting new students at the beginning of the year to explain the teaching system in detail;
  • advising new students on learning procedures

All students: Directors of Studies advise students on University courses, facilities and examinations, arrange supervisions and monitor students' progress by:

  • meeting them at the beginning and end of each Term to advise on a programme of work and to monitor progress;
  • recommending and informing of University lectures, classes and practicals as relevant;
  • giving explanations about University, College and Departmental Libraries and IT resources;
  • liaising with the College Librarian to ensure that stocks of books are kept up to date;
  • arranging supervisions for College teaching;
  • monitoring progress from supervision reports;
  • warning students if they are neglecting their studies;
  • liaising with tutors where students appear to have problems;
  • noting and, where appropriate, acting on feedback from students on supervisors;
  • checking examination entries;
  • organising College examinations where appropriate;
  • informing students of details of examination results;
  • making recommendations on scholarships and prizes;
  • advising on possible postgraduate courses;
  • writing references as requested by students;
  • being available to any student who is considering a change of subject;
  • being available to advise students on any matter related to the subject, particularly if the student is in difficulty.

Supervisors: Directors of Studies appoint supervisors and monitor the standard of both College organised supervisions and those which are Faculty based by:

  • appointing supervisors and specifying hours of teaching;
  • instructing new supervisors in what is required of them and informing them of teaching courses available;
  • ensuring that supervisors discuss a student's problems with the Director of Studies as soon as they arise;
  • giving the Tutorial Office list of supervisors each term to ensure that they receive report forms and claim forms;
  • monitoring expenditure on supervisions

YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF STUDIES Your own commitments within a fruitful relationship with your Director of Studies include:

  • attending regular and one-off meetings arranged for you, including the DoS interviews held at the beginning and end of each term;
  • dealing promptly with correspondence from your Director of Studies, and with College and University administrative requests such as the enrolment for examinations, the Academic Self-Assessment Form, the Teaching Questionnaire etc.;
  • attending supervisions arranged for you having properly prepared for them, and giving as much notice as possible to both the supervisor, and the Director of Studies, of any unavoidable absences due to illness or other grave cause;
  • following the advice and guidance given by your Director of Studies on academic matters.




Directors of Studies in each subject are listed below. Note that:

  • The majority of our Directors of Studies are Fellows of the College, and their College room is indicated in brackets in their entry; "External Directors of Studies" are based elsewhere in the University, and are denoted by an asterisk after their name.
  • When more than one Director of Studies is in charge over the course of the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Term) of the Cambridge academic year, each DoS's term of office is indicated in brackets alongside the Tripos Part for which s/he directs studies.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Dr Rosalind Love* , Email:
Archaeology Dr Yannis Galanakis, Part IIA and IIB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38879, Email: (S2)
Dr Sheila E Kohring* , Part I , Email:
Architecture Dr Michael Ramage, Tel. +44 1223 3 30797, Email: (B05)
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Dr Noga Ganany* , Email:
Chemical Engineering Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Email: (MH3)
Classics Dr Yannis Galanakis, Part IB and II , Tel. +44 1223 3 38879, Email: (S2)
Dr Antonia Marie Reinke* , Part IA , Email:
Computer Science Mr Matthew T Ireland* , Email:
Economics Dr Charles Roddie, Tel. +44 1223 3 38887, Email:
Engineering Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa, Part IB , Email: (Dept of Engineering)
Professor Andrew J Flewitt, Part IIA , Tel. +44 1223 7 66594, Email: (R5)
Dr Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral, Part IA , Tel. +44 1223 3 30838, Email: (M2)
Dr John P Longley, Part IIB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38878, Email: (Y05)
Engineering (Manufacturing) Dr Veronica Martinez* , Email:
English Dr Deirdre Serjeantson* , Tel. +44 1223 7 61675, Email: (Montague 1)
Geography Dr Catherine Sumnall, Tel. +44 1223 3 38846, Email: (B04)
History Dr Bernhard Fulda, Part Prelim to Part I and Part I , Tel. +44 1223 3 38856, Email: (400)
Dr Tom Lambert, Part II , Tel. +44 1223 3 30816, Email: (JL18)
History and Politics Dr Bernhard Fulda, Part IA and IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38856, Email: (400)
Dr Tom Lambert, Part II , Tel. +44 1223 3 30816, Email: (JL18)
Professor James BL Mayall, Part IA , Tel. +44 1223 3 38816, Email: (K2)
Dr Mark Shirk, Part IB and II , Tel. +44 1223 3 38883, Email: (MH04)
History of Art Dr Frank Salmon* , Email:
Human, Social and Political Sciences Dr Robbie Duschinsky, Part IIA and IIB Sociology , Tel. +44 1223 3 38875, Email: (S5)
Professor James BL Mayall, Part I , Tel. +44 1223 3 38816, Email: (K2)
Dr Mark Shirk, Part IIA and IIB Pol and IR , Tel. +44 1223 3 38883, Email: (MH04)
Dr Rupert Stasch, Part IIA and IIB Soc and Soc Anth , Email: (S4)
Land Economy Dr Ozge Oner, Email:
Law Dr Fernando Lusa Bordin, Part Part IB; LLM and MCL , Tel. +44 1223 3 38865, Email: (X9)
Ms Hannah Saunders, Part IA and II , Email:
Linguistics Dr Andrew Caines* , Email:
Management Studies Professor Michael G Pollitt, Tel. +44 1223 3 38868, Email: (R04)
Mathematics Dr Wayne Boucher, Part II , Email: (Dept of Biochemistry)
Dr Berry Groisman, Part IA and IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 37033, Email: (X1)
Dr Sergii Strelchuk, Part III and MAST , Tel. +44 1223 3 38862, Email: (Blundell 100)
Medicine Dr Paul D Flynn, Part IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38804, Email: (H13)
Dr Sid Lawrence, Part IA and II , Email:
Medicine (Clinical) Professor Mark Gurnell, Part II , Tel. +44 1223 3 30867, Email: (JL15)
Modern and Medieval Languages Dr Stanley Bill, Part Year Abroad , Tel. +44 1223 3 38857, Email: (B7)
Mrs Natasha V Franklin, Part IA and II , Tel. +44 1223 3 39522, Email: (C04)
Dr Maria Noriega-Sanchez, Part IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 39522, Email: (C04 )
Music Dr Martin Parker Dixon* , Email:
Natural Sciences Dr Colin A Roberts, Part II and III (PDN) , Tel. +44 1223 7 68018, Email: (H13b)
Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) Dr Paul D Flynn, Part II and III , Tel. +44 1223 3 38804, Email: (H13)
Professor Mark Gurnell, Part II and III (PNB) , Tel. +44 1223 3 30867, Email: (JL15)
Dr Antony P Jackson, Part II and III and Pathology , Tel. +44 1223 3 38858, Email: (H10)
Dr Helen Leggett, Part 1A, II and III , Tel. +44 1223 3 38074, Email: (R1)
Dr Daniel Margocsy* , Part II and III , Email:
Dr Arun Pandurangan* , Part II and III , Email:
Natural Sciences (Chemistry) Dr Rohan Ranasinghe, Part IB, II and III , Email:
Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences) Dr Owen Weller, Part II and III , Email: (SH7)
Natural Sciences (Materials Science) Professor A L Greer, Part II and III , Tel. +44 1223 3 38836, Email: (X2)
Natural Sciences (Physics) Dr Christopher JL Doran, Part IA, IB, II and III , Tel. +44 1223 7 60973, Email: (JL14)
Dr Erika Eiser, Tel. +44 1223 3 38855, Email: (R03)
Philosophy Dr Milena Ivanova* , Email:
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Dr Emma Weisblatt* , Email:
Theology Dr Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft, Tel. +44 1223 3 39334, Email: (KH02)
Veterinary Medicine Dr Colin A Roberts, Tel. +44 1223 7 68018, Email: (H13b)

* indicates an External Director of Studies

Supervisions are at the core of the educational provision of the Cambridge Colleges, as a medium through which students learn to work autonomously, to learn with and from others, to argue and to present arguments, to handle problems, to question their own assumptions, and to meet deadlines. The essentials of this crucial dimension of your intellectual experience are spelt out in a Guidance by the Senior Tutors' Committee, which is made available to all Sidney supervisors in advance of each new academic year, and can be found online at  Its key provisions are reproduced here:


YOUR SUPERVISOR'S COMMITMENT TO YOU.  Students are encouraged to expect the following from supervisions:

• as far as is practicable, a full hour of teaching (provided that they have done the work expected of them in preparation for the supervision)

• to be taught in a reasonably sized group in which they have the opportunity to participate fully

• guidance about how best to prepare for supervisions

• to be set reasonable amounts of work and to receive constructive feedback on it

• their work to have been marked, with advice for improvement, before the supervision where this is the usual arrangement in the subject

• teaching that is relevant to the course and helps them understand the subject

• discussion of their questions and problems, with constructive comment

• respect for their opinions, and questions to be dealt with thoroughly and effectively

• opportunities to discuss with the supervisor, in privacy and in full confidence, any problems they perceive in the quality, relevance, or dynamics of the supervisions they are receiving.


YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR.  Students themselves may be expected to:

• complete the work set to the very best of their ability

• hand in work on time (and to ensure that they have agreed a deadline with the supervisor)

• turn up on time to every supervision

• contribute actively to the supervision and make their opinions known

• contact the supervisor in plenty of time if they are unable to make the supervision or complete the work set


CamCORS is the Cambridge Colleges' Online Reporting System for Supervisions.  Use your Raven login to look at reports that have been created by your supervisors to gain a clear picture of your progression through your course.

Link to CamCORS

Information for Supervisors

Information for supersisors can be found on the Colleges Moodle site including:

  • Set-up
  • Submittion deadlines and content requirements
  • Payment Dates

Bek Genery

Bek Genery

Room: H3

My name is Bek Genery. I have been a study skills tutor/experimenter for twenty years now, and I am now working with Sidney as the College’s new Teaching Associate in Learning and Writing Skills.

I like to work collaboratively, you are the expert on you, I am hopefully the person who can help you make sense of how you can learn. 

The college has bought me in to assist with academic skills. Not your individual subjects, you have cracking DOS and staff to help you with those.  I will be part of the tutorial team (Max, Celia, Claire, David, Gillian, Brett and Lucy etc..),

To give you a flavour of how I hope to work with you: if you are

·         A first-year undergraduate finding time management, exam revision or referencing a bit of a mine field

·         A second-year undergraduate thinking about the sort of independent study skills you might want to improve now you have received first-year feedback

·         A student of any cohort wishing to chat about study skills and dissertations (from line-spacing rules, to rules of citation, plagiarism, structuring of the argument)/exam technique

·         An International Master’s students are creating your first dissertation within the English academic system and wanting to talk through appropriate forms of English expression

Then feel free to book a session and come and see me: I can be contacted at; and also via the Learning and Writing Skills section in the Tutorial Moodle at, where there is a Scheduler for you to book in to see me during term in H3 Chapel Court.


Bek has put together some revision ideas for those taking exams in Easter Term and they have been consolidated in the link below:

Revision Ideas

The whole college works hard to attract to Sidney students from all backgrounds, who have the highest intellectual potential and the strongest passion for their chosen subject; we are correspondingly committed to ensuring that each of you, once at Sidney, has the best opportunities to fulfil your academic promise, and excellent support in doing so.

The key processes giving effect to that commitment are: 1) an effective working partnership between student and Director of Studies; 2) regular self-assessment and external review of the student's academic progress; 3) opportunities for individual student feedback through the tutorial system, as well as via student representatives on Council (and its standing Education Committee).

Two fundamental processes for monitoring academic progress and for gathering student feedback are a twice-yearly STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE and a yearly INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC REVIEW.


The main questionnaire is run in the last week of the Michaelmas Term, so that any problems arising can be addressed in good time for the start of Lent Term, without jeopardizing a student's progress for the year as a whole. A second Questionnaire is run just after students have finished their University exams, so that their feedback on the learning experience of a full year can be taken into account in planning for the next one.


Your Academic Self-Assessment in Part A of the student Questionnaire, together with input from your Director of Studies’, constitutes the basis of an individual Academic Review at the start of Lent Term.

- First year Undergraduates meet with their Tutor;

- Second Year Undergraduates meet with the Senior Tutor;

- Third Year Undergraduates (and fourth years returning from a Year Abroad) meet with the Master.


Following the analysis of questionnaire responses and the discussions in individual Reviews with students, all matters requiring action are discussed by the Reviewer with your Director of Studies and/or with the Senior Tutor; your Tutor will then inform you of the follow-up action taken by the College, and of its outcome. Additionally, a Report on Academic Reviews is discussed in Education Committee (where undergraduates are represented through the ex-officio membership of the SSCSU/JCR President and Academic Welfare Officer), so that any policy implications can be taken forward to Council for action.

Your feedback helps College ensure good teaching and direction of studies: the College Council and its Education Committee appreciate deeply your engaged participation in the Questionnaire and Review.