Academic & Support Teams

Academic Team

Director of the Teaching Programme

NewellHi, I’m Mike Newell. I obtained an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature in 1997 from the Open University, whilst developing a career in senior management posts at Oxford Brookes University. Seeking a career change, I left Oxford Brookes University in 2009 and joined the University of Oxford in 2010. Between 2009 and 2010, I travelled and also earned my CELTA qualification to enable me to teach English as a Foreign Language. Having held some administrative posts at St Hilda’s College since 2010, I began teaching English to both European (from 2011) and Japanese students (from 2014). I find teaching exciting and rewarding and I am particularly interested in teaching Japanese students who are very committed and a complete pleasure to teach. Alongside me will be a team of dedicated and professional teachers who share my passion for teaching and making a difference to young lives. In addition, I am also a qualified first-aider.

Our Teachers

All our teachers are native English speakers, qualified to British Council standards (CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL), with years of experience in working with international students, in particular with Japanese and European students. Our teaching is led by the Programme Director, Mr Michael Newell, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, who has been teaching international students for many years and has always received glowing feedback from his students. All our associate teaching staff are native English speakers and are qualified to teach English as a foreign language with several years of experience teaching international students.

Support Team

Student welfare and Health and Safety is of paramount importance to us. We understand that for most of the students this may be their first time away from home. Thus, in addition to our academic team, we will also have a dedicated support team of college mentors, who are Oxford undergraduate students, to help students at the campus, around the city and during excursions. In consideration of the cultural sensitivities of various part of the world, boys and girls will be housed in separate accommodations, and junior school members will have dedicated supervisors. Moreover, we will have reasonable safety regulations in place, ensuring our students have a safe and happy experience.

Japanese students can join our Japanese only or international programmes. Our Japanese Liaison Officer will answer any questions from parents, schools and agencies by email or telephone in Japanese and assist during summer schools.


Managing Director

Dr M Sohail – a University of Oxford academic since 1991 and CEO of LibPubMedia Ltd – is the Managing Director of the Schools and will be responsible for overall administration of the programmes. Dr Sohail has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Oxford since 1995. In addition, he is the founder of an Oxford-based publishing company, Library Publishing Media, and an Oxford-based communications company, LibPubMedia Ltd, providing excellence in communications via state-of-the-art conferences, symposia, training courses, workshops, and publications and editorial services since 2005. Dr Sohail has also been the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of a number of scientific journals. With ample teaching experience for over two decades and in managing services for over a decade, Dr Sohail will ensure that the programmes are run smoothly and to the highest possible standards.

Admissions Secretaries

Admismissions will be looked after by two of our team members, Miss Arabella Sandoval, who has been an executive assistant with us for a number of years, and Mr Hasan Ali, who has first hand experience of working with young students and several years of experience in managing sites for our events.

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高い資格と資質を持ち、特に日本人学習者への指導経験が豊富な教師が指導にあたります。指導要領の責任者として、Mr Michael Newell(オックスフォード大学セント・ヒルダ・カレッジ所属)がチームを牽引します。Mr Newellは、長年に渡り、日本人学生への指導経験を持ち、学生から高い信頼を得ています。全ての教師は、英語を母語とし、外国人特に日本人への英語の指導経験を有します。

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