Academic Transition Support

Most students beginning undergraduate courses in Oxford have no previous experience of studying at university level. Univ is pleased to have a significant Academic Transition Support programme (AcTS), run by its lecturer in academic skills and a small team of mentors. The programme is designed to help students transition to university and then provide them with ongoing support during their undergraduate programmes by equipping them with the practical skills they will need to meet academic challenges as they face them.

The programme provides study-skills support to all the college’s undergraduate students through three main strands:
• sessions in welcome week that all new students attend;
• workshops and seminars held throughout the year that all Univ undergraduates are welcome to attend;
• individual one-to-one mentoring on a self- or tutor-referral basis.

The programme also maintains a website with guides and links to other helpful resources. Univ students can find details of the programme online at

Meet the Team:

smiling woman with long hair wearing a black topDr Georgina Bartlett
Lecturer in Academic Skills
Georgina Bartlett is a music historian by training who completed her doctorate at St Hugh’s College, Oxford researching the intersections between stage music and street song in London around the turn of the nineteenth century. She has lectured at Oxford’s Faculty of Music, held a Junior Teaching Fellowship at the Ashmolean Museum, and was the Organising Tutor in Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford. She has tutored extensively at the university and has also worked with sixth-form students, teaching them the research and study skills they will need to succeed at university.

smiling woman with long hair wearing a purple top and glassesAlexandra Hibble
Academic Skills Mentor
Alix is a DPhil student in Experimental Psychology investigating visual pathways for human motion perception. She is looking forward to supporting students with their study skills, from procrastination & time management, revision & exam techniques, to essay & dissertation writing, and any other study skills in-between!

Chelsea Wallis
Academic Skills Mentor
Chelsea Wallis is a doctoral candidate in Law (Oxford) and English (University of Sydney). She teaches on the BCL/MJur and serves as PGR representative on the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Law Faculty. A former secondary-school teacher, Chelsea holds graduate degrees in law, economics, business, politics and international relations, music, English, and teaching. Her two research projects explore feminist jurisprudential and human rights theorisations of domestic abuse, and epistolary networks of literary collaboration amongst Victorian women writers.

smiling man wearing jacket and tie standing in front of two stained glass windowsLachlan Arthur
Academic Skills Mentor
Lachlan is an aspiring orthopaedic surgeon from Australia currently in Oxford completing a DPhil in Musculoskeletal Sciences. Outside of study, Lachlan enjoys rowing and long-distance running. He has taught a variety of topics in medicine and medical sciences over the last 8 years, with anatomy being his area of special interest. Lachlan is looking forward to contributing to the academic skills program at Univ.


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