Our tutors

Dr John-Henry Clay

  • Former teacher at an “Excellent”-rated London independent school
  • Former associate professor at Durham University
  • Published novelist
  • Expertise in university admissions process
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • TEFL-qualified and experienced in helping non-native speakers improve their English

Literature, history and politics have always been my three great passions. In fact, when applying to university I was torn between English Literature and Archaeology, and ultimately chose to study the latter at the University of York. I earned a First Class (Hons) degree, followed by an MA (Distinction) and ultimately a PhD in Medieval Studies – and through all my studies I never stopped reading voraciously and writing my own fiction.

Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

  • Multiple degrees and fellowships from both Cambridge and Oxford
  • University-level teaching at Oxbridge, Russell Group and Post-92 institutions
  • BBC broadcaster on both radio and TV
  • Book Beyond the Northlands chosen as one of the top 20 History books of all-time by The Daily Mail
  • Awarded the top mark in the UK for her English A Level

After leaving Cambridge with a double first undergraduate degree, a masters with distinction, and a PhD, I took up a postdoctoral fellowship in the English Faculty at Oxford, where I taught and researched for two years. Here, I also was in the English admissions team at one of the Oxford colleges, selecting and interviewing undergraduate candidates.