About the Education Office


The Education Office is the first point of contact for all student and teaching related queries for the Department of Life Sciences. We are responsible for the administration and smooth running of all teaching within the Department, both undergraduate and postgraduate, including timetabling, examinations and welfare. We have daily contact with students, academic staff, other Departments and prospective students. We have responsibility for all aspects of the student life-cycle from admissions through to graduation.

The Education Office is situated on Level 2 of the Sir Ernst Chain Building. The office is open Monday – Friday from 9.15am - 5.15pm.

Who we are

James Andrewes

James AndrewesEducation Office Manager

020 7594 5234

I oversee the day to day running of the Education Office and the Biochemistry/Biotechnology and Biological Sciences undergraduate programmes. I have frequent contact with academic staff and students on a wide variety of issues and am responsible for ensuring effective and efficient coordination of all undergraduate courses.

Spencer Cockerell

Spencer CockerellBiochemistry/Biotechnology Undergraduate Administrator

020 7594 5233

As the Undergraduate Administrator, I am involved in all aspects of the day-day administration relating to the Biochemistry/Biotechnology programme and along with the Teaching Office Manager help to ensure the smooth running of the programme. I am also the first point of contact for students and am able to help with queries about your studies. 

Jerzy Snelling van Buren

Jerzy SnellingBiological Sciences Undergraduate Administrator

020 7594 5399

As the Undergraduate Administrator for the Biological Sciences programme I provide efficient administration contributing  to the smooth running of the Life Sciences degrees. I am first point of contact for students and staff, fielding queries regarding all aspects of the Biological Sciences degrees. 

Kate Sharples

Kate SharplesLife Sciences Admissions Administrator

020 7594 5398

I am responsible for the administration of undergraduate admissions within the Department of Life Sciences; including organising departmental open days, and assisting the admissions tutors, throughout the admissions cycle.

Linda Giorgi

Linda Giorgi Life Sciences Examinations and Disability Liaison Officer

020 7594 5319

I am responsible for the Biochemistry/Biotechnology and Biological Sciences undergraduate examinations within the Department, as well as providing examinations advice and information to both students and staff, and supporting the Chairs of the Exam Boards. I also act as the first point of contact in the Department for undergraduate students with Disabilities, and am the person who will apply for special exam arrangements on a student’s behalf and facilitate their support within the Department.

James Ferguson

James FergusonPostgraduate Research and Doctoral Training Administrator

020 7594 6407

I am the first point of contact for prospective postgraduate students for the Department of Life Sciences, and the cross-Faculty BBSRC DTP and Wellcome Trust Programme. I am also responsible for the administration of all postgraduate research activities in the Department of Life Sciences.  

Lucy Barron

Lucy BarronPostgraduate Administrator

020 7594 1538

I am responsible for co-ordinating the administration of six Masters programmes based at South Kensington campus. I am the first point of contact for current and prospective Masters students and support the Course Directors, teaching staff and students to ensure the smooth running of the programmes.

Jennifer Bennett

Postgraduate Administrator

020 7594 2170

I am a Postgraduate Administrator based at the Department of Life Sciences School Office. I am responsible for the administration of three postgraduate courses; MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity, and MRes Biosystematics based at the Natural History Museum and MSc Bioinformatics at Imperial College. I support the smooth running of the courses, for the benefit of the students, the Course Directors and the staff involved in teaching.

In my role, I see the academic cycle through, from handling enquiries from prospective students and processing applications to organising enrolment and timetabling; from coordinating assessment and exam arrangements to convening course committees and exam boards.

Amanda Ellis 

amanda ellisPostgraduate Administrator (Silwood Park)

020 7594 2251

I am responsible for the day to day administration of four MRes and four MSc programmes based at the Silwood Park campus. I am the first point of contact for prospective and current students, dealing with all aspects of Postgraduate study. I also provide support for the teaching staff, and Course Directors, both at Silwood and our partner organisations; The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The Zoological Society of London and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.   

Dr Steve Connolly

Steve ConnollyUG liaison officer

020 7594 5360

Hi, please call me Steve. In addition to acting as the careers advisor for the department and co-ordinating its outreach activities, I contribute to the undergraduate study experience in general and, specifically, by co-ordinating activities like student-to-student (termed Peer Assisted) learning for the first year Biology and Biochemistry/Biotechnology students facilitated by their more experienced peers. My background as a former senior lecturer in organic/medicinal chemistry allows me to deliver teaching to the first year Biology undergraduates in related topics as well as providing advice to students as an academic Personal Tutor. I also contribute to the operational aspects of the degree programmes run by the department and participate in Open Day events by meeting prospective students and their families, besides presenting details of the in-house pastoral support offered on these occasions. The door to my office is very much open.