Meet the Team
Monica Fernandes joined the ASK team in 2012, having taught academic writing in Politics and History in tertiary institutions such as the Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her teaching interests include academic writing, creating and developing arguments and research skills.
Monica is the Head of Academic Skills Development and is the ASK contact for Politics, History and Law; Social Sciences as well as Media and Communication
Melanie Crisfield joined the ASK team in 2015, having taught academic writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels both in the UK and the United States. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and her teaching interests include dissertation writing, and developing critical thinking and research skills.
Melanie is the ASK contact for Arts and Humanities, Education, Business, and Economics and Finance.
Adam Carter joined the ASK team in 2016, having taught academic writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and gained experience as an EU researcher in Brussels after graduating from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his teaching interests include research skills and developing the academic voice in writing.
Adam is the ASK contact for the College of Health and Life Sciences.
Richard Bond joined the ASK team in April 2017, having previously taught English Language and Study Skills for Engineering and also taught Academic Writing. Richard’s teaching experience includes Australia, the UK, Vietnam and China. His interests include the effects of internationalisation on pedagogy and Academic Writing. He has qualifications in Economics, Psychology, Education (specialising in TESOL) and an MA in Linguistics.
Richard is the ASK contact for the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.
Dr Inna Namestnikova
Dr Inna Namestnikova graduated from M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University where she was also awarded PhD in Applied Mathematics. She has many years' experience of teaching mathematics at several Russian and British universities and joined Brunel in 2009. Her teaching interests include different areas of mathematics and her main research interests are in theoretical solid mechanics.
Inna is the adviser for Maths and Numeracy.
Dr Christine Pereira
Dr Christine Pereira completed her PhD in Operations Research at Brunel in 2009 and joined the ASK team in 2010. She has experience teaching mathematics and statistics at Brunel and her main teaching interests include quantitative research, statistics and the application of software such as Excel and SPSS to carry out statistical analysis.
Christine is the adviser for quantitative research, Statistics and SPSS and is currently on maternity leave.
Ben Peters joined the ASK team in 2017, having taught Statistics, Sociology and Economics in the US and China. He is in the process of completing his PhD focusing on the analysis of social phenomena across nations. His teaching interests include statistics and the application of software such as Excel, SPSS and Stata.
Ben is the adviser for Statistics and SPSS.
Andrew Williams joined the ASK team in 2015 as the Peer-assisted Learning Project Manager. Andrew’s role includes overseeing the design and implementation of peer-assisted learning schemes across the university including the day-to-day running of the programmes. Prior to joining the ASK team, Andrew graduated from Brunel as a student and has worked at the University since January 2014.
Andrew is the Peer-assisted Learning Project Manager.
Katie Osmon joined the ASK team in 2015 as the Transition Project Manager. She is coordinating an HEA-funded project that aims to improve the academic transition and experiences of students who come to Brunel, with a view to extrapolating good practice that could be used across the higher education sector.
Katie is the Transition Project Manager.
Charlotte Thackeray joined the ASK team in 2017 as the HeadStart Officer. She will coordinate and oversee the expansion of the HeadStart week which introduces new first year students from Widening Participation backgrounds to expectations of University, study skills and other University services before term 1 commences.
Charlotte is the HeadStart Officer.
Veronica Borszcz joined the ASK team in 2015 and is the Administrative Assistant for ASK and the Learning Technology Team.