Meet the Team
Dr Monica Fernandes
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.
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 the College of Business, Arts and Social 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. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and 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.
Craig Johnston joined the ASK team in 2018 having taught academic writing at several Higher Education institutions in the UK, Japan and the United States at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a special interest in critical thinking, memorisation and reflective writing.
Craig is the ASK contact for the College of Health and Life Sciences.
Sandra Eyakware joined the ASK team in 2018, having taught academic writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at other Higher Education institutions in the UK. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has an interest in academic writing, dissertation writing and generally developing students’ writing style.
Sandra is the ASK contact for the College of Business, Arts and Social 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 Monica-Cristiana Hess
Dr Monica-Cristiana Hess (re)joined the ASK team in 2018, having previously worked at Brunel University London between 2015-2016. She has worked at different UK universities, supervising undergraduate dissertation projects and teaching on a variety of modules, including Research Methods and Statistics. Monica-Cristiana Hess is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her teaching interests include quantitative research and working with statistical softwares such as SPSS and AMOS. She has qualifications in Psychology and Education.
Monica-Cristiana Hess is the adviser for Quantitative Research Methods, Statistics, and SPSS and the ASK contact for College of Health and Life Sciences.
Dr Noel Parnis
Noel joined the ASK team in August 2018, having previously supported quantitative and experimental research at the University of Essex, and worked in the telecoms industry. An electrical engineer by profession, Noel has a Masters degree in Information Systems and Telecommunications, and a PhD in Optical Network design. He has worked on collaborative pre-competitive research projects, as well as having held various senior positions in industry in the area of technology strategy. His teaching interests include Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, as well as using technology to analyse experimental data. He is particularly interested in research on network design and mathematical modelling. In his spare time Noel enjoys watching and coaching football, as well as reading a good book.
Dr Noel Parnis is the adviser for quantitative research, Statistics and SPSS.
Lauren Wigmore joined the ASK team in 2019 as the Academic Skills Transition Adviser. She will coordinate and oversee the HeadStart programme which introduces new first year students from Widening Access backgrounds to the expectations of University and the study skills required before Term 1 commences. Lauren also manages the Peer-Assisted Learning scheme which is run across the University. PAL provides first year students with the opportunity to engage in sessions to develop their independent learning and academic skills. These sessions are led by 2nd and 3rd year students.
Lauren is the Academic Skills Transition Adviser.
Veronica Borszcz joined the ASK team in 2015 and is the Administrator for ASK and Digital Education Team.