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Meet the Team

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 and is the ASK contact for Politics, History and Law.
Melanie Crisfield
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
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
Craig is the ASK contact for the College of Health and Life Sciences.
Sandra Eyakware
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 Noel Parnis
Dr Noel Parnis is the adviser for quantitative research, Statistics and SPSS.
Andrew Williams
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.
Charlotte Thackeray
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
Veronica Borszcz joined the ASK team in 2015 and is the Administrative Assistant for ASK and the Learning Technology Team.