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Peter Claus 

Access Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford


At Pembroke, Dr Claus is chiefly responsible as Access Fellow for a professional network of universities, schools and third-sector organisations that encourage pupils from challenging socio-economic circumstances to enter Oxford and other competitive universities. This ‘Hub’ model for widening access was launched in February 2017 as a collegiate initiative under the banner of OxNet. It is a regional and community based approach to attracting pupils from the lowest social quintiles to apply for the least popular subjects (and others) in Oxford, Cambridge and other research intensive universities.

As a former mature student, Dr Claus has a particular interest in pioneering teaching strategies that enthuse students from non-traditional backgrounds, international students or students from cultural or ethnic minorities. He has taught courses at every level, from school students to postgraduate.

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Michael Ohajuru 

BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), Senior Fellow Inst of Commonwealth Studies

Michael Ohajuru is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies with honours degrees in Physics (Leeds, 1974) and Art History (Open University, 2008). He retired in 2014 after a twenty-five-year career holding senior positions in international sales and marketing in the data and mobile communications industry, he lives in South London. He blogs, writes and speaks regularly on the black presence in Renaissance Europe, he has spoken at the National Gallery, Tate Britain, British Library, National Archives and Victoria, Albert Museum and other institutions on the subject.

Founder of Image of the Black in London Galleries a series of gallery tours highlighting the overt and covert black presences to be found in the national art collections in London. He is the Project Director and Chief Evangelist of The John Blanke Project: a contemporary Art and Archive project celebrating John Blanke the Black trumpeter to courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII. Michael is the co-convener of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies What’s Happening in Black British History series of workshops fostering a creative dialogue between researchers, educationalists (mainstream and supplementary), archivists and curators, and policy makers, now it its fifth year having held 10 workshops. He is also co-convenor the Institute of Historical Research Black British History seminar program. Currently writing A Guide to Black London to be published by September Publishing.






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