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At Greene’s College Oxford, our academic pathways are designed to future-proof your education. Our modern, mature approach to teaching will prepare you for your future studies, a successful career, and beyond.

Rather than a radical reimagining of education, Greene’s has continued to rely on a time-tested approach, rooted in the Socratic method, for over 50 years. And it works. Our students frequently tell us they are miles ahead of their university counterparts because of the skills they have already achieved with us. 

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Education for the future

In his 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap, educational expert Dr. Tony Wagner identified seven skills that students must develop in order to achieve a successful, sustainable career in the modern economy.

Over a decade later, Dr Wagner’s insights remain relevant on both sides of the Atlantic, where an outmoded teach-to-the-test pedagogy endures. While the internet has made facts instantly accessible, learning how to think critically and analyse information is more important than ever.

Rather than a radical reimagining of education, Greene’s has continued to rely on a time-tested approach, rooted in the Socratic method, for over 50 years. And it works. Our students frequently tell us they are miles ahead of their university counterparts because of the skills they have already achieved with us.

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Learning without boundaries

Greene’s Online, our custom-built online platform, allows you to submit and manage your deadlines online. Here, you will also receive feedback and assessment results from your tutor so you can track your progress in real time.

Learning can take place in our colleges in Oxford, UK and Estoril, Portugal, or anywhere in the world.

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Your goals – our expertise

Each of our tutors has achieved academic excellence in their field and you can expect every tutorial to radiate this enthusiasm. Our tutors are skilled at conveying information in a meaningful manner and, with the help of our Personal Tutors, they inspire you to seek answers for yourself.

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Your goals ⁠— our expertise

CHRISTOPHER UPTON

M.A. (Oxon.), M. Sc. (Reading) – Chairman & Managing Partner

Christopher is a graduate of University College, Oxford. He gained an M.A. in Agriculture and Forest Sciences and an M.Sc. from Reading University in Agricultural Economics. His passion for education and the environment has taken him throughout the world, working extensively for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on rainforest protection in the Congo basin, and he has recently worked as a consultant to a local company researching effective pollination alternatives to the honey bee. Christopher regularly teaches English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning skills to younger students, and advises on applications to British universities. He is also the Chairman of the College’s Board of Governors.

 

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ALEX GRAY

M.Math (Oxon) – Managing Partner

Alex read for a Masters in Mathematics at Magdalen College, the University of Oxford (where he was a scholar) before going on to undertake research in Mathematical Physics, specialising, in particular, in the geometry of space-times that locally resemble doughnuts (known mathematically as *tori*). He has taught and tutored extensively at sixth form, undergraduate and Masters level. A passionate believer in the unique advantages of the Oxford tutorial method, he still tutors for the College whenever his schedule permits.

 

Alex’s educational research interests lie in the effective use of new and emerging technologies to support and enhance the learning process and he directs the development of Greene’s cutting edge, cloud-based student online learning resource, Greene’s Online. In his spare time Alex enjoys croquet, British polyphonic music of the early renaissance and hiking in the Alps.

MATTHEW UFFINDELL

M.A. (Oxon.), Cert. Ed. (Exeter) – Managing Partner

Matthew has an M.A. in English Literature and Language and received a major exhibition and an English prize from University College, Oxford where he studied. Since leaving he has had wide experience in teaching and organising academic courses for students up to and including university level. He has taught a wide variety of subjects including the History of Language and Literature from Chaucer to the 20th century. However his specialist topics are the English Romantics and Charles Dickens. He has also provided English language tuition and advice for businesses on the use of English. Matthew was a Company Director and a Director of Studies of d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford for a number of years and has lectured on English Literature at American universities. He has been an Assistant Lecturer at the Open University and continues to tutor when possible.

MIGUEL GAMA

B.A. (Faculdade de Arquitetura de Lisboa) – Executive Director

Miguel is the Executive Director of Greene’s College Oxford in Estoril. He is responsible for operational, financial and human resources as well as the commercial and business development of Greene’s in Portugal. He has a strong career over many years in the education field and developed several educational projects for the biggest international educational company in the world focusing on operations, marketing and sales development. He holds a degree in Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa. Miguel was born and raised in Cascais and is currently living with his wife and four children in Estoril.

GRANT CONNOR

M.Phil (Oxon), B.A. (Hons) (Oxon) – Academic Director

Grant is the Academic Director of the College and is based at 45 Pembroke Street. He is a graduate of Magdalen College, the University of Oxford, where he studied Philosophy and Modern Languages (French). Grant’s academic interests are varied, but he specialises in the literature and thought of the early modern and modern periods, with especial focus on the development in French literary form (cultivated, in part, over his time at l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne). As a linguist he naturally has a strong interest in translation theory, linguistics and stylistics in a formal academic setting. An accomplished philosopher, Grant took his M.Phil. also from the University of Oxford specialising in pre- and post-structuralist French literary theory and criticism, during the 19th and 20th centuries.

BECKY SIMPSON

M.A. (Oxon.) – Director of Studies

Becky Simpson is the College’s Director of Studies. Hugely experienced working within a close college community both on the pastoral side and in a number of varied and effective teaching and leadership roles, Becky brings to Greene’s the valued knowledge of an educator skilled in a broad range of effective teaching methodologies. Becky received an M.A. from the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall) in English Language and Literature. Having left university, Becky was appointed as English teacher at Bryanston School, Dorset, and as a Personal Tutor, responsible for the welfare of a number of pupils at the school. She later became a Housemistress at the school, overseeing the welfare of 60-70 girls in a boarding house with careful monitoring of their social, academic and emotional wellbeing.

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