Your Programme Officers

The Programme Officer team at the CSC Secretariat are the main contact point for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows both before and while on award.

The Programme Officer team at the CSC Secretariat are the main contact point for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows before and while on award. Your Programme Officer is named in your Notification of Award. You should contact them if you have any queries or difficulties during your Scholarship.

Senior Programme Officer

Sarah Wooley

Sarah is from Devon and graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Geography and an MSc in Social Anthropology. She has worked in a number of roles across the HE sector including managing a university scholarship programme.

In her spare time, Sarah likes to be outdoors running and hiking, and she also loves to paint.

Senior Programme Officer

James Goldsmith

James hails from East Anglia and grew up exploring the region’s scenic countryside. He graduated from SOAS, the University of London as a mature student in 2013, with a BA in Arabic and Persian. He has lived in a number of countries – including Jordan, Syria, and Australia – and has many years of experience working with scholarship students.

In his spare time, James likes wandering around the British Museum, trying out new recipes, and collecting vinyl records.

Senior Welfare and Immigration Officer

Jim Dale

Jim is from East London and is one of the ACU’s Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) level 1 accredited immigration advisers.

He studied history at the University of Salford, which included a one-year Erasmus exchange to Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. After graduating he was twice elected as Vice President of his students’ union and since then has worked in various student support roles for over 10 years, including roles with Chevening scholarships.

Jim is an enthusiastic but limited cricketer having played for the same club since 1995. He is also a keen football fan and season ticket holder at Leyton Orient along with his wife, daughter, and parents. He also loves quizzes, crosswords, and learning Welsh.

Programme Officer

Nathan Haigh

Nathan is from Manchester and recently graduated from the University of Manchester with an MSc in International Development: Development Management. He also holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York. Prior to his Master’s degree he took a year out from his studies to travel and gain experience volunteering and working for causes he is passionate about.

In his spare time Nathan enjoys indoor climbing, playing piano and guitar, and learning French!

Programme Officer

Jasmin Osman

Jasmin is originally from Finland; she moved to the UK to study for a BA in Development Studies and South Asian Studies at SOAS, University of London. After this, she completed a Master’s degree in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University of London. Jasmin previously spent an exchange year in the USA, living and studying in Michigan, and has also worked in Norway. She has previously worked for another UK government scholarship programme.

During her free time, Jasmin enjoys travelling, visiting museums, and exploring the countryside.

Programme Officer

Maggie Gonçalves

Maggie Gonçalves is from Brazil and has been in the UK for over 13 years. She studied Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban in London and started working in the education sector after graduating. She has worked at the University of Oxford and UCL, administering postgraduate courses and events, and with the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust coordinated the organisation of their Leadership Programme for graduates from over 20 countries.

Maggie is interested in international education and providing opportunities to all who wish to learn and develop. She is finishing a Master’s in Education and Social Change, focusing on economic migrants in Higher Education in the UK.

In her spare time, Maggie loves dancing, watching movies, eating great food with friends, and travelling.

Programme Officer

Ruth Mensah

Ruth grew up in East London and graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BSc in Business Management. As a student, she was involved in student led initiatives and programmes to create better educational experiences for prospective and current students.

Before joining the CSC as a Programme Officer, she worked in the higher education sector within programme administration and careers and employability. She is passionate about helping to create a positive impact and providing opportunities to individuals through education.

In her spare time, Ruth enjoys watching tennis, sightseeing, and spending time with family and friends.

Programme Officer

Selcan Yagmur

Selcan is from London and grew up in a bilingual family – her family originates from Turkey. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Airline and Airport Management at Buckinghamshire New University.

Selcan is fascinated by the aviation sector and after graduating spent time working in the field, where she gained a wide knowledge of different cultures. She is a passionate and keen believer in supporting individuals to achieve their dreams and make a difference through higher education.

When she’s not at work, Selcan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and exploring TV series and movies.

Programme Officer

Emmanuel Patterson

Emmanuel was born and raised in Hackney, East London and currently resides in South East London. He graduated from Middlesex University in 2015 with a BSc in Business Information Systems.

He loves football and supports Manchester United. In his spare time, he loves to travel, play video games, and engage in activities like crazy golf and go-karting. Emmanuel is obsessed with doughnuts!

Programme Officer

Esther Lumutenga

Esther was born in Kampala, Uganda where she spent her first four years before permanently relocating to the UK with her family. With a long career in academic support services, she has always been passionate about education and is inspired by her parents’ 60-year combined career in academia.

Esther studied a BA in Sociology at the University of Westminster with a year abroad at the State University of New York. Returning to the UK to complete a Master’s at City University and a second Master’s at the University of Bristol, both in social sciences.

In her spare time Esther publishes her photography work and engages in neurodiversity advocacy.

Programme Officer

Will Marsh

Will grew up in South London and studied at the University of Leeds, followed by a postgraduate course in Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He has previously worked as a teacher in London and loves sport, especially football, and supports Nottingham Forest.

Will is very interested in education and helping people and is very happy to be in a role that combines both.

Programme Assistant

Ugbad Elmi

Ugbad is a born and raised Londoner. Since graduating in 2013, she has been working in higher education across the biggest universities in London and with a range of departments and students.

She graduated in 2013 with a BA in Film Studies and an MA in Digital Media in 2018. She loves media and technology and has a passionate for education and student welfare. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, and travelling.

Team Assistant

Aryam Isak

Aryam has recently joined the CSC as Team Assistant.