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

Juliette Hargreave

Juliette is a south Londoner by birth and studied a BA in French and Spanish at the University of Leeds, which included a semester studying in France and a year teaching English in Mexico. She then returned to London to study an MSc in Scientific, Medical and Technical Translation at Imperial College London. Before joining the CSC, Juliette was part of the International Team at the English and Welsh Bar Council. She also previously worked at the British Council coordinating Spanish-speaking language assistants in UK schools. 

Juliette enjoys doing yoga, learning new languages (currently Brazilian Portuguese), and all things Latin American. 

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

Alex Beattie

Alex is from London and enjoys going on long runs to explore the parks and canals in his local area.

Alex’s enthusiasm for all things international development began after studying Sports Development at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he focused on the role of sport in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to the CSC, Alex has also worked for a UK-based Muslim women-led international development charity.

In his spare time Alex enjoys going to music festivals and attending England cricket games, when the British weather permits. Alex also enjoys reading and has an affinity for classic American literature of the Jazz Age.

Programme Officer

Irene Costello

Irene currently lives in Kent and is a Kent Greeter – a voluntary guide for visitors to Kent. She holds a degree in History, specialising in the interwar period. She has also studied Spanish and Computing at postgraduate level.

In her spare time, Irene enjoys doing MOOCs (massive open online courses) and spending time on her allotment.

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

Bisola Oyedele

Bisola has recently joined the CSC Team. Prior to this, she coordinated the delivery of international development projects, including governance and renewable energy programmes in Nigeria. Bisola has a keen interest in the role of education for facilitating homegrown prosperity in Africa.

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

Maro Ukpedor

Maro was born in Ireland but grew up in South East London. She is a 2022 BA Media and Communication graduate from Birmingham City University.

Whilst studying, she worked as a Student Content Officer, Student Ambassador, and BCU Sports TV Sports Reporter, and was a semi-finalist for the Sky Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2022. She is passionate about the positive representation of black women in education and media.

In her spare time, Maro enjoys dancing bachata and salsa, as well as going to see musicals, singing, and watching TV series!