Meet your Academic Skills Tutors

Your Academic Skills Tutors are available to work with you on a one to one basis and can help you develop your academic skills such as:
Academic writing
Structuring assignments
Literature searching
And many more…

If you are interested in having an academic skills appointment with your academic skills tutor, you can book it here. 

Trudy Waterton-Duly

Trudy Waterton-Duly

Deputy Head of Library Services (Learning and Teaching)
Remote Working

Hello, I’m Trudy Waterton-Duly and I am the Deputy Head of Library Services (Learning and Teaching). I’m a Chartered Librarian with over 20 years’ experience working in academic libraries, and my role at Arden University is leading and managing on all aspects of Academic Skills provision. I’m a great believer in the fact that with the right support, guidance, and encouragement everybody can achieve their academic potential. I also completed my MA Information Services Management whilst working and having my first child, so I fully understand the challenges of studying and juggling all the other commitments that life throws at you.  The Academic Skills Team are here to support you and help you through your academic journey at Arden University. 


Lauren Hamilton,

Senior Academic Skills Tutor, Manchester

Hello, I’m Lauren and I am the Senior Academic Skills Tutor based at Arden’s Manchester Centre. I have over ten years' experience of working in learning environments and specialise specifically in Education and Disability Studies. I am currently studying a Education Doctorate at Liverpool Hope University, with my research focusing around inequalities within Higher Education and its impacts on disabled students. As someone who currently studies whilst working full time, I am aware of the difficulties in transitioning (and returning) to academic writing and aim to support you in improving your confidence and making writing more enjoyable, whilst providing you with some useful hints and tips so that you can get the most out of your studies! No question is a silly question and I am always happy to help so feel free to get in touch or make an appointment.

Hannah-Freya Blake

Hannah-Freya Blake

Academic Skills Tutor, Leeds

Hi, I'm Hannah-Freya, the Academic Skills Tutor based in Leeds. I have several years of experience in teaching and learning support in university environments and I have a PGCE in Higher Education too. Before coming to Arden, I provided study support for disabled students, so I appreciate the challenges different students might face. I also have a PhD in English Literature, and my background is in creative writing - I have published some poetry and short stories, and my first novel is due to be released next year! Since my hard work is paying off and my life dreams are coming true, I'm determined to help students build confidence, develop skills, and realise their potential too. 

George Collins AST

George Collins,

Academic Skills Tutor, Berlin

Hi, I’m George and I’m one of the Academic Skills Tutors based at the Arden Berlin campus. My background is in education and I have taught several subjects, including English, German and Maths, to students of all ages and from lots of different backgrounds. A lot of my experience has been with distance learning in different contexts and so I am aware of both the advantages and the challenges that come with distance learning and studying. I love to spend my time helping others and I am looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about your academic skills

Mayowa Dada AST

Mayowa Dada,

Academic Skills Tutor, London (Holborn)

Hi, I am Mayowa and I am one of the Academic Skills Tutors based here at Holborn Centre. My background is in engineering, and I have taught several subjects, including Maths, Statistics, Coding, Sciences and Engineering, to students of diverse ages and backgrounds. A lot of my experience has been on face-to-face and hybrid (face-to-face & online) learning across various disciplines including social science, management science and engineering. I am passionate about using Social Constructivism theory (learning through experiences and reflection) and interactive learning techniques in addressing students’ learning needs. I am looking forward to contributing to improving students’ learning experience and satisfaction through holistic academic skills support.

Metin Esen

Metin Esen

Academic Skills Tutor, Berlin

Hi, I’m Metin, and I am an Academic Skills Tutor based at Arden University's Berlin campus. I have an MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and I am currently doing a PhD on English Language Teaching. My professional background includes mostly teaching English for Academic Purposes in the higher education context, so I am quite familiar with all the skills, especially in terms of academic writing, that someone studying in higher education might need. I enjoy cycling and long nature walks in my free time, and I am a devoted fan of J. R. R. Tolkien. I’d be more than happy to assist you in anything concerning your academic studies in our one-to-one sessions or workshops. Please feel free to make an appointment, pay a visit, or write an email!

Lisa Farrant

Lisa Farrant

Academic Skills Tutor, Holborn

My name is Lisa Farrant, and I am a Holborn-based Academic Skills Tutor (AST). In 2021, I completed my D.Phil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. My doctoral research focused on how radical environmentalists are using digital technology to spread their message and gain support for their cause. In addition to interests in cultural and media studies, I am passionate about working with university students to improve their understanding of academic discourse, as well as helping them to gain confidence within the university context. I have worked as a Writing Centre Co-ordinator and respondent, as well as a freelance ESL online tutor. More recently, I was a Programme Manager at the IIE’s Varsity College in Cape Town, South Africa, before moving to the UK, where I have worked as a tutor on Holmes Institute’s Pathways programmes. I am now happy to be a part of the Arden team. I look forward to working with you and improving your understanding of the world of academia!

Ya-chien Huang AST

Ya-chien Huang,

Academic Skills Tutor, London (Tower Hill)

My name is Ya-chien and I am one of your Academic Skills Tutors (AST) based in Tower Hill. I completed my PhD in Communication Studies from Loughborough University in 2007.  My passion towards culture and society has led me to a career in social research and international education. I was as a researcher at the National Centre for Social Research and the University of Kent, focussing on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as well as the European Union. Following that, I worked in higher education in Taiwan and Kaplan International College in London, teaching academic English and writing skills to students from foundation courses to pre-doctoral programmes. Away from work, I enjoy crafts, gardening and home improvement. Feel free to ask questions and I look forward to supporting you in your studies.


Martin Marguerie,

Academic Skills Tutor, London (Tower Hill).

Hi there. My name is Martin Marguerie and I am an Academic Skills Tutor at Tower Hill in London. I am here to support your academic writing skills. I have many years' experience teaching English and various other subjects like maths, computing, business, employability, academic skills and personal tutoring. I have worked in London for many years and overseas in Japan and Hong Kong for several years. Previous to working abroad I taught in Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. My original degree was in Design Technology and I am currently completing my doctorate in Special Educational Needs. I am very passionate about helping people and I look forward to meeting you and supporting your studies.


Christopher Moore,

Academic Skills Tutor, Distance Learning

Hi, I’m Christopher, and I’m the Academic Skills Tutor responsible for distance learners. I hold a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature and I am passionate about language and writing. I am the current holder of The Canterbury Christchurch International Poetry Prize and enjoy running workshops and 1:1s to support students developing their expressive and analytical writing. Before joining Arden, I lectured in English Language at a Further Education college, and I’m a keen (if erratic) tennis player and long-distance runner. I believe that academic writing should be clear, efficient, and – don’t laugh – beautiful. I look forward to helping you express your ideas with clarity and confidence!

Kevin Myers AST

Kevin Myers,

Skills Tutor, London (Tower Hill)

My name is Kevin Myers. I am one of your Academic Skills Tutors (AST) based in the Tower Hill centre. I hold a PhD in Sociology from the School of Sociology at University College Dublin (UCD) and an MA and BA from University College Cork (UCC). I have over 15 years of experience teaching in Higher Education (HE), much of which with various universities. As such, I have extensive experience supporting students in their path through HE, whether supporting post-graduate students or those returning to university after a long break away from formal education. My academic research interests surround meaning, mental health, well-being, mortality, grief, dying and all things subjective (earning me the unfortunate branding of ‘Dr Death’ by friends and family). I consider it a great privilege to support you here at Arden University and be available to assist you with your studies in any way I can. 

James Nixon AST

James Nixon,

Academic Skills Tutor, Birmingham

Hi there! My name’s James and I am one of your Academic Skills Tutors based at Arden’s Birmingham study centre. My academic background is in English Literature and Creative Writing, which has led me to studying for a doctorate in Creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. My research explores applications of the concept of hauntology within creative writing contexts. I have taught Creative Writing and Academic Writing to undergraduate students in the UK and the United States, in blended and online environments, with New College of the Humanities, Northeastern University and the Poetry School. In my spare time, I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the gentle art of folding clothes while people are still in them. If you have any academic skills needs or questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch or book a one-to-one appointment - I'm always happy to help you develop and progress in your studies.


Debora Quattrocchi,

Academic Skills Tutor, London (Holborn).

Hi! I am Debora and I am the Academic Skills Tutor based in the Holborn Arden Centre, in London. My academic background is in literature, languages and linguistics and I have long-term experience in online and blended learning and teaching, gained working at various HE institutions. The students I have taught over the years come from very different backgrounds and are often busy juggling family life and studies, so I am aware of how challenging working and studying at the same time can be. But it can also be exciting and rewarding! Do get in touch to discuss any aspects of academic skills you would like help with, I look forward to hearing from you!


Mariam Settas,

Skills Tutor, London (Ealing)

Hello there! 😊 I’m Mariam and I’m one of your Academic Skills Tutors based at our wonderful Ealing centre in London. I have been involved in the teaching industry for almost ten years now and have taught both here in the UK and abroad - Spain, Turkey and Morocco. My experience involves teaching General English courses, Business English and English for Academic Purposes in Further and Higher Education. In my previous roles, I have also coordinated and managed staff in Higher Education. I have a strong academic background namely in Law and Business including a Masters in TESOL and PGCert in Digital Pedagogy and Practices. In my free time, you’ll find me either travelling and exploring the world, learning a new language or playing basketball within a professional team of females where we have a healthy, competitive game. I look forward to meeting you at our Ealing centre and assisting you throughout your learning journey at Arden University. See you soon!