Meet our Student Support team


17th Nov 2017


Online study

Our Student Support team are here for you! As a University of Essex Online student, your dedicated Student Adviser is your mentor and first point of contact throughout your course.

Want to learn more about the team (and pick up a few top tips)? Read on…


Matt Tamplin – Head of Student Support

Recommended book: ‘The Five People You Meet In Heaven’, Mitch Albom. Beautiful, thought-provoking story – and it’s short which is a bonus! For a longer read – the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series is epic.

Favourite holiday destination: Ecuador. An amazing country; small but packed with Amazon rainforest, cloudforest, the Andes mountains, the Pacific coastline, and it’s the gateway to the unique Galapagos Islands.

Recommended page on the VLE:  The Student Lounge: Get to know your fellow students; chat about the course and your everyday lives; and you might even make a friend or two!


Robert Hutchinson – Undergraduate Team Leader

Feel good song: ‘It’s not unusual’ – Tom Jones

Favourite holiday destination: Easter Island. As close to paradise as you can get. One of the few places in the world where you can see wild horses running past you on the beach.

Recommended page on the VLE:  Refer a Friend. If you’re enjoying your course then why not encourage a friend to get on board as well? You can receive a £500 tuition fee reduction!


Rebekah Lewis – Postgraduate Team Leader

Feel good song: Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song

Interests: Baking, piano, travel, languages, salsa, swimming, wine and food

Recommended page on the VLE: The Online Library Index. A really useful quick reference list of suggested wider reading for each and every module on your course.


Megan Mclean- Student Support Adviser

Feel good song: Walking on Sunshine, by Katrina and The Waves

Movie quote: ‘Ogres are like onions!’ (Shrek)

Recommended page on the VLE: The Home Page! Make sure you take time to check out the different banners on the home page that link to a range of ever-changing pages useful to your studies.


Stephen Frost – Student Support Adviser

Phobia: Claustrophobia – I hate the idea of being so closed in I can’t move!

Interests and Hobbies: Adventure races, anime, comics, gaming, and British Military Martial Arts. Am currently on my 10th belt, and I am an instructor for kids classes which is great fun.

Recommended page on the VLE:  STAR (Student and Tutor Academic Resources). Fantastic section of the learning platform which includes advice on research skills, academic writing, and the study skills and personal development library.


Robert Jackson – Student Support Adviser

Phobia: Rollercoasters and boardgames

Favourite holiday destination and why: Slovenia – Amazing scenery, nice locals and unusual destination

Recommended page on the VLE: The Moodle User Guide.


Barry Phillips – Student Support Adviser

‘Pickmeup’/feel good Song: (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson. (It was our first song at my wedding!)

Favourite holiday destination and why: Hoi An, Vietnam. I went there for part of my honeymoon. It is an amazingly preserved ancient town based around a canal system, and French Colonial architecture. It feels like another planet.

Recommended page on the VLE: The Zoom! User Guide  – a really useful guide on how to best use the Zoom platform for your live Q&A sessions with your tutors.


Sara Garnett – Student Support Adviser

Motivational quote: “Hakuna matata!” – Timon and Pumbaa, The Lion King

Recommended book: “An astronaut’s guide to life on Earth: Life lessons from space”, by Chris Hadfield. It’s both uplifting and inspiring – I’d love to be an astronaut!

Recommended page on the VLE: Always be sure to check the ‘Q&A Timetable’ section in your modules, for the dates and times of your live sessions with your tutor!


Amy Charlton – Student Support Adviser

Motivational quote: “The ones that are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are often the ones that do” – Steve Jobs

Interests: Spending time with my partner and our two Jack Russell’s, Belle and Millie, and anything that gets my adrenaline going; rollercoasters, skydiving, etc!

Recommended page on the VLE: Check out the Department Forums to keep up to date with developments on your programme and interact with your head of Faculty and peers!


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