Junior Deans

St Hilda's College has three Junior Deans: Ailish Saker, Brenda McCollum and Erik Hörmann.

The Junior Deans are available to advise on welfare issues. Students can come and chat about anything and everything in total confidence with the Junior Deans. Please ask at the Lodge for the assistance of a Junior Dean.

Ailish Saker

Ailish is currently studying for a DPhil in Criminology. Prior to this, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex (2012-16), before coming to Oxford to study for an MPhil in Criminology & Criminal Justice (2017-19). Ailish’s doctoral research focuses on the experiences of victims of non-recent child sexual abuse in football within the criminal justice system. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring all of the beautiful countryside surrounding Oxford, while attempting to find the best pub for a Sunday roast dinner. Ailish can be contacted by email or via the Porters' Lodge. 


Brenda McCollum

Brenda is a third year DPhil student in History. She graduated from Baker University with a BA in History and International Studies and then completed an MSc in African Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford. Her doctoral    dissertation seeks to create a communography of the Muslim experience of colonialism in the Kingdom of Buganda, which is today located in southern Uganda. When not working, Brenda can be found going for runs around Oxford's beautiful canals or reading a novel in a nearby cafe. Brenda can be contacted by email or via the Porters' Lodge.



Erik Hörmann

Erik is studying for a DPhil in Mathematics. Before joining the Mathematical Institute, he completed his undergraduate and Masters’ degrees at La Sapienza, University of Rome. His research interests are in the field of complex systems and focused on the interplay between networks and statistical mechanics. In his spare time, Erik enjoys searching for the perfect photographic spot and listening to opera. Erik can be contacted by email or via the Porters' Lodge.