Xanita Saayman is a DPhil candidate at Lincoln College, Oxford. Her doctoral work is focused on the regulation of DNA repair pathways, to better understand how cells protect their DNA. Prior to beginning her research in Oxford, she studied Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. She has a passion for promoting access to education, and works with her departmental Athena Swan committee to support gender equality in STEM. To maintain some semblance of sanity, she enjoys playing racquet sports and piano, usually not at the same time.


Waqas Mirza is a DPhil candidate in French and English Literature at Lincoln College and a Lecturer in French at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. His doctoral thesis explores self-translation in Samuel Beckett’s novels. Waqas has previously held teaching positions at Swiss state schools, the Ashmolean Museum, and Lincoln College, where he co-organised Lincoln Leads in 2019 and in 2020. He is also the Executive Secretary of Uncomfortable Oxford, a social enterprise actively working to raise awareness and encourage discussion on the ‘uncomfortable’ legacies of inequality and imperialism in the city as well as the politics of memory built in its environment.

Academic Team 2018-2019

  • Simone Diego Fasciati, DPhil in Physics
  • Emily Glassford, DPhil in History
  • Angeliki Myrillas-Brazeau, DPhil in History
  • Brendon Neuen, MSc, Global Health Science and Epidemiology
  • Nuno Pereira, MPhil in Comparative Social Policy
  • Caspar Pfrunder, MPhil in Modern History
  • Andrzej Stuart-Thompson, MPhil in Modern Languages

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