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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Student Services Team

Tom Gallini

Student and Enrolment Services Manager

Tom has worked at the Bader International Study Centre since October 2014, and has a BA (Hons) in Classics and Theology from Durham University, and an MA in Religious Studies from Queen's University. In his MA research Tom looked at how non-heterosexual young people negotiate their religious and sexual identities, and used Queer Theory as a lens through which to look at this. He previously worked at the BISC as an Assistant Student Services Manager from 2006-2009, and after completing his MA was responsible for administering a pilot study abroad program at Queen's University. While doing so he also assisted in the running of the exchange program through the International Programs Office at Queen's University. He subsequently worked for the Associate Vice-Principal (International) at Queen's, and has briefed the U15 and Russell Group about the state of international mobility, specifically with reference to the UK and Canada. Tom also has experience as a parliamentary caseworker, aiding constituents on a number of social justice issues including immigration, and housing. 

Meg Chalmers

Interim Assistant Student and Enrolment Services Manager

Meg studied at Ryerson University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Counselling.  After spending her first year in residence, she became a Student Housing Services Liaison for two years working with first year students, parents as well as residence dons. After this experience, she moved to the department of Admissions and Recruitment working with prospective Ryerson students in addition to being the student representative for her program. During her university experience Meg was given the opportunity to work in her field as part of her degree. Some of her experiences included: working with Toronto’s homeless youth population, advocating for Native adolescent rights, working with immigrant youth as well as doing work and writing her thesis on teenagers being treated with life threatening illnesses in a paediatric hospital setting. After graduating from Ryerson, Meg worked at the Canadian Cancer Society as an events and fundraising coordinator and worked at the BISC in the academic year 2014-15 as a Studet Life Coordinator. Some of Meg’s passions include all things Disney , watching Downton Abbey , theatre and musicals (you may often hear her belting out the Les Miserables soundtrack) , The Hamilton Tiger Cats (not proper English football, but still), attempting to play the Ukulele , and camp! She is greatly looking forward sharing in the adventure of a lifetime with the students at the BISC!


Niamh O'Shea

Assistant Student Services Manager

Niamh has recently started at the Bader International Study Centre, and has a BA (Hons) in Human Rights and Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton University, and an MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. It was Niamh’s extracurricular involvements as an undergraduate student that led to her belief some of the most important learning a university student engages in happens outside of a classroom.  Since then, Niamh has worked at universities in Canada, the United States, and the UK, supporting students as they embark on journeys of discovery and growth. Although her background includes working with orientation programs, service-learning initiatives, and frontline administrative services, Niamh comes to the BISC most recently from Colorado State University, where she served as the Graduate Coordinator for Co-Curricular Leadership Programs. Niamh is drawn to communities promoting holistic growth and empowerment through experiential learning – and she feels the BISC does just that! When she’s not at the Castle, Niamh can be found watching movies, travelling, spending time with storytellers of all kinds, and promoting the merits of Celine Dion to anyone who will listen!


Student Life Coordinators

Remy Marlatt

Hello friends! Meet Remy; she is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She has been working in Student Services in different capacities since 2011. She has also worked for not-for-profits and volunteered to run her campus United Way campaign for two years.  Beyond being a business student, what makes her really interesting is her remarkable talent for avoiding flying objects (sport balls/ mosquitoes) and her love for curling up indoors with a good book and some tea. Hopefully, her sense of humour and awkward way will bring some smiles to you all throughout the year. You should also know that she is a fantastic cook (well she can only really cook Indian) so hope you like that. Her favourite saying is, “you do you” and Remy wants to remind everyone to stay fabulous.  Be warned… do not bring sequins, glitter, or anything pink in colour around her, or she will get over-excited and try to wear them all at once. 


Janice Niemann

Janice spent her first year of university at the Castle and has now returned as an SLC. She has her MA in English from Queen’s University and her area of expertise is academic support.  Janice has worked helping first-year students to transition from high school to university, helping first-year students facing academic probation get back on track, as a TA at Queen’s, and for three years at the Queen’s Writing Centre. When she’s not working in Student Services, Janice enjoys reading, snacks, Netflix, sunshine, board games, synchronized swimming, proper grammar, hot tea, warm blankets, singing and dancing, things being organized in alphabetical order, and bad puns. She tries to avoid movie talkers, bananas, rude people, drivers who don’t use their turn signals, spiders, icy sidewalks, and little dogs in little coats, with moderate success.