A day in the life of a Wadham tutor

11th February 2014

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What makes up an average day for an Oxford tutor and lecturer? Dr Emma Cohen is Tutorial Fellow & Director of Studies for Human Sciences. Follow her day by clicking through the pictures below.

  • Emma checks her pigeon hole for correspondence

    Emma checks her pigeon hole for correspondence

  • Greeting a new student at Wadham Lodge

    Greeting a new student at Wadham Lodge

  • Tutorials take place in Fellows’ rooms across the College site

    Tutorials take place in Fellows’ rooms across the College site

  • Once students know their way around College, they make their own way to tutorials

    Once students know their way around College, they make their own way to tutorials

  • The hour long tutorial gets underway

    The hour long tutorial gets underway

  • Emma collects the next batch of essays for marking

    Emma collects the next batch of essays for marking

  • Making the most of the sunshine

    Making the most of the sunshine to mark essays in the peace and quiet of the Fellows’ private garden at Wadham

  • Emma collects her bike to head out to an Oxford pre-school  where a research project is being conducted

  • Emma’s doctoral student greets her at the local school

  • Discussing the processes and techniques involved with conducting behavioural experiments

  • Emma heads back to Wadham for lunch

  • Self-service lunch in the Fellows’ dining room (Old Library)

  • Informal lunchtimes are a good opportunity to catch up with Wadham tutors, lecturers and fellows

  • A quick coffee stop in the Senior Common Room

  • Back on her bike, Emma travels to her departmental office on Banbury Road

  • Office hour for MSc students is a drop-in time to discuss individual research questions, queries and problems

  • A chance to catch up on email and spend a little time on her own research before the next tutorial begins

  • Emma leads her final two tutorials for the day with her Human Sciences undergraduate students

  • Back to her room at Wadham to grab her gown ready for a formal dinner in College

  • Thank-you drinks in the Senior Common Room with student volunteers who guided and reassured admissions candidates on interview day

  • Emma sits with her Human Sciences student volunteers to enjoy dinner in Wadham’s magnificent Hall

Emma joined Wadham in September 2012. She is University Lecturer in Cognitive Anthropology and Director of the Children's Lab for Cognition and Culture within the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Emma's principal research interests are in the evolution and cognition of cooperation and social bonding. In recent research, she has been exploring the influence of accent and other social markers on children’s developing social preferences, the social bonding effects of group synchronous behaviours and exercise (e.g. drumming, rowing), and the cognitive factors influencing the transmission of culture. Most of her research is based in northern Brazil.

Click on the pictures above to follow Emma’s day and discover more about life as an Oxford tutor and lecturer.