Our Team

Dr Vlad Mykhnenko

Academic Director


The Academic (non-executive) Director of the Oxford Study Abroad Programme is Dr Vlad Mykhnenko, who serves as Associate Professor of Sustainable Urban Development in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, and as Research Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford. Over the past twenty years, Dr Mykhnenko has taught and supervised undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students at ten different higher education institutions across the UK, Europe, and Central Asia. Dr Mykhnenko is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - the United Kingdom's top professional body committed to teaching, learning, and the student experience - and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Merit) from the University of Birmingham.

In OSAP, operating in a non-executive role, Dr Mykhnenko has overall responsibility for all aspects of the academic quality and teaching on our courses, including the effective development of teaching resources, students’ learning experience, and staff leadership. He ensures that our programmes are run smoothly and to the highest academic standards. More information about Dr Mykhnenko's background can be found here:https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/profiles/vlad-mykhnenko.

Vivian Jia

Programme Manager

Ms Vivian Jia is an experienced leader who has been organising educational programmes with continuous improvement over the past 10 years. She has extensive organisational experience in areas such a human resources and finance that ensure cross-team processes and management workflows that support excellence.

Dr Helena Cantone

Education Officer

Dr Helena Cantone holds a PhD in History of Art from SOAS, University of London with specialised knowledge in 20th century postcolonial modernisms in Africa. She has undertaken extensive work within cultural, heritage, education and charity organisations. As the education officer at OSAP, she provides professional services of administration support including monitoring, evaluation and reporting on teaching and learning; the development of pedagogy and the implementation of the curriculum and resources; auditing of quality and standards of OSAP courses.

 Dr Megan Price

Associate Culture Ambassador

Dr Megan Price holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Oxford. Over the past 20 years, she has been engaged in a lot of research work in the Oxford University Institute of Archaeology while giving lectures on language, history, culture and society for summer and winter schools in Oxford. In OSAP, she provides professional advice on the UK culture to help the international schools run smoothly and delivers culture-related lectures. 

As a result of Covid-19 two of our student affairs’ staffs are currently on furlough leave, who will resume their positions when the residential programmes will start up again. Student welfare and Health and Safety are of paramount importance to us. We understand that for most of the students this may be their first time away from home. Thus, in addition to our student affairs team, we also have a dedicated support team of college mentors during the programmes, who are Oxford undergraduate students that help students on-campus, around the city and during excursions. Moreover, we have health and safety regulations in place, ensuring our students have a safe and happy experience throughout their residential stay.

Meet Our Team

Student Affairs Team