Catholic Distance-Learning for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy & Religious Education
Catholic Distance-Learning for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy & Religious Education
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Rita Bannister P.G.Cert in Professional Practice (Higher Education Administration & Management); Member of the Association of University Administrators.
Responsibilities: Academic Registrar
Telephone: +44 (0)121 325 2410 or +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 141
After 23 years working for a large retailer Rita sought a change of career and first brought her skills in project management and quality administration to the role of Academic Registrar for Maryvale Institute in 2004. In 2006 she achieved a postgraduate certificate in Professional Practice (Higher Education Administration and Management), through the Association of University Administrators. After working as Academic Registrar for 8 years she left the Institute for two years and gained additional valuable experience of quality assurance and enhancement processes in a mainstream University. On her return to Maryvale in April 2014 this experience helped to guide the Institute through a period of intense review. With oversight of the Institute's regulatory, quality enhancement and administrative procedures, she enjoys meeting students and finding ways to support them in their studies; helping to provide a quality student experience.
Sr. Dominic Marie Anoshiri BA
Responsibilities: F.E. Administrative Secretary
Telephone: +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 112
Sr. Dominic Marie Anoshiri is a Catholic Nun; she belongs to the Religious Institute of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, Nigeria (www.ihmmcsisters.org). She was sent by her Religious Order to render services to God at Maryvale Catholic Institute in the Further Education department. She gained a Diploma in English and Communication, BA in English & Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and a Personal Assistant Diploma in the United Kingdom.
Responsibilities: Undergraduate Academic Administrator for the Bachelor of Divinity & BA Philosophy Programmes
Telephone: +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 148
With a background in ICT and Education, Angela is a graduate teacher and so brings a wide-range of experiences from being a student, learner, teacher and working within these areas.
Angela's educational baqckground is in Further Education and she qualified as a teacher initially gaining the Certificate in Further Education Teaching 7407, before graduating with the Certificate in Education (QTLS) at the University of Worcester, all while working full-time, teaching part-time and supporting her family. In continuing with her studies at Birmingham City University, Angela is working towards her MA and has so far achieved the following: Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Angela's postgraduate research investigates management of Further Education Learning Resources facilities and their impact on student behaviour and continued development in eduction.
Linda joined the Maryvale team in March 2017 as an Administration Assistant in the Communications Office. Before this, she worked as an Exam Invigilator/Administration Assistant at three local secondary schools. She started her career in Lloyds Bank PLC where she worked in their International Operations Centre for eleven years before leaving to start a family.
Linda served as a foundation governor at St Marks Catholic Primary for nine years where she was also Treasurer of the PTA helping to organise and run fundraising events. She is an active member of her parish where she reads at mass and regularly volunteers helping with various events throughout the year.
Orla joined the Maryvale team in 2014.
As well as tending to the administrative needs in the communications office, Orla manages the Maryvale bookshop. She grew up in Birmingham and has been familiar with Maryvale for several years. Prior to her role, she gained a BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University.
Anthony is responsible for the in-house maintenance and development of Maryvale Institute’s virtual presence.
Anthony is a Chartered Librarian with extensive experience in Further Education. As a college librarian, his role included the development and management of online resources and virtual learning environments. Anthony gained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2011 for his research into Henry VIII’s early political relationship with Rome and his research interest continues in this area.
Sean has assisted in Maryvale Library for 20 years; initially as a volunteer, now more formally as a member of staff.
Sean has a long association with Maryvale going back to when it was an orphanage. In addition he is involved in the local parish church (Our Lady Assumption), and supporting pro-life charities.
Before joining the Maryvale team Alfred worked in a French bank in Hong Kong for 32 years. He took early retirement from the bank and moved to England, where he joined Maryvale Institute as a volunteer in the Finance department in 1996. Since then he is now employed by the Institute on a part time basis and continues to offer his services as a volunteer.
Mother Jaya OSS.S.
Responsibilities: Mother Superior of the Bridgettine Sisters
Telephone: +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 172
Contemplation and prayer are the main elements that caused me to choose the Order Of St. Bridget in 1989. After a few years of formation, I came to the convent in Iver Heath to continue the mission God with which had entrusted me. After a few years, I was asked to come to Maryvale and, following nine years of my service in this house, Mother General asked me to take up the responsibility of Superior. I humbly accepted this as God’s will for me. I rely on your support and prayers always to continue this mission which God has entrusted to me.
For more information on the Bridgettines at Maryvale, click here.
Sr. Maris Stella Igwe (DDL) O.N.D., F.d.A., B.A.
Responsibilities: Examination Secretary / Registry Assistant
Telephone: +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 142 or (0)121 3352412
Sr. Maris Stella is a Nigerian Nun of the Religious Order of the Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) Nigeria. She joined the institute in December 2006, at the request of her Order.
As an Examination Secretary, Sr. Maris sees to the administration of all examinations, setting up centres, and arranging for invigilation both within and outside the UK.
As an Assistant to the Academic Registrar, she helps in the running of the institute’s Registry, including the preparation of students’ ID cards and welcome packs for new students, the preparation of transcripts and diploma supplements, and the planning of the institute’s FE and HE awards Ceremonies.
Sr. Maris gained her Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Secretarial Administration from Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria. Both her Foundation Degree in Business Information Technology and BA in Business Studies were gained from the Open University, UK.
Paul M James M.Sc., M.I.I.S., M.C.I.L.I.P., Cert.Ed.
Responsibilities: Head of Library and Learning Resources
Telephone: +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 181
College and school librarian, UK & US
(Also some library work in technical sector)
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Sr Maureen Felicitas Obiorah BA, PGDE, MSc
Responsibilities: Further Education Administrative Secretary
Telephone: +44 (0)121 360 8118 Ext 164
Sr Maureen Felicitas Obiorah belongs to the congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ Nigeria (www.ihmmcsisters.org). She was sent by her religious order to the UK in 2006 to take up her post at Maryvale Institute. Her responsibilities as Further Education Administrative Secretary are to look after the administrative needs of Maryvale students on the Further Education programmes, comprising: Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis, New Testament Studies, Catechism, Certificate in Catholic Religious Education, Chaplaincy course and Certificate in New Evangelisation and Ministry.
Sr Maureen Felicitas obtained her BA and PGDE from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Kenya and her MSc from Coventry University.
Geraldine joined Maryvale Institute in July 2014. She is a CIMA Qualified Accountant, and has previously worked for a variety of organisations including Agco Ltd and Redcliffe Catering Ltd. With over 20 years of experience in accounting she is responsible for the Finance Department of the Institute.
Melissa Pearce BA, MA
Responsibilities: Postgraduate Academic Administrator for MA, Licence and Research Programmes; Disability Coordinator
Telephone: 0330 6700 408
Melissa has a background in pastoral care, having worked as a lay chaplain for 6 years in a Catholic sixth form college, during which time she read an MA in Pastoral Theology. She has also been trained in Ignatian spiritual accompaniment and volunteers as a prayer guide on Retreats in Daily Life in Birmingham.
Melissa joined the Maryvale team in July 2015; she enjoys getting to know students at residential weekends and finding ways to encourage and support them on their academic journey.