Maryvale Institute

Catholic Distance-Learning for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy & Religious Education

Administrative Staff

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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 is a Catholic Nun; she belongs to the Religious Institute of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, Nigeria ( 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.


Angela’s background is in Education and she brings a wide-range of experiences due to her prior learning, working practices and lecturing on a part-time basis as an ICT teacher at a Further Education college.

Angela graduated as a Teacher with the University of Worcester gaining the Certificate in Education (QTLS) and Certificates in Further Education Teaching and has since continued onto the MA degree programme. To date Angela has achieved the Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate in ‘Education’ (PGCE) during her studies at Birmingham City University. (The Postgraduate exploration was in management of a Further Education Learning Resources facilities and the impact on student behaviour and continued development in Education).

These studies were taken on whilst looking after a family, working full-time and also teaching part-time.

Angela has been working within the education sector for over twelve years in support areas of FE as well as a part teacher of ICT.


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.


Victoria has both a BA and MA in Theology from the University of Manchester. Her MA Thesis was an exploration into the claim that Catholic Liturgical Tradition was Anti-Semitic in nature.


MA Theology (Manchester)
BA Relgions and Theology (Manchester)

Current teaching

Victoria is currently the Senior Academic Administrator with responsibilities for Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition and the Post Graduate Research programme.

Research interests

Her main research interests are the History of Jewish-christian Relations, Post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the life and work of Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-1852).


She is currently working on a paper on the Post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian Dialogue.


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.


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.


Sr Maureen Felicitas Obiorah belongs to the congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ Nigeria ( 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 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.


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