AUC's professional staff
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Services & Communications
Marcus Smit is team leader of the Services & Communications support staff, and AUC's internationalisation officer. Marcus was employed as a Student Exchange Adviser at the central international office of the UvA before coming to work full-time at AUC in 2014. Originally trained as a sociologist, Marcus has always had great interest in themes surrounding diversity, education, global migration and integration.
Benjamin Garstka is one of AUC's Communications Officers. Originally from the US, Ben moved to the Netherlands for his Master’s degree at Utrecht University, interned for the Prince Claus Fund, worked as an editor and learned Dutch. Ben joined AUC's communications team in January 2015.
Nora McLeese is one of AUC's Communications Assistants. Half-Dutch and Half-American, she holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from London College of Communications and a Master’s degree in New Media and Digital Culture from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, she worked for several tech startups in London, focusing on content management and social media. Nora joined AUC’s communications team in February 2016.
Berend is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. After following the mathematics and information tracks, he graduated in July 2018. He wrote his Bachelor’s thesis on the immutability guarantees of blockchains. During his time at AUC, he served as Committee Affairs Officer and Vice-Treasurer of the Student Association, as well as Event Manager of the student-run café. Berend joined AUC’s professional staff in August 2018, working with the communications team as well as aiding in developing new projects and maintaining contact with the wider community, alumni and a variety of AUC’s stakeholders.
Sophia Worth is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. She graduated from AUC in July 2018 as a Sciences major and took courses mainly in health, biomedicine and philosophy. She wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on disease categorisation and multimorbidity. During her final year at AUC, she was a member of the Board of Studies, who are a group of four staff and four students that are consulted about matters related to academic standards. She has also worked in the kitchen at Maslow, a café on Science Park, for two years.
Student Life Officer
Lydia Roberts is AUC’s Student Life Officer. Originally from the UK, Lydia earned her BA in Human Social and Political Science (HSPS) from the University of Cambridge. During her time at Cambridge she was elected welfare officer, supporting and counselling students on their well-being concerns. Lydia then went on to work in Uganda for a women’s rights organisation developing programmes and policies surrounding gender based violence (GBV) and women’s health. Prior to joining AUC in September 2018, Lydia completed her MSc in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.
Claudia Dictus is a Graduate Assistant to the Student Life Officer. After completing her Bachelor's thesis on the reevaluation of game-based interventions for mental health, for which she was awarded a thesis of distinction, she obtained her degree in liberal arts and sciences majoring in health and well-being. As co-founder and chair of the student initiative Anti-Sexual Assault Program (ASAP) of AUC, she completed an internship at the Help Center for Sexual Violence and has conducted numerous workshops and events on the subject of sexual violence prevention and student culture.
Anya Doshi is the Graduate Assistant to the Student Life Officer focused on Health and Well-Being at AUC. She graduated from AUC in July 2018 as a Humanities major and wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on minority group representation and socio-political debate by luxury brands in the fashion industry. During her time at AUC, she focused on Media and Communications and Art History, and served as chairperson of the Art Board. She joined the AUC team in August 2018, working closely with the Student Life Officer to assist in the organisation and development of projects and policies related to the health and well-being of the AUC student body.
Admissions & Registrar
Renée Joosse is team leader of the Admissions and Registrar support staff. She joined AUC after having worked for three years as Head of Student Services at UvA Economics and Business. Renée is a graduate from UvA’s Research Master Art Studies, specialising in late medieval book illumination of the Northern and Southern Netherlands.
Bob Kardolus is AUC's Management Assistant, working in admissions and student administration. With a varied professional background in human resources, immigration and relocation, administration, translating and interpreting (Japanese-English-Dutch), language training and clog dancing, Bob has always worked with a combination of languages, legislation, procedures, communication and practical matters. Previously, he has worked at the Japanese School of Amsterdam and Kyocera Mita Europe, among others. He joined AUC in January 2010.
Cheryl joined AUC as the secretary of the Board of Examiners in February 2018. Cheryl has a varied international background having worked in Ireland, Australia and the US working for banks, shops, restaurants and with (wild) dolphins. She started working at the UvA in 2012 at the FNWI Board secretariat, and then went on to work as an Appeals Officer as part of the Central Student Administration team.
Marlies van Daalen
Marlies van Daalen started at AUC in April 2016 as Admissions Assistant, after having worked in translation/editing and student finance. She became AUC’s Admissions Officer in December 2017 and in that position is responsible for ensuring that the admissions and selection procedures run smoothly. Marlies completed her MA in English Language and Literature at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focusing on the use of metaphors.
Joost Berenbroek is the local SIS Coordinator at AUC.
Janey Niemeijer joined AUC as College Secretary in September 2018. Janey formerly worked as prviate secretary to the British Ambassador in the Netherlands and also teaches at Horizon College in Alkmaar.
HRM, AUC Scholarship Fund and Finance
Archana Ramdihal is AUC's Human Resources (HR) Assistant. Until 2015, Archana worked at AUC in the Registrar's Office, was the Secretary for the Board of Examiners and the SIS local coordinator. She obtained her BA in Educational Studies (PABO) at the Hogeschool Rotterdam in 2008. After completing her BA, she studied at the University of Leiden where she completed her BA and MA in Educational Studies, with a concentration in Learning in Professional Contexts. After working as a teacher at a primary school, Archana joined AUC in 2011.
Wiebe Stuive is the Financial Officer for AUC and the ASF Scholarship Fund. Prior to AUC, he worked at the UvA/HvA Administration Centre, where he was a part of the project administration team. His experience includes years of working in a financial role for various companies in the Netherlands and Spain, playing guitar in a rock band and clowning. He joined AUC’s support staff in March 2017.
Ernst Jonker is AUC's Financial Controller, and works at the UvA's Administrative Centre.
Jaap Boertje, Rina Sommer-Rekers and Martin Versteeg are AUC’s Facilities Housemasters. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Academic Building.