Meet the Team

Alex Cole

Programme Director

Fourth year medical student who has recently graduated with an upper second class honours degree from Downing College, University of Cambridge. Studied Biological Natural Sciences, specialising in physiology & neuroscience; currently embarking on a three year clinical medicine degree at the University of Cambridge.

Relevant experience includes organisation of previous summer schools, working in a team to manage large events and several years of academic tutoring. His spare time is spent playing county level men’s tennis.


Holly Newton

Programme Director

A first class honours graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge. Studied Biological Natural Sciences, with a specialism in pharmacology.

She is a current PhD student at Imperial College London, working on the link between tumour growth and metabolism. Meanwhile her spare time is spent enjoying sports such as running and football.


Fiona Macklin

Programme Manager 2016/17

I’ve just graduated from St John’s College, University of Cambridge, where I studied German and Italian. Having grown up in France, I’ve always loved living on the continent. On my year abroad, I spent four months studying at university in Rome before working at a startup company in Dresden.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to row for the university during my time here, which has been an unforgettable experience! Managing the 2016 programme was pretty special and I can't wait to make next summers programme even better.

Alexandra Hamilton

Programme Manager 2017, Activities team 2016

I have just graduated from Churchill College, University of Cambridge, this year with a degree in Chinese Studies. So a little bit about me: I grew up in Hong Kong until secondary school where I moved to the north of England. I spend my free time kickboxing and this year have competed in a couple of tournaments where were terrifying but huge fun! I also absolutely love cooking - I make a super mean macaroni cheese as well as soome pretty dam good Oreo cupcakes. I have also worked on many summer programmes in the past in Cambridge, which have been fantastic - so am hugely looking forward to meeting all of you and making sure you guys have fun during your time with SciSearch!