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The Dean is in charge of the discipline of the College’s Junior Members. The role is wide-ranging, and although it excludes individual pastoral matters, does take account of the general welfare of Junior Members. Particularly, the Dean is concerned with matters of policy and with the College’s rules, which are set out in the College Handbook. Junior Members should feel free to approach the Dean on any appropriate matter, particularly if it involves non-pastoral difficulties outside the College, and indeed, are urged to do so. Junior Members may also be summoned to see the Dean, and they are reminded that such summons take priority over any academic, sporting or social engagement.

The College also has an Assistant Dean, and four Junior Deans. The role of the Assistant Dean is focused on managing day-to-day issues; Junior Members wishing to hold events should ensure that they approach him first. The Junior Deans deal with disciplinary matters on the ground, and one Junior Dean is rostered to be on duty every night from weeks nought to nine.

Those wishing an appointment to see the Dean or the Assistant Dean on non-urgent matters should contact the Deans’ secretary, Jacqui Julier. If the matter is urgent, the Junior Member should contact the Dean via the College Lodge, or directly on 07786 061 613.

Michael Burden - Dean

Office: SH G2 A
Room: 12 OB 3
Office phone: 71976
Room Phone: 79526
Mobile: 07786 061 613

Michael's biography can be found on his fellow's information page.

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Gideon Elford - Assistant Dean

Room: Weston Buildings, House 8, Flat 5
Room Phone: 81085
Mobile: 07941 785381

Formerly a Junior Dean at New College, Gideon has recently completed his DPhil in Political Theory. Gideon studied for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at New College and is now a Departmental Lecturer in Political Theory. He is currently working on issues in egalitarian distributive justice and individual responsibility.

Gideon is a film lover and an amateur screenwriter. He is also a fitness enthusiast, spending his much of his time either in Iffley gym or out on the road training for his next half marathon. A keen sportsman, Gideon has played for the College 1st XI football team for several years and was formerly a member of the Oxford University Boxing squad.

As Assistant Dean, Gideon is in charge of granting permissions for events held in College.

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Harjeevan Narulla - Junior Dean

Room: Weston Buildings, House 16, Room 6
Mobile: 07392 978295

Harj Narulla is a Bachelor of Civil Law student progressing to the MPhil in Law in 2018-19, and a graduate of the Oxford Master of Public Policy. Harj will be researching anti-protest legislation in Tasmania and New South Wales, focusing on constitutional law and regulation theory.

Hailing from Australia, Harj has a broad set of policy and legal interests encompassing sports law, environmental conservation, refugee advocacy, media regulation, and Indigenous native title work. Graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Harj has worked as a refugee lawyer, policy advisor through the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and judicial clerk. In Oxford, Harj has continued his involvement with amateur sport, captaining the Rhodes XI Cricket Club, and winning titles with the St John’s College Football Club, in addition to trying his hand at Australian Rules Football, rowing, and baseball.


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Boingotlo Gasealahwe - Junior Dean

Room: 18 Longwall, Flat 2, Room 32
Room Phone: 89114
Mobile: 07380 417771 

Boingotlo Gasealahwe is completing an MSc in Economics for Development at the Department of International Development will stay to complete her DPhil in Economics. Her research focuses on the adjustment of the South African economy to commodity price and exchange rate shocks with the hope that it can shed light on the ways in which African economies can diversify and increase their resilience to external shocks.

Boingotlo is passionate about the African continent and is committed to improving public-policy and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. After completing her studies at the University of Cape Town, she joined the National Treasury of South Africa where she has spent the last five years working as an economist in the Economic Policy division. Prior to coming to Oxford, she worked at the OECD where she assisted with the production of the South Africa 2017 survey, a report that recommends policies to facilitate development. 
In her spare time, Boingotlo enjoys listening to jazz music, reading and running. She ran her first marathon in Paris in 2017.

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Robert Freeman - Junior Dean

Room: Castle Mill, Block F, Room 254
Mobile: 07874 989303

Robert Freeman is a DPhil student in English, exploring theories of interpretation and the formation of literary value. He has previously worked on displacement in the context of natural disasters for the United Nations' Nansen Initiative, and as a judicial clerk at South Africa's Constitutional Court. His subsequent legal work focused on administrative, refugee and constitutional law. At Oxford, Robert is a member of the TORCH Race and Resistance Network, and conducts research for the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. His wider interests include world cinema, ultimate frisbee and cricket, for which he is a qualfied umpire.  

Robert Freeman
Patrick Keefe - Junior Dean

Room: Sacher Building, House 1, Room 18
Mobile: 07539 228678

Patrick Keefe holds a Masters in Composition from Keble College, Oxford (2017-2018) and a Bachelors in Music from Lincoln College, Oxford (2014-2017). He is progressing onto a DPhil in Music at New College, with a specialism in composition. His research interests include numerical systems in Early Renaissance polyphony, canonic techniques from 1400-1650, modern film scoring, and the orchestration of Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and Walton. 

Outside of academia, Patrick is active as a baritone, performing with a variety of Oxford ensembles, including New Chamber Opera, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the Oxford Bach Soloists, in addition to chamber groups such as the Lacock Scholars. He was previously a long-term member of The Choir of Merton College, Oxford, and deputises regularly for Oxford's chapel choirs. In addition to singing, Patrick enjoys rugby and rowing, and captained the Lincoln College Men's squad from 2015-2016. 

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