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The Education Council exists to ensure that TutorConnect's development maintains its focus on education. With the help of the Council, the site has inside access to both school and university classrooms. The diverse background of our councilors ensures that we gain a universal picture of education at any given time. What's more, Alex's involvement ensures that TutorConnect's Educational Outreach initiatives remain both effective and up to date.

In addition to their advisory role, the Council also writes a weekly blog post, providing their insight into how disruptive thinking linked to the Internet is changing education.

Nick Alchin

Nick Alchin was born in the UK and studied Natural Sciences and Management at Cambridge before spending a year backpacking in Asia. He worked as an actuary until the need to escape the office became irresistible and has since been in education.

Having taught at United World College of SE Asia in Singapore, the International School of Geneva in Switzerland and Sevenoaks School UK, he is currently Dean of Studies at the Aga Khan Academy, in Mombasa, Kenya. The Academy is the first of a network of 18 schools situated across Africa and the Middle East with a mission to create leaders in developing countries.

Author and contributing editor to several highly acclaimed textbooks and teacher's guides, most notably for the International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course, he has been an IB examiner, chief assessor, workshop leader and consultant in schools around the world. He writes often in the educational press and is delighted to be part of the TutorConnect venture.

Alex Canfor-Dumas

Alex read History and Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with one of the top Firsts of 2009. He then moved to Jesus College, Oxford where he is currently completing a two-year MPhil in Political Theory, achieving the highest mark in his year in the first year examinations.

From July 2011, Alex will be working as a consultant on education in the developing world, researching and co-authoring a major report ahead of the G20 summit in November and supporting advocacy work around it in 2012. He has previously undertaken several historical and philosophical research and writing projects for the former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

Richard Werner

Richard Werner teaches courses in ethics, ancient philosophy and applied social philosophy. His recent research interests center on issues relating to applied philosophy: war, climate change, experimental ethics and evolutionary ethics. Werner is the author of articles on ethical realism, pragmatism, just war theory and medical ethics in such journals as The Monist, Ethics, Analysis, Social Theory and Practice, and Contemporary Pragmatism. His article "Abortion: The Moral and Ontological Status of the Unborn" has been available since 1985 in one of the most popular anthologies in applied ethics. Werner is co-editor of "Just War, Nonviolence, and Nuclear Deterrence" (Longwood).

A past Tennent Caledonian Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, he has also been a recipient of a John Dewey Senior Research Fellowship and an NEH Summer Seminar participant to study Contemporary Moral Issues. Werner received a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from the University of Rochester. He was awarded the Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and the Pentagon Service Award in 2004.