Online Politics Tutor Oliver



Philosophy Politics and Economics; MA in International Relations (with distinction); doctorate in British European policy PhD

Former University Lecturer and textbook author delivering outstanding sessions in Politics, International Relations, History and essay/dissertation writing. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of The Tutors' Association and Enhance DBS checked.

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University of Oxford (undergraduate); University of Nottingham (postgraduate) - Philosophy Politics and Economics; MA in International Relations (with distinction); doctorate in British European policy - PhD

Former University Lecturer and textbook author delivering outstanding sessions in Politics, International Relations, History and essay/dissertation writing. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of The Tutors' Association and Enhance DBS checked.

Recent Students: 0
Total Hours: 178
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All-time Students: 39
Total Classes: 224
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About Me

I was educated at University of Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and the University of Nottingham (MA and PhD in Politics/IR/History).

I was a university lecturer for 20 years, working at various UK institutions. I taught politics, foreign/security policy, international relations, public policy, essay skills, qualitative research methods and discourse analysis.

I published many books and articles across my research interests, including textbooks on International Relations Theory and UK Politics. In 2020 I was awarded the Best Article prize by the European International Studies Association for my journal article on Global Britain.

I was also a media pundit, did policy advice and helped write political speeches. I was external examiner at a number of UK institutions, helping improve degree programmes as well as supervising individual postgraduate students to doctoral level.

I held research fellowships IN Political Science at University of California, Berkeley (2010) and in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge (2019-2020).

A former postgraduate and undergraduate admissions officer, I have helped students with personal statements in support of university degree applications. In this capacity I also work as an Oxbridge admissions consultant.

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2002 (membership number 12130).

I am a member of The Tutors' Association (membership number 69613591) and I fully abide by its Code of Practice (see

I am Enhanced DBS checked (certificate number 001803381401).

In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, most sports, gardening and home renovation.

Tutor Experience

• British Political History (Year 1)
• British Party Politics (Year 2)
• Brexit (Year 3)
• Undergraduate Dissertation
• Public Policy Fiascos (MA)
• Language and Text Analysis (MA/PhD)
• Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision

• British Politics in a Global Age (Year 2)
• Foundations and Challenges to International Relations (Year 1)
• Global Political Economy (Year 2)
• International Relations Theory (MA)
• Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision

• International Relations (Year 1)

• International Theory (Year 2)
• Interpreting British Foreign Policy (Year 3)
• International Security (MA)
• International Security Studies (Year 2)
• Political Analysis (Year 2)
• Theories of International Relations (MA by Distance Learning)
• Approaches to Political Research (research training for PhD students)
• Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision

• International Relations Theory (Year 1)
• Euroscepticism in Britain (Year 3)
• Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases (MSc)
• International Relations Theory (MSc)
• Introduction to Academic Practice (Year 1)
• Political Analysis (Year 2)
• Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision
• PhD supervision

• Postgraduate and undergraduate level courses in International Relations and Defence Studies (lectures and seminars)
• MA Option in British European policy (MA)
• Postgraduate dissertation supervision

Topic Expertise

I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I can help with the following subjects:
Academic Skills
Academic Writing
International Relations
International Relations Theory
UK Politics
UK Foreign Policy, especially British European policy
Public Policy Failure/Success
Political Communication
Qualitative Methods
Discourse Analysis
UCAS Personal Statements

Client Reviews

Very happy with Oliver's guidance and support thus far ! He helps put my mind at ease and makes the full task feel less daunting :)

- Politics

Fantastic. Oliver is an insightful tutor who knows absolutely what needs correcting and how to improve your work. Even if it's long-form. I highly recommend Oliver to anybody in need of a great tutor

- Politics

Oliver's insights are always so helpful, he is really very knowledgeable when it comes to discourse analysis and no matter what the focus on your work is he is very apt at applying his knowledge to help you configure your specific thoughts. Thanks so much!

- International Relations

Really great session, very productive, Oliver has a great way of helping the jumbled ideas in my head come out and form good, structured dissertation sentences haha

- International Relations

Very informative and helpful lesson.

- International Relations


"Oliver is a fantastic tutor. He is someone who is not only incredibly patient and understanding, but kind and thoughtful. He’s not like your normal lecturer or seminar tutor, he actually pays attention to your writing and wants the best for YOU. Having come to him with an empty slate for a dissertation, he guided me and aided me in the whole process, from start to finish. Whether that was giving excellent literature pointers or providing feedback to the highest standard, he was brilliant throughout and I couldn’t recommend him enough.'' - Theo (September 2023)

"Oliver was a fantastic help to me while writing my dissertation. He really helped me organise a daunting project into manageable pieces, and was able to answer questions small and large. He is very flexible in terms of scheduling sessions and makes time to help whenever he can. On top of that, his incredible bank of knowledge makes me confident that he could likely help anyone with any topic or project. He also makes the effort to gain more knowledge about your specific project to make him all the more knowledgeable. Finally, he is very kind, patient and sincere. His gentle and comic demeanour actually makes tutoring sessions fun and productive. I’m very lucky and glad that I got in touch with Oliver and would recommend him to anyone needing a tutor." - Alexa (April 2023)

"Oliver helped me from beginning to end and ultimately tutored me towards receiving the highest grade I have gotten so far in graduate school! He was respectful and thoughtful and helped think about the right topic, pare it down, and gave a few rounds of feedback that helped transform the paper from a good paper to an excellent paper! Highly recommend!" - Mollie (April 2023)

"You've been a massive help, the best tutor I have experienced on the website so far. I will 100% come back with any more essays that align with your profile" - Molly (January 2023).

"Has been very helpful in helping me understand my course's content and explaining both assessment requirements while also assisting in how to present/structure my arguments very well" - James (January 2023).

Background Checks



1.1.97 - 29.06.00
Doctoral thesis: ‘Rhetoric and Reality: The Historiography of British European Policy, 1945-73’ (passed with minor corrections)
School of Politics, University of Nottingham (graduation date 15.12.00)

8.10.95 - 18.12.96
MA in International Relations, with distinction
School of Politics, University of Nottingham (graduated 14.12.96)

8.10.92 - 20.6.95
BA Hons in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Class 2:1
St Peter’s College, Oxford University (graduated 4.11.95)