Our team consists of leading experts who specialise in applications to top UK universities.

There is no substitute for being guided by a person who has successfully navigated through the application process themselves. Not only does this provide insider knowledge of the potential pitfalls that an applicant might face, but it also that the applicant can rely on insider and university-specific advice.

We are therefore proud to state that every single one of our consultants attended either Oxford or Cambridge university, the UK’s two premier academic institutions. Many have also attended other top UK universities and have a wealth of experience in both academia and consultancy. Between them our staff sport numerous awards, scholarships and published works.

If there’s one thing you can be assured of with OEE, it that your application will be in the best possible hands.

Joe Barnes BA, MSc (Oxon)

Before founding OEE, Joe spent four years in London and Moscow tutoring students wishing to study in the UK and coaxing out the best of their potential. Joe is passionate about connecting people from different cultures. He is fluent in four languages and has lived on four different continents.

This affinity for languages first took him to Newcastle University, where he studied English Literature and Spanish, graduating with First Class Honours. Having subsequently lived in Argentina, Spain, Senegal and Russia, Joe then undertook a Masters in East European Studies at the University of Oxford.

Whilst at Oxford, he was chosen to represent the university at the Tamkang Forum for World Youth Leaders at Tamkang University in Taiwan, where he presented his research.

This academic and professional experience has given him a strong insight into the British university system; he has recently moved to Beijing after spending three years in Moscow, Russia, using this experience to aid students in their preparation for courses abroad.

Joe is also a keen writer, having set up the international affairs website Jericho after finishing his degree at Oxford. He has also written for the London-based Financial Times and Sunday Times and writes on higher education affairs for The Diplomat.

Paulina Kanarek BA,MA,MSc (Oxon)

Paulina graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she completed a master’s degree in Contemporary Chinese Studies. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Chinese from SOAS, University of London.

She has received numerous grants and scholarships for her academic work. As a student at the University of Oxford she received a grant for fieldwork for her thesis which was subsequently published in the Journal of Political Risk. Following that she received a prestigious grant from Peking University where she continued her research as a Yenching Scholar.

Paulina is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin, as well as her native Polish. She has wide experience in diplomatic and governmental roles, having undertaken internships in the Polish embassy in Beijing, Polish consulate in Shanghai, as well as in several leading NGOs.

Aside from her studies, Paulina was a keen rower at Oxford, competing for St Antony’s Rowing Club; she has also played tennis since childhood, and was a member of the first team at SOAS.

Paulina has over four years of experience helping students with their applications for top British and American universities. She worked as an education consultant in England, China and Poland.

Francisco Taiana

Francisco is a historian and a published author. Originally from Argentina, he spent his childhood in the United States.

He holds an undergraduate degree in History from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires. During his studies, Francisco completed an exchange program in Boston College and published a biography of former Argentine President Julio Argentino Roca. Following this success he received a prestigious CAF Scholarship to continue his education at the University of Oxford at master’s level, focusing on Latin American Studies.

Francisco has two years of experience in educational consulting. His passion for history, international relations and political science make him an expert in these fields. He therefore specialises at advising students who apply for humanities and social sciences at British and American universities.

Denise Balchin BA, MA, PGCE, NPQH,TEFL

Denise is OEE’s senior consultant. She has over thirty years of experience in the British education sector teaching Religious Studies as well as English. On top of this she also has nearly a decade of experience in management, having risen to the role of Head of Education at a UK independent school.  

She has spent the last four years working as an assessment associate for Pearson Education focusing on exams at GCSE level.

Her experience in managing teachers has been vital in ensuring continued high teaching and consulting standards at OEE. 

Will Peters

Will Peters is a PhD student in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Will spent three years teaching Philosophy and Religion at Bedford School. During this time, he worked as the Assistant Boarding Housemaster for a predominantly international Boarding House. Will therefore, has significant experience and success helping international students apply to Oxbridge, particularly students from China, Korea, Russia and Hungary. Throughout his three years at Bedford School Will spent a great portion of time helping sixth form students draft personal statements, supplement their academic learning and prepare for interviews.

Will’s knowledge of the educational system comes from three angles: being a product of it, helping negotiate the university application process, and now working in higher education. Recently Will has become extremely familiar with the US university application procedure, particularly from the perspective of international students.

Currently, Will is working on a PhD in Education. His areas of research are: the future of education in a digitally saturated world and the importance of meaning and purpose for all learners, and the inclusion of video media to benefit learners from diverse contexts.