Hartlepool Sixth Form College

International Team

A very warm welcome to Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

Anna Carruthers

My role at HSFC involves supporting International students in relation to their academic progress, progression and their broader College experience. I lead the International Team and work closely with the Vice Principal to ensure all International students have a high quality educational and cultural experience whilst at our College.

I oversee the coordination of the tutorial programme and UCAS process for International students. We work hard to ensure our students are ready to move onto their chosen course at Higher Education both academically and personally when they complete their studies.

I also quality assure all aspects of the International Department and ensure we comply with our Tier 4 Licence holder duties as stipulated by the UK Visas and Immigration Department. This involves liaising with agencies including the Home Office who demand exceptionally high monitoring and compliance checks.

I organise and manage the recruitment of host families and provide appropriate guidance to all those involved in supporting our students. Ensuring the health and safety of students at College and in their host accommodation is my responsibility and I work closely with host families to ensure relevant DBS and home safety checks have been carried out. In addition, I coordinate a programme of educational and cultural trips throughout the year and frequent social activities for our students. I arrange our annual awards event and regular host evenings. Before coming to HSFC I worked with young people for 15 years in a variety of roles including a Connexions Personal Advisor and Educational Support Assistant. I love working with young people, supporting them in their transition into adult life. The rewards in my job come from working with a great team and watching our students mature during their time with us, going on to fulfil their potential.

Anna Carruthers, Senior International Student Coordinator

Maoge Hou

My job is to provide support to International students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College by monitoring their academic progress as well as making sure they get the most out of their studying experience here in the UK.

I work with all International students closely by checking their daily attendance, tracking their progress across all subjects in accordance with their learning aim, ensuring that they integrate into and contribute to the college community, and reporting their performance to their parents.

Apart from this, I teach A Level Chinese and Conversational Chinese to both International students and local students. It is my responsibility to raise cultural awareness amongst student from home and abroad to create mutual learning opportunities within and outside the college.

Prior to joining HSFC in 2016, I have been focusing on working with Chinese nationals in the UK by providing translation/interpreting services and pastoral care to migrant workers and students. My knowledge of Chinese language and culture, coupled with my experience of studying and working in the UK for the past 7 years have enabled me to bridge the gap of cultural difference effectively. I aim to provide top-quality care to help international students settle into UK college life smoothly and get into their dream universities.

Maoge Hou, International Student Achievement Tutor and Teacher of Chinese