Albion International offers students living in Romania a truly international future by providing them with a highly personalised university admission consultancy service.
We will do our utmost to prepare students for entry into universities that are best suited to their individual desires, talents and career aspirations.
Simon Parker has lived, taught and trained in Romania in since 2003 and is the owner of Albion Training srl, a Bucharest-based education company.
Back in 2009, Simon identified a need for a totally independent admissions consultancy service:
“Some of my former students who had achieved good grades in their Diploma de Bacalaureat were on inappropriate courses at unsuitable UK universities. Most changed their course or found an alternative place to study. I knew that with good advice these situations could have been easily avoided.”
Albion International Study was founded a year later; its focus has always been on helping students enter universities ranked in the top 30 in the UK including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Imperial:
“Having taught in this country for nearly ten years, I know how incredibly talented Romanian students are. They deserve the opportunity to study at the world’s best universities and we’ve proved we can offer the support needed to get them there”.
His growing team of consultants share his passion for both Romania and British universities. All have degrees from top UK higher education institutions and have taught/lectured in both Britain and Romania. Between them, they have nearly 60 years’ experience in university admissions.
Simon is convinced that this experience is the secret behind Albion’s success:
“I’ve been helping students with their applications since 1993 and attended countless training sessions on UCAS personal statement and reference writing. We’ve also visited nearly every top 30 university in the UK. You simply can’t acquire this knowledge overnight and we feel it gives our clients a critical advantage in choosing the right course and producing the strongest application”.
Meet the team
Managing Director of Albion International Study, senior consultant
BA (Hons) Economics, University of East Anglia
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of York
Simon has been successfully advising students on British university applications for over 22 years.
He was a personal tutor at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, UK, between 1991 and 2000, helping students choose their courses and guiding them through the UCAS admissions system.
He relocated to Romania in 2003 and taught for two years at CN “George Coşbuc” in Bucharest before moving on to teaching and management positions in state and private schools in Făgarăş and Cluj.
Simon conducts the initial interviews with students and their families and then coordinates their support throughout the application cycle. He also shares the responsibility for reviewing personal statements with Stuart and David.
His other roles include advising on student finance and helping clients find work experience both before and after their applications.
Senior Consultant for Oxford, Cambridge and science applications
MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Cambridge
MA in Christian Ethics, King’s College, London
Stuart’s rigour in reviewing Oxbridge personal statements resulted in 83% of our applicants to these universities receiving interviews in 2012.
Praised by our clients for his particularly British sense of humour, he is a Biology teacher with 22 years’ teaching experience in the UK at a number of independent schools, including the famous Marlborough College.
Stuart lived in Romania between 1999 and 2010, during which period he taught English at state high schools in Timisoara and Turda as well as at the West University of Timisoara.
He is presently teaching Biology again in the UK and will continue to support Oxford and Cambridge applicants via the Internet after their initial interviews with Simon
Dr. Dorothy Elford
Senior Consultant for foreign languages and Oxford and Cambridge Applications
MA Classics, University of Cambridge
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, London University
PhD in Medieval Philosophy, Cambridge University
Cambridge CELTA Certificate in teaching English to adults
After a varied teaching career in the UK (Greek, Latin and History, English for immigrants and Special Needs literacy work), Dorothy relocated to Romania in 1999. There she has taught English in high schools (for six years), in companies and to individuals, both adults and children.
She also has extensive experience as a translator and proofreader. She assists Stuart with the review and checking of personal statements.
Senior Consultant for art & design and architecture applications.
Diploma in Art and Design Textiles/Fashion, Winchester School of Art
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Central Lancashire
Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Management, Lancaster University
Gay begun her career as a freelance textile designer before gaining thirty years experience teaching art and design at Huddersfield University and Runshaw College in Lancashire.
She taught on, and managed, a highly successful Foundation Studies Art and Design course from which students progressed on to degree programmes at leading arts universities and architecture faculties in the UK.
Gay advises clients interested in courses in her field and carries out an initial review of their all-important portfolios. She then helps them produce strong and effective personal statements and is always on hand to offer subject specific guidance for interviews and requests from the art and architecture schools for submissions of their artwork.
Consultant for music, music technology and Oxford and Cambridge Applications
BA and MA in Music, University of Oxford
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Surrey
David has 18 years’ experience of teaching Music and Music Technology in independent schools, both in the UK and abroad, having been both a Head of Department and Assistant Head.
In addition to teaching, David is an A Level Music examiner for Cambridge, and examines for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, in London. David has also previously been an A Level examiner for Edexcel Music Technology. He is experienced with coaching Music students to help them enter excellent British universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
David can also offer tutoring to help Romanian students prepare for the various A Level and Associated Board music exams which are usually required for entry on to British music degree programmes both at universities and specialist music colleges.
Consultant for foreign languages and Oxford and Cambridge Applications
BA and MA in Modern Languages, University of Cambridge
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Cambridge
Valerie is a very experienced languages teacher who has taught to university entrance level in independent schools, both in the UK and around the world.
In addition to school teaching, she worked for the British Foreign Office in Brussels, teaching language skills to diplomats there.
A British national, Valerie is fluent in both French and Spanish, and is a specialist in French literature, which will be very useful in preparing foreign language clients for Oxford and Cambridge applications.