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About Us

UWCSEA is a united, welcoming community, spread across two campuses that embrace students and their families.
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Guiding Statements

Our Guiding Statements help to ensure that our students are equipped to enact the mission throughout their lives. 
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Learning

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Learning

A UWCSEA education is values-based and holistic, developing young people who will build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Learn more.

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K–12 Concept-Based Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and understanding through five elements of our learning programme. Learn more.

Community

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Students

The passion and energy of our diverse community of students is what makes our campuses come to life. Learn more.

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Scholars

Our scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring unique perspectives and experience to our community. Learn more.

Admissions

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Welcome

A welcome from our Director of Admissions and introduction to our process. Learn more.

Dover Academics

Apply now for August 2021

Find our more about our annual admissions cycle. We are currently accepting applications for K1–Grade 11. Learn more.

Our Big Ideas

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Our Big Ideas

As a learning community, we engage with the world of ideas to connect concepts and put ideas into action. Learn more.

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Kishore Mahbubani Speaker Series: Reimagining Learning

Join us as we engage pioneers and thinkers in education at our Navigating Learning in the 21st Century launch event on Thursday, 29 October. 
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Support Us

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Support us

The UWCSEA culture of giving and service is central to our identity as a mission-aligned community. Learn more.

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Impact of Giving

The generosity of our community has had a significant impact on individuals and groups in Singapore, the region and globally. Learn more.

Leadership roles

Leaders at UWCSEA display a deep personal commitment to the UWCSEA mission and values, and clearly demonstrate the skills and qualities expected of a UWCSEA community member. This serves to inspire and motivate others—within and beyond the College—to believe in the fundamental importance and value of a UWCSEA education.

Internationalists by conviction, our leaders engage with all staff with high levels of cultural sensitivity, an awareness of the complexities of operating in a multilingual environment and, above all, a demonstrable passion for international education.

We look for leaders of people who start with empathy and kindness. They need to display a high degree of personal resilience as they respond flexibly and appropriately to the challenges of our complex, multi-faceted organisation. They create an environment where all are encouraged to participate, to assume leadership roles, and to contribute to our community.

All our staff, and in particular our leaders, champion safeguarding as a non-negotiable. UWCSEA takes very seriously its responsibility for the safeguarding of the children and young people in its charge. All appointments to posts at the College are subject to the successful completion of the pre-employment checks, including checks with previous employers and with criminal record agencies.

Working closely with key stakeholders, leaders at UWCSEA create the conditions for implementing the College Strategy (2018–2023) and help to shape our role in the future of teaching and learning. We are an equal opportunity employer, and welcome applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

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Leadership vacancies

Senior leadership are generally recruited with the assistance of a search firm, although these roles are also advertised on our website. We also use LinkedIn to advertise these roles.

When we have a vacancy the position will be advertised here, together with details on how to apply.

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Please click the Orange Bell icon to sign up for email alerts when a Leadership vacancy is posted. Note that all leadership vacancies will be included in this alert i.e. educational and administrative.

Community Voices

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Elizabeth Bray

I believe passionately in the potential of every child and enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that young people generate as they strive to understand who they are and how they connect with the world around them.

Elizabeth Bray, Head of UWCSEA Dover

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Graham

I hold a deep commitment to the UWCSEA mission and values and am at my happiest working with children and learning communities.

Graham Silverthorne, Head of UWCSEA East

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Sinead

Sinéad Collins joined UWCSEA in a dual-campus role as Director of Communications and Marketing in September 2011, moving into her current role as Director of Engagement and External Relations in April 2019.

Sinéad Collins, Director of Engagement and External Relations

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Pascale

Pascale Dillon, Chief Operating Officer, joined UWCSEA in 2018. A graduate of EDHEC business school, she also has an MBA from Aston University in the UK. Pascale is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Pascale Dillon, Chief Operating Officer

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Nick Alchin Graduation

Nick has taught in holistic, values-driven schools schools since 1995, first teaching Theory of Knowledge and Mathematics at UWCSEA Dover and subsequently at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. 

Nicholas Alchin, Deputy Head of Campus, High School Principal, East Campus

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Elizabeth Bray

Elizabeth Bray, Head of UWCSEA Dover

Elizabeth (aka Lizzie) was appointed as Head of Dover Campus in August 2018. Lizzie has held several posts since joining the College as a Science and Mathematics teacher in 1996. She led the Middle School as Principal from 2015–2018, and also co-led the Curriculum Articulation Project working with teachers from K1 to Grade 12 across the Dover and East campuses. She was elected by the teaching staff on Dover to serve on the Board of Governors from 2006-2010. Since leading Dover Campus through the CIS-WASC Accreditation process in 2010 she has served as a member of CIS-WASC Visiting Teams accrediting international schools in South East Asia. Prior to joining UWCSEA she taught in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Bahrain. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Elizabeth speaks English and French fluently. She holds a BSc (Geological Sciences) from McGill University and an MSc (Science Education) from Oregon State University.

In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys swimming, yoga and long walks with her husband Peter and their sons, Max and Leo.

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Graham

Graham Silverthorne, Head of UWCSEA EastA History graduate from Cambridge University, Graham spent several years working in banking, editing and the legal world before discovering his life’s passion in teaching.

Originally from the West of England, Graham’s teaching career progressed through posts in Wales, Hampshire and West Berkshire before he took up his first Headteacher appointment at Netherhall School in Cambridge. His second Headship in the UK was at Gordano School, just outside Bristol, where he spent seven years, establishing the school as an independent Foundation School and having a building named after him!

In 2010, he set off on life’s great adventure and became Principal at South Island School, in Hong Kong where he spent 7 very happy years developing a school vision based upon much of the philosophy which underpins the UWC Mission. This adventure brought more bonus than he expected when he met his wife, Wendy, who speaks English a great deal more fluently than he speaks Cantonese. Graham and Wendy love sport (even running in the Singapore heat) and are enthusiastic hikers and cyclists. Wendy has even come to enjoy watching Manchester United play – a team that Graham has followed for longer than he is prepared to say.

Graham is a highly experienced leader with a particular focus on leading, developing and motivating high performing teams. He is an accredited coach and coach trainer and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the UK where he was also an accredited School Improvement Partner. He continues to work as a performance coach (pro bono) and helped to create a strong coaching culture in the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. His work in this area has been written up in the second edition of Best Practice in Performance Coaching by Carol Wilson. 

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Sinead

Sinéad Collins, Director of Engagement and External Relations, UWC South East Asia

Sinéad Collins joined UWCSEA in a dual-campus role as Director of Communications and Marketing in September 2011, moving into her current role as Director of Engagement and External Relations in April 2019.

Sinéad began her career as a music teacher in London, having completed an MA in Education and Music at the Institute of Education, University of London. She then returned to Ireland to work in communications and marketing for the Irish Arts Council, where she managed a concert series and supported local communities in building audiences for live music performance. In 2003, Sinéad move to Beijing, China, where she worked in cross-cultural communications, supporting senior Chinese business professionals in making the transition to multi-cultural working environments. In 2005, Sinéad joined the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) as the Admissions Manager, before being appointed Director of Communications, overseeing admissions, communications and publications.

Sinéad is married to Gary, a musician and teacher, and they have three children, Niamh, Hugh and Cathal.

 

 

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Pascale

Pascale Dillon, Chief Operating Officer, UWC South East Asia

Pascale Dillon, Chief Operating Officer, joined UWCSEA in 2018. A graduate of EDHEC business school, she also has an MBA from Aston University in the UK. Pascale is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Pascale’s professional career has spanned the globe and includes more than 20 years in Asia. Having begun in Paris in consulting, in 1998 she took on a senior finance role for Walt Disney in Hong Kong. There she met her husband Brad and the family subsequently made Singapore their home. Senior roles in consumer products and hospitality followed, and Pascale enjoyed the challenges of building brands across multiple markets in a complex and fast-changing region.

Throughout her career she has also been passionately interested in education, and was a founder-member of Aidha in Singapore, a charity which supports financial education for domestic helpers, equipping them with the skills and finance to run small businesses when they return home. More recently Pascale has been Director of AkarakA, a charity offering tertiary education support in Asia for gifted children whose economic success will help lift their families and communities.

In joining UWCSEA Pascale feels she has therefore taken the next logical step, combining her extensive professional experience with her passion for learning. Pascale is strongly aligned with the UWC mission and believes in the transformative power of education, which has a special resonance in Asia where so many are held back by its absence.

Pascale and Brad love sport, especially tennis and skiing, as well as music, travel and quality time with their three children, Alice, Camille and Cooper.

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Nicholas Alchin, Deputy Head of Campus, High School Principal, East Campus

Nick has taught in holistic, values-driven schools schools since 1995, first teaching Theory of Knowledge and Mathematics at UWCSEA Dover and subsequently at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. After working as Director of IB at Sevenoaks School, UK, and as Dean of Studies at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, Nick joined us in 2012. IB Chief Assessor for Theory of Knowledge from 2005 to 2010 and Vice Chair of the IB Examining Board from 2007 to 2013, he is a textbook author, IB examiner, workshop leader and consultant who writes and speaks widely on various educational matters.

Nick has a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, postgraduate certificates in Engineering and Education from Wolfson College, Cambridge and Manchester College, Oxford and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the Open University.

An avid reader, Nick also enjoys running in the heat, evening walks in the cool and baking bread each weekend. His three children enjoy activities from rock-climbing to dancing to drumming. Ellie, his wife, is Director of Teaching and Learning on Dover Campus. As a family they enjoy travelling across the region, sampling new food, and enjoying the great outdoors.