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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.

UWCSEA runs an annual application cycle

Make an application 

Find our more about our annual admissions cycle and join our Admissions updates email list. 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 fourth event on Thursday, 22 April. 
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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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Community Voices

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I am constantly struck by the energy, capacity, creativity and commitment of the people with whom I work.

Ellie Alchin, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dover Campus

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I've gained so much from my time with UWCSEA. I've been pushed by colleagues and students into genuinely reflecting on my own beliefs.

Dr Jensen Hjorth, High School Vice Principal and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Dover Campus
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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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

UWCSEA is full of extraordinary people working together for a noble end.

Nicholas Alchin, Head of UWCSEA East

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Ellie Alchin, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dover Campus

This is an incredible place to work. Having worked in a number of different (and excellent) international schools around the world I can say hand on heart, that the way in which the mission informs what we do and how we do it here is pretty unique. 

The mission has both shaped my values and now reflects them. I am in education because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students, and the difference I want to make is very much in line with the UWC mission of uniting people to bring about more peaceful and sustainable futures. In fact, I firmly believe that education is the only way to do this.

I cherish working with thoughtful, committed colleagues at UWCSEA who approach their work in a spirit of curiosity and craftsmanship. Whether it is a highly collaborative relationship with my counterpart at our sister campus, supportive relationships with academic and administrative leaders here at Dover, or working closely alongside teams of teachers as they develop teaching practice, I am constantly struck by the energy, capacity, creativity and commitment of the people with whom I work. 

Our students are of course central to our work. The opportunity to engage with students, and especially our national committee scholars, is an absolute highlight of working here. 

This is a can-do place where we aspire to genuinely walk the walk and not just talk the talk. There are incredible opportunities for professional learning and leadership (both formally and informally). Yes, you will work very hard, and being surrounded by lots of people who are very good at what they do can be daunting, but you will be well supported and the opportunities for professional growth are amazing.

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Dr Jensen Hjorth, High School Vice Principal and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Dover Campus

I've always held the belief that too often we are quick to judge others based on superficial appearances and stereotypes and that if we just took more time to understand others and empathise with them we would come to recognise the great strengths that diverse communities posses. I think this is what underpins the UWC mission, it has a higher purpose, one that has the so much potential to have a positive impact on the world. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am contributing to this and supporting others as they develop a deeper understanding of global issues and empathy for others.

I've gained so much from my time with UWCSEA. I've been pushed by colleagues and students into genuinely reflecting on my own beliefs and there is little doubt my perspective and view of the world has changed enormously. I've learned from others how to tackle hard issues while still demonstrating empathy for alternate points of view. My educational philosophy has developed as I have gained understanding of how students can be significant change agents if engaged and supported in positively advocating for their point of view.

UWCSEA is a very unique place to be. Its purpose and direction is not just printed on brochures; it lives its mission everywhere; from leadership decisions and class room planning to parent engagement and student activities. It takes bold steps to enact the mission often forgoing more traditional decisions that a school might be expected to take. Students are highly engaged and involved and have a genuine sense of responsibility for the shape of the world. UWCSEA is fortunate that it attracts teachers who are leaders in the educational field. We are fortunate that colleagues will challenge your thinking but will support your growth. Whether you join us as a student or as a member of staff, you will learn enormously from the experience of being at UWCSEA.

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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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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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Nick Alchin

Nicholas Alchin, Head of UWCSEA East

The usual thing here is to mention our students - who are indeed wonderful. But all young people are wonderful - whatever their circumstances' that's the gift of being young. So in this we are not special. But we are special because of those who make up our community - our teachers and support colleagues. In my time here I have begun to appreciate the delicate balance between individuals and groups. Individuals can inspire and lead, and are necessary to catalyse change; Groups are how the change happens. So while we rightly admire the Nelson Mandelas and Lee Kuan Yews of this world, we shouldn't neglect the millions of unknown but critical people they lead - they also made change happen. And so this fills me with optimism and hope; maybe some of our students will be famous change-makers - but it's not the famous bit that is important. 

UWCSEA is a school which has an extraordinary ambition - in the sense that it is full to the brim with extraordinary people working together for a noble end. Compared to any other school I've work in, I feel blessed beyond all measure.