Melissa McCreery is the Assistant Tutorial Programme Director. She is currently completing her PhD in Education at Cambridge University, where she studies the influence of institutional culture in widening participation at highly selective universities. Further to her doctoral work, Melissa has worked on a range of research projects including Close the Gap, a joint project between Cambridge & Oxford Universities aimed at bringing about meaningful change in doctoral candidate-selection systems to create a more inclusive environment, as well as the Pembroke College Higher Education Debates, aimed at discussing longstanding questions facing higher education today. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Melissa completed her M.Ed. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In addition to her research and academic career, she has worked for more than 15 years at a range of U.S. colleges and universities, specifically in student recruitment policy, curriculum development, and donor engagement.