Introduction

Our tutors are all specialists in their fields. They are dedicated and passionate about what they teach and are committed to ensuring our students gain their desired qualifications. You can find out a bit more about what makes each one special below. 

Senior Academic Staff

David graduated in 1979 with a 2:1 in Analytical & Descriptive Economics, and then went on to complete his Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1987. A teacher and lecturer for 26 years, then progressing to programme leader and senior lecturer positions, for the last 7 years David has been Programme Leader and Academic Director for University of Essex Online. David is a committed egalitarian and secularist and believes that education is key to promoting social and economic welfare. He has a long-standing commitment to 'life-long learning' and widening access to education.

Dr Desma Brown is Head of Education at the University of Essex online. Desma is an experienced Higher Education professional and has teaching experience on undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, where she played a key role in supervising numerous students from the initial stages of development of their research proposals through to the successful completion of their dissertations.    She was formerly a visiting lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and a programme director for a BEd teacher training programme and an MEd programme at Bradford College University Centre. Desma’s research interest is in sociolinguistics and she has an MEd and EdD in Applied Linguistics from the Open University. Desma recently co-wrote and edited a book on educational research methods which was published in April 2019.

James has joined the academic team as the Acting Head of Undergraduate Business programmes. He has a background in Economics and Political Science and completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of Kent. He has had a number of academic roles both in the UK and abroad and has a background both in face-to-face education and also in the creation and management of online teaching content. James is particularly interested in how artificial intelligence will shape education both in terms of content and methodology in the coming decade.

Naila is the Head of Law at the University of Essex Online having joined the team in May 2015 to develop and lead the LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes. She holds a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of Nottingham (NU). Naila previously worked as a Senior Academic Tutor at Sheffield International College (SIC), a Law Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and a Module Coordinator and Sessional Law Tutor at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). Naila is an enrolled advocate of the Dhaka Bar Association, has also worked as a trainee lawyer for the Human Rights Enforcement Agency, one of the leading NGOs.

Dr Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. She is a Chartered Psychologist and she holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.  

Meigan is the Head of Health programmes at University of Essex Online having joined the team in June 2017 to lead on the Masters of Infection Control and the Masters of Public Health. Graduating with a BSc Hons in Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2014, Meigan continued to complete a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sheffield in 2015. During this time she also conducted primary research for her dissertation on the sexual health and associated needs of men who have sex with men in North Lincolnshire, on behalf of the Council. Meigan previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust as a Health Promotion Specialist, leading on the local development of outreach services with hard to reach populations. During this time she focused on the development of sexual health promotion service and sexual health testing with particular focus on commercial sex workers, young people and vulnerable adults. She also has experience within the Charity and Public Sector, including experience working with the Data Services for Commissioners Team at  NHS England.

Business

A Chartered Accountant since 2003, Aileen has ten years of accounting education experience at ACCA and ICAS as a lecturer, writer, reviewer and examiner. As well as being a tutor for the University of Essex Online, Aileen also teaches tax at the University of Strathclyde, is head tutor for the taxation courses at Learn Signal (an ACCA learning provider) and is an online accounting and finance tutor for the University of Worcester. Aileen also works as an examiner for finance and business ethics for ICAS and is the Business Economics principal examiner for NCC Education. She also marks mocks and final exams for ICAS and ICAEW in a range of subjects including taxation, finance, ethics and case studies.

Over a 20 year career, Alan has built up a wealth of experience in the advertising, marketing and research industries working for a number of advertising agencies in both media planning/buying and account management.  Alan has advertised and marketed many well-known and household brands including Green Isle Foods, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Zurich Insurance, Aer Lingus, Specsavers and Land Rover.  He has also worked for the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ and the independent station, TV3 in research and analytical roles. Alan graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a MSc. Hons degree in Marketing to add to a number of marketing qualifications. He is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has lectured at Masters Level with the National College of Ireland. With the University of Essex Online, Alan tutors a number of marketing modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level including Fundamentals of Marketing, International Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Consumer Behaviour and Services Marketing. Alan has also worked on the design and development of modules along with mentoring new tutors and thoroughly enjoys his interaction with students as they progress through their studies.

Asif was awarded the Westminster Business School Scholarship for MSc study at University of Westminster and subsequently obtained a Distinction at the Masters level in International Business Economics. He teaches the module “Business Environment” for the University of Essex Online programme and also currently works as an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London where he teaches the modules “Macroeconomics for Business” and “Microeconomics for Business” and is currently engaged in PhD research on microfinance after having been previously awarded a scholarship at Birkbeck. Additionally, Asif is a Tutor in Business Management and Economics at Kings College London.

Chris holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Exeter and is also a Member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, and a Chartered IT Professional. He has also been awarded the Honorary Member of City and Guilds for services to vocational education, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Chris has business experience ranging from Systems Adviser to Managing Director Granada Learning Professional Development, and academic experience ranging from lecturing to Governor at the Royal National College for the Blind. Chris focuses his research interests on CRM development, IT services procurement and the development and delivery of in-house training for Further Education middle managers.

Clare graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1998, with a BSc Honours degree, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Newcastle Business School, leading to Chartered Membership of the CIPD.  An interest in personality and self-awareness has shaped her continued development, with practitioner qualifications in coaching, NLP, MBTI and Belbin. Clare has worked primarily within the third sector as a Learning and Development specialist, supporting managers and business leaders to define and plan employee development, including management induction, ILM qualifications and leadership programmes.  Since 2013, Clare has been self-employed, working with a range of businesses to develop management skills and leadership effectiveness.

Deborah has nearly 20 years’ experience in operational and programme management. After an early career in central Government, she joined Royal Mail. She held senior management positions leading teams in project planning and distribution operations before moving into the field of education. Deborah has an MBA from the University of Lancaster and a postgraduate Diploma in TESOL. She teaches at Kaplan’s Liverpool International College and also works for the University of Warwick. Deborah has a wide range of interests, having initially studied Chemistry then Business and English, this reflects her curiosity and personal desire to learn. With nearly 6 years’ experience tutoring international students, she has developed a passion for helping students to flourish and achieve their academic potential.

David graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Modern History. In his early career he held several non-teaching roles before moving into the private sector. He held various management positions before embarking upon an academic career. David previously taught full-time at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC – now Cardiff Metropolitan University); and part-time at Aberystwyth University. He has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since the academy was first founded in 2000. He was also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Since 2009, David has specialised in teaching online learning programmes. His PhD is in Organisational Knowledge and Learning. He has written or co-written three books, the last two for Oxford University Press: Human Resource Development (2009); Strategic Human Resource Management (2012).

Dr Elizabeth George has a BSc in Economics, a Masters in International Business and Management, a Postgraduate Certificate in both Research Methods in Business, and Higher Educational Professional Practice, and a Doctorate in Organisation and Management (Entrepreneurship). Dr George is an educational technology advocate and has worked as a trainer, coach, and lecturer for over a decade. She is the author of peer-reviewed journals, blogs, and books. A trustee pioneer of Leaders and Entrepreneurs Advanced Development (LEAD), the Entrepreneurship Career Centre (ECC), Mu Koyi Sanaa' and the One Million Free book donation project aiming to develop careers. Her multi-industry background enables her to teach across different subjects including leadership, research methods, energy, oil and gas, economics, global governance, consultancy, business strategy, entrepreneurship, employability skills and more. Dr George has successfully supervised on over 100 dissertations, internship, consultancy and entrepreneurship projects across a variety of disciplines from International Business, Economics, Business Economics through to Shipping and Oil and Gas. Dr George is a member of several professional associations including the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), U.K

Dr Kalsoom Jaffar has been a tutor on the Introduction to Finance and Financial Decision Making module with the University of Essex Online since 2017. She is also an experienced tutor on Investment Management, Financial Management, Finance Theory and Fixed Income securities at HE Institution. Kalsoom graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland with a PhD in Banking and Finance. She also has MSc in Banking, Finance and Risk Management and an MBA in Banking and Finance. Kalsoom’s research interests relate particularly to risk management in financial services, bank performance, and financial regulation and compliance.

Richard is the Programme Director for the MSc Professional Accounting course at the University of Hull Business School. Richard also facilitates online courses for both University of Essex and the University of Liverpool. Richard enjoys the online teaching environment and believes it provides an excellent opportunity to learn and engage for student and teachers alike. Richard’s subject specialisation is financial reporting and taxation. Richard is a fellow of the ACCA, the UK's largest accounting body and has a PhD in the area of financial reporting. He also gained an MSc in Finance from the University of Leicester and a BA (Hons) in Accounting from DeMontfort University. Richard has worked in the Middle East and the South Pacific regions in a variety of roles and he currently teaches for Hull in Hong Kong, Singapore, Oman, Bahrain and Africa. Richard has also co authored four textbooks in the area of taxation and has extensive experience of development of online and distance learning materials for a wide variety of institutions globally.

Flor Silvestre Gerardou holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tamaulipas in Mexico, a Master’s in Science in Public Service Policy and Management from King’s College London; and a PhD in Management from King’s College London. She also holds too successful teaching qualifications, PGCHE and GCAP.

Flor is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously worked as a lecturer in accounting at Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (Mexico), King’s College London, University of Lincoln, the International Study Centre of University of Lincoln and Leeds Trinity University. While at Leeds she also worked as a program leader for Accounting and Business.

She has taught modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in business related subjects including Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Economics, Business Ethics and Research Methods.

Georgia completed her BA (Hons) Business Management degree at Manchester Metropolitan University followed by an MS in Marketing at Lancaster University. Her research background focuses on rebranding in the B2B context.
She has previously worked as a business consultant assisting SMEs in the areas of management and marketing. In addition to her role at University of Essex Online, Georgia is also a Marketing Coordinator and part of the project management team at a market research company.

Gill has been tutor on the Fundamentals of Effective Learning with the University of Essex Online since 2011. She is also an experienced tutor on Study Skills/Academic Skills modules and English for Academic Purposes modules for undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing Business, Law and Social Sciences pathways at Glasgow University. Gill graduated from the University of Stirling in Scotland in 1999, with a BA Honours in Modern Languages before completing her PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. Initially working as a Modern Languages teacher in Wales, she developed a keen interest in Study Skills and Academic Skills Support, later joining the English Language Programmes and Academic Support team as an associate lecturer at the University of Cardiff in 2006. Aside from tutoring at Higher Education level, Gill also delivers teacher training courses for prospective TEFL teachers (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and tutors on training courses UK wide on a freelance basis.

Graham is a Marketing and Strategy lecturer with a Ph.d. in Management from the University of London which was focussed on the organisational forms of Social Enterprises. He has a wide array of experience of teaching and management at both UK Universities and French Business Schools. He also possesses expertise in International Accreditation such as EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA Graham has been a distance learning lecturer since the early 1990s and has worked on a number of distance-learning programmes in Europe and the UK. He is currently the Senior Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Marketing for Marketing at Level 4.

Josephine joined University of Essex Online in 2017, teaching the Business and Management Skill module. She has over 6 years of teaching and research experience in UK Higher Education. She teaches on a range of management courses with specialist knowledge in the area of risk and resilience. She is also interested in understanding student transitions and blended learning.

Kirsty is an experienced Independant Training Consultant  and has been working with a number of educational establishments for over 17 years, in the field of Business Management, specialising in Human Resource Management and Marketing.   She has been qualified to teach online since 1999. Kirsty has been working with the University of Essex Online since 2014 within the Business and Management department for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

Lerisa’s background is one of business, having completed a higher diploma in Business Management in 2005; following which, she has worked in a number of different industries in various senior management positions. Her predominant career background however, is in Engineering, specifically the Oil and Gas industry where she has worked in the UK, Russia, the UAE, France; as well as North and South Africa over her sixteen-year professional career span. Since 2010 she has been running a consulting business that specializes in various areas of business management; including human capital development, effective team development and executive coaching. Lerisa believes that management theory and management practice cannot be separated. Therefore, after graduating with her masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Liverpool in 2014, she entered the world of academia in an attempt to sew into the lives of business students. In conjunction with her business consultancy, Lerisa presently delivers freelance tutoring services to a number of Universities in both the UK and South Africa, including the University of Essex Online, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Cape Town where she offers support, guidance and mentorship to a number of undergraduate and post-graduate students globally.

Lisa possesses over 10 years of experience from various Senior Management Training and Development roles within the financial and business service industries, including BT plc, Toyota GB and Halifax UK Bank before moving into academia. Lisa works as a Senior Lecturer specialising within the field of Human Resource Development in particular leadership, management learning and development, data centre leadership, social theory and its influence and effect on learning transfer, social learning and workplace learning.  Lisa has a passion for lifelong learning and works for Newcastle University Business School and remotely for the Lord Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University.

Following a career in the manufacturing sector as an accountant, Marilyn moved into lecturing as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.  Initially teaching management accounting, she developed her interest in information systems and embarked on the MSc Business Management Systems at Warwick University.  She holds a qualification in Teaching Studies in Higher Education from Sheffield Hallam University. Marilyn is also a director of an educational consultancy company, teaches on professional accountancy examination courses, post-graduate degrees and supervises post-graduate student dissertations.

Mark is a Qualified Teacher (PGCE) with an Executive MBA, and MA in Professional Development, Education and Training. He is also a specialist in Education, Leadership and Management, Change Management. Mark is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Management Institute and a member of the CIPD. He has experience in Management and Education, having worked in the Private and Public Sectors, including Royal Mail , NHS and Universities and Colleges. Mark is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and the Association of Project Management and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. He is currently a Programme Director at the University of Wales Trinity St. David.

With over a decade of industry experience in leadership and management, drawn across private and public sectors, Matt now holds a number of Higher Education roles. Matt is an experienced Business Tutor with University of Essex Online delivering a range of modules including: Leadership & Managing Teams; Business Planning; Business Strategy; Marketing & Project Management. Dissertation Supervisor for MBA / MSc students. Prior to working in Higher Education; Matt gained a wealth of experience in Financial Services Management, Retail Management, and the UK Public Sector. Matt's research interests pivot around E-Leadership, Cyber-Crime, Advanced Information Technology, Leadership, Business Systems and E-Business.

Maxine achieved a range of professional and academic qualifications before launching her own educational consultancy business in 2010. She has over 20 years’ business improvement experience in manufacturing, public, commercial and education sectors and has also held various senior positions including Production, Quality and Planning Manager. In addition to delivering a range of modules for University of Essex Online as a tutor, Maxine continues to teach and facilitate programmes for a number of higher education establishments as an Honorary Lecturer. She also designs and develops a range of professional qualifications and post graduate modules for delivery on behalf of a number of universities and commercial organisations.

Tutoring online on business studies degree courses since 2008 (Marketing and Sales orientated modules for University of Essex Online) is just one of the services I have been providing as an education consultant for some 10 years. I have also fulfilled contracts as a Curriculum Content Developer, English for Academic Purposes Tutor, Lecturer in Marketing and Learning Support Manager for a variety of Higher Education establishments in the UK and abroad, over this period. Prior experience was gained in a twenty-year business career encompassing marketing and sales roles primarily in the IT industry, culminating in senior management positions and on to running my own marketing consultancy for a period.

Paul holds the following qualifications, MA in Marketing, BA Hons in Marketing, Diploma of the Market Research Society. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he holds a Fellowship in Learning and Teaching at a leading UK university. He also holds internationally recognised qualifications in Higher Education Learning and Teaching and also in On-Line Tutoring and Facilitation. He holds a Director level position in a leading UK University where his specialism is in marketing which he teaches at undergraduate and post graduate level. He is also an external examiner to other Higher Education Institutions in both the UK and abroad.  Paul uses his twenty plus years commercial experiences and also his teaching experience to provide a balance of academic and professional skills development in the teaching and learning he delivers. Outside of education, he offers consultancy services to business and works with a diverse range of clients. Paul’s area of interest is helping students and businesses maximise their potential by understanding their own strengths and weaknesses and critically helping them to deliver what their customers expect of them.

Paul holds an MA in Marketing, BA Hons in Marketing, Diploma of the Market Research Society, Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Managers and a formal qualification in online tutoring and facilitation. He also holds university teacher status in business and management. Paul has over 25 years’ commercial experience, ultimately running the marketing operation for a major UK financial services organisation. He currently runs his own marketing consultancy business working with a diverse range of clients. Paul’s passion is helping students and businesses maximise their potential by understanding their own strengths and weaknesses and helping them to deliver what is expected.

Phil has previously specialised in marketing and business strategy across a variety of businesses from start-ups to global blue chips, which enables him to offer students a unique insight into the application of academic learning in the workplace and helps him to bring group discussions to life. Furthermore both of his undergraduate and MBA dissertations were focused on growth in small businesses and he has provided consultancy to small businesses. Phil is particularly keen for students to recognise how the modules of their course fit together to form a cohesive understanding of how business works and how it needs to adapt to accommodate the changing environment.

Riaz holds a first-class BA (Hons) Degree in Business and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. Her early career was spent working as a trainee chartered accountant, operational director, and company accountant. Additionally, she has over fifteen years’ educational experience working with cutting-edge technology delivering accounting, business and economics modules via video conferencing. In addition to delivering a range of modules for University of Essex Online as a tutor, Riaz continues to teach numerous undergraduate and postgraduate modules for Arden University and Bangor University. Furthermore, Riaz has experience in delivering CIPD HRM Level 5 modules to industry professionals. Riaz’s passion is helping students maximize their potential by understanding their own strengths and recognizing their weaknesses, helping students meet their expectations. Delivering teaching of the highest quality and enhancing the student experience.

Robert has worked as an online tutor for the Brighton School of Business & Management since November 2011 and deals with HND and HNC Business programmes. He also delivers a variety of e-learning modules for the College of Estate Management and has worked for the University of Essex Online since June 2010. His main responsibilities are delivering the Work Based Learning 1 and 2; Business Management Project; and Business Management Skills modules. He also supervises MSc Business and Management and MBA projects. In the earlier years, he dealt with the Business Finance and Business Environment modules. He holds a BA Honours Business Studies degree, postgraduate qualifications in IT and accounting and finance, and teaching. He also holds an MA in Education.

Sarah possesses over 20 years of experience from various Senior Management HRM roles across a range of sectors and organisations, including British Airways, Home Group PLC, Gateshead College, Northumbria University & NCG Sarah has worked across several HR disciplines including Learning and Development, Organisational Development, Talent Management and Generalist HR, managing teams and supporting organisations at a strategic level. Sarah gained her teaching qualification in 2012 and has supported learners via traditional class room methods and on-line, specialising in Leadership and Management development, Coaching, Organisational Development & Training and HRM. Sarah is passionate about lifelong learning and works currently within the FE/HE sector.

Criminology

Ajoy recently retired as a Detective Inspector in the London Metropolitan Police Service. Over his career Ajoy has gained considerable experience serving as a detective in a variety of major enquiry investigations including his work Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13). Alongside Ajoy’s vast professional experience he has completed an undergraduate degree and has also completed a postgraduate degree at the University of Leicester. Ajoy has also gained considerable experience teaching internationally as a visiting Faculty Fellow at the American University Washington. Ajoy is currently a corporate investigator for a major international airline, dealing with fraud and internal investigation in the UK and overseas.

Basia Spalek is a Visiting Professor in Conflict Transformation at the University of Derby. Basia has undertaken extensive and in-depth research into community-based approaches to counter-terrorism, including community policing initiatives, mentoring, and de-radicalisation interventions. Recent books include Counter-Terrorism: community-based approaches to preventing terror crime (Palgrave Macmillan); and Terror Crime Prevention with Communities (Bloomsbury Academic).  Basia is regularly consulted by international, national and local state and non-state actors and institutions, including the OSCE, ISD, RUSI, the Home Office, counter-terrorism policing units and others. Basia is also a BACP accredited psychotherapist at the University of Leicester Counselling Service and has her own private practice.  Basia’s therapeutic work includes working with young people, prisoners, older people and with communities, and Basia also supervises counselling practitioners, youth workers and others involved in mental health and wellbeing. Basia’s latest book, which she has written with her brother Mark Spalek, is due to be published by Routledge in 2019: Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling: a textbook.

Carol holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and a postgraduate in International Relations and Security Studies. After first researching International Relations, then a career in IT, Carol returned to academic study. She achieved an undergraduate degree in Community Justice and a Diploma in Probation Studies, qualifying as a Probation Officer in 2004. In this role, Carol has held a number of different positions, working with life-sentenced prisoners, a youth offending team, the Crown and Magistrates Court, various field probation teams and in accredited programmes. Carol later specialised in working with female offenders and this area is her main practitioner and academic interest. Carol has been working as a Freelance Tutor since January 2011 and enjoys working with students via the online education platform.

Cristina d’Aniello obtained her first degree in Law at the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy. After passing the bar examination and working as a lawyer in Italy, she moved to the UK in 2012 to undertake a MSc in Clinical Criminology at the University of Leicester. Cristina concluded her MSc with a Distinction and was awarded the Palgrave Macmillan Best Dissertation Prize. She then joined the Department of Criminology of the University of Leicester, where she completed her PhD and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Cristina’s teaching expertise embraces various areas: Introduction to Criminal Justice; Psychology and Crime; Youth, Crime and Justice; Current Issues in Clinical Criminology; Forensic Science & Justice; Crime, Justice and Psychology; etc. Her main research interests involve deception detection in forensic contexts; jury decision-making; miscarriages of justice; inaccurate interpretation of forensic evidence; psychology in the courtroom. Cristina is now a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

David Marshall is a serving senior police officer who began his police career in 1992. As a Police Constable he served in a number of uniformed and specialist roles. Transferring to British Transport Police in 2000, David gained promotion to Sergeant where he operated in various geographic areas of the force both as a uniformed Sergeant and within the Crime Management Department. Promotion to Inspector saw David head up force operations in Edinburgh during which time he was heavily involved in the policing of the G8 summit in 2005. As an inspector he also served as staff officer to the Assistant Chief Constable. Promotion to Chief Inspector saw David assume responsibility for territorial operations for BTP Scotland Division. As a chief inspector, David also held command roles within Operational Support and Protective Services. He also served as the Divisional lead for Professional Standards. As Superintendent, David is responsible for the day to day policing of Scotland’s rail network with overall responsibility for territorial policing, operational support, and crime and intelligence. David is an experienced senior leader, is a member of the Chartered Management Institute, and is an accredited College of Policing Public Order Gold and Silver Commander. He has a strong background in the planning and delivery of large scale events, including the Ryder Cup in 2014, and more recently as Silver Commander for the Scotland v England World Cup Football qualifier where he coordinated the force response and mobilisation. David holds a Foundation Degree in Arts in Policing, a Bachelor of Science in Crime and Criminology, and a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Psychology. He is an occasional guest lecturer at Abertay University where he presents to criminology students on a range of police related topics including counter terrorism, public order policing, and suicide prevention and mental health.

Domenico, a qualified EU Advocate and a chartered Criminologist, is currently pursuing a PhD in Terrorism at the University of London. After qualifying as an advocate in the European Union in 2015 (and obtaining his LLL as part of the process), Domenico has worked for a number of UK law and consultancy firms. He is also a Professional Consultant for the Ministry of Justice of Italy, part of the Scientific Committee that produced the 'Cybercrime Lexicon', presented to the International Community in May 2015 at the Dublin Summit against Cyberbullying. After a brief experience as Research Assistant for the EU Commission, he is now a Visiting Lecturer, in Italy and the UK, in Law, Politics and Criminology.

Dr Faiza Qureshi-Grew completed her MSc and PhD at Loughborough University. Her PhD (2008) focused on examining patterns and trends in police ‘Stop and Search’ through utilising police data and the Crime Survey of England and Wales. Her research interests rest within the field of police strategies and management and counter-terrorism policy. She has designed, developed and carried out research projects with several police services across England and Wales and has very strong background in quantitative research methods.

After a career in secondary education, Guy completed his doctorate at Keele University. In 2014, Guy joined the criminology department at Keele as a Teaching Fellow. At Keele, Guy has taught the full range of undergraduate criminology modules, has led several modules and has been fully engaged in administration and personal tutoring. Much of Guy’s research has focussed on police work, exploring the role of the ordinary police officer and the mundane work of policing. The nineteenth century has been important in this work, analysing the Victorian origins of police cultures and practices. There is a strong cultural interest in Guy’s work. He has published on the Victorian Fair, cock-fighting, prize-fighting, local newspapers and Victorian Cumbria and the white-collar crime. Guy is currently actively researching the Victorian penal system, looking in particular at convicts serving life sentences. This is a qualitative study analysing how they petitioned for early release and the criteria which influenced the decisions of the Home Office. It offers an insight into the genealogy of our current penal and parole systems.

Dr Heather Norris is a lecturer in criminology with a specialism in psychology. She mainly researches restorative justice and prefers quantitative mixed methods. Dr Norris studied her PhD at Aberystwyth University Law and Criminology Department. Before that she studied her MA Criminology and Bond University Queensland. She also studied her BA Psychology and Religion at Dartmouth Hanover, New Hampshire, USA and her Postgraduate Certificate in Education & Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at Aberystwyth, Wales.

Hilary is a retired police officer having completed 30 years of service with South Wales Police. Throughout her career she has served in various departments including response, community, serious and major crime as a HOLMES operator and concluded her career in the training department. Hilary has presented her research in conferences in both the UK and in the USA and has published with distinguished authors. Hilary is also a part-time lecturer on the Police Sciences Degree Course at the University of South Wales and has been tutoring with University of Essex Online since 2011.

Dr Maria Alvanou is a Criminologist (International Research Doctorate in Criminology-University of Trento) actively engaged in the field of terrorism studies, CT and P/ CVE, radicalization, social unrest and racist/far right extremist violence, with a special interest on gender. Her Doctoral thesis was about suicide operations and women perpetrators during the second Intifada/Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her postdoctoral studies, supported by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, were in the field of Criminal Law/Criminology on internet incitement to terrorism and European/Greek legislation. She holds a Master in History, Philosophy & Sociology of Law. She is a Member of ITSTIME Research Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies (Catholic University of Milan) and contributes to its online journal Sicurezza. Currently she is researching the radicalization of women in extremist violence as well as the globalization of terror operational methodologies and the challenges posed for counter terrorism, with special focus in the relevant situational prevention measures. Her interests include Internet and Terrorism, Women Terrorists, Suicide Terrorism, Aviation Terrorism, Cases of Criminal Law and Human Rights, Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

Maureen has an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a PhD in Criminology. She is an active researcher in the fields of child sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual violence and has been teaching criminology and policing for 13 years at a number of higher education institutions. Maureen’s experience comes from 17 years work in the criminal justice system as a Fingerprint Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Scientist, Financial Investigator and Criminal Intelligence Analyst. She has also worked with offenders both in prisons and in the community and has coordinated community-based programmes for sex offenders and young people who sexually harm. Maureen was also a subject area specialist (policing) and external verifier for the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Education

David graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of York before moving onto study a PGCE Primary course. He spent time teaching key stage two, mainly in year 6, for a number of years covering schools in both London and York before making the move to deputy headteacher in Leeds for five years. In 2002, David moved to Bradford College as a Senior Lecturer in Maths Education, eventually becoming Curriculum Team Leader for all primary courses and then Programme Manager for school partnerships, both primary and secondary, in 2012. He was then appointed to Head of the Faculty of Education in 2015, given the responsibility of managing all education programmes and around thirty staff members. In 2018 he was appointed Head of Division for Education and Community, comprising Education and the School of Social Care and Community Practice. This included Social Work; Early Years; Youth work and counselling degrees with Masters. In April 2019 he opted to take redundancy and become a freelance educational consultant.  

Dr Graham Stevens has held a number of senior posts in European Higher Education across a number of institutions. He has held key posts at a national level within the Quality Assurance Agency and the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) in quality enhancement. He has a highly successful track record in research informed teaching and learning as both an experienced and innovative practitioner and as a senior academic in Colleges and Universities. He has worked for international agencies and organisations including the British Council, Euricon and the European Commission and has successfully completed educational projects in Denmark, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Spain and North Africa. Dr Graham is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was most recently the Dean, Scholarship and Research at Bradford College. He now works as an independent advisor and consultant, currently working with the University of Lincoln on the development of new research methods aimed at improving teaching and learning.

Dr. Trevor Gerhardt has over 20 years’ experience working within the third sector and a further 10 years’ combined experience in Higher Education covering a number of disciplines. He has conducted research and shared publications on a range of topics including religion, reflection, work-based learning and career development.

He holds Senior Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy and a number of education qualifications. This includes a Doctorate in Education (EDA), MA in Learning and Development, PgCert, T&L and PgCert in Education and a BA in Psychology.

Pepa Grundy, a Learning Development Tutor at Liverpool International College, has an MA in Theology and Religious Studies, an MA in Russian Philology, a PGCE in Education and Training for the Post-compulsory Sector (PCET), a PG Cert in Education (Inclusion and SEN) and holds the qualified teacher status (QTS) for maintained schools and non-maintained special schools in England. Pepa is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently working towards her Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Pepa has more than 25 years teaching experience in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and abroad. Her teaching and tutoring are informed by a keen interest in supporting students from varied educational backgrounds to grow academically and achieve their learning goals. Pepa's current research interests are in cyberpsychology and education, more specifically how enhanced online teacher immediacy influences student motivation and cognitive learning. She is also interested in the role of education in the wider society, as well as the social and emotional aspects of learning.

Health

Benedict holds a BA (Joint Honours) in Sociology and Politics from the University of Essex and a Multidisciplinary MA from the University of Sussex. He has since gone on to study a PG Cert in Health and Social Care Management and in Online and Distance Learning, both of which studied with the Open University. He has also studied towards a PGCE in Further and Higher Education from the University of Brighton. Benedict has spent a number of years in Health and Social Care Management and Service Development.  Since 2016 he has provided Consultancy and Training to Public, Private and Third Sector organisations in a variety of different areas. He currently holds academic posts at the Open University, University of Wales Trinity St David and Anglia Ruskin University teaching a wide range of Academic subjects toboth Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. His academic interests relate to the emergent field of ‘Eco-Anxiety’ and the possibility of innovation within mental health and learning disability services through user-led initiated ‘educative’ models of Practice.  

Che Katz has worked in international healthcare for over 30 years spending time working in Australia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and the UK. She most recently worked as Country Director for an innovative mHealth program in Timor Leste, Asia helping ensure pregnant women receive the healthcare they need. She has held various leadership roles within Marie Stopes International supporting a comprehensive reproductive health service. This included social marketing, product development, quality of care, clinical innovation, clinical training, and outreach services. Much of her work has focused on behaviour and social change communication and health promotion. This has given her the opportunity to work on a spectrum of health issues including: HIV, maternal and child health, nutrition, immunisation, tobacco cessation, cervical cancer, disability; along with adolescent, indigenous, and environment health. Over the years she has worked for a wide range of government, non-government, academic, and donor agencies including USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA, DFID, EU, Global Fund, Asian Development Bank, and DFAT. She holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Educational Technology, and a Master of History and Philosophy of Science, and undergraduate qualifications in Anthropology and Political Science.

Dr. Ayana Horton graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University in 1997. She then moved on to work as an occupational therapist both in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. In 2002 Anya earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. She has since earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Manchester, covering organisational psychology. Ayana has more than 15 years of experience working as a lecturer and researcher and has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level in healthcare management and organisational psychology.

Dr Debbi Marais is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and holds more than 20 years’ experience within higher education. She posses expertise in teaching and assessment internally and externally, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She holds particular expertise in programme and course coordination; quality assurance, curriculum development and reform; student recruitment and selection and mentoring and pastoral care. Debbi qualified as a Dietitian and worked in the public sector in South Africa for 8 years. She moved into academia, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she completed her PhD. Before moving to the UK and completing her PG Cert in Higher Education Teaching and Learning and has since worked at Universities in both Scotland and England. Debbi is committed to supporting and promoting innovative teaching, reflective practice and enhanced student experience. She has more than 50 publications in areas covering both public health nutrition and pedagogy.

Dr Emma Richards is currently a medical writer for the pharmaceutical sector covering a variety of therapeutic areas including anti-invectives, osteoporosis, HIV, HCV, multiple myeloma, melanoma and aesthetics in medical education and advertising. She has also worked for the University of Essex Online for over four years delivering health modules and as a dissertation supervisor. Alongside this, she completed her PhD in Bacteriology and Infection at Imperial College London, specialising in Clostridium difficile research. Having completed a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science, followed by a Master's degree in Biochemical research, she has a strong background in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and diagnostics.

Julia's primary teaching and research interests are around social justice and inequality; children's health and well-being; maternal and women's health; international development; global health; community development; conflict, war and humanitarian disasters; participatory methods and children's rights/participation as well as online teaching. She has carried out research with children of prisoners, children who live and work on the street and missing children. Before working in HE, she worked as a health professional, a researcher on a child development study and was the manager of a family support centre.

Dr. Ken Yan Wong is an Academic Consultant holding both a First Class Honours in BSc Occupational Therapy and a PhD from Cardiff University. He consults on degree to PhD level research and theses, supporting students during essay planning and other academic-related matters. He delivers speeches and workshops which focus on helping students develop academic skills and navigate life at University and beyond. He is an honorary tutor and active researcher at Cardiff University specialising in healthcare studies, education and philosophy and reviews manuscripts for journals including the British Medical Journal and Reflective Practice.

Dr Sara Gilani holds an MBBS from the University of Health Sciences, Pakistan and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, graduating with a distinction. She has been involved in teaching online Public Health programmes for over four years, covering modules on Research Methods, Epidemiology and Population Health. Sara currently works as a researcher in the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases, LSHTM exploring the reasons for high cardiovascular mortality in Russia. Her expertise includes study design, questionnaire development, data analysis, and report and proposal writing. Sara has presented works in different conferences and has had work published in journals, she also serves as a reviewer for the Eastern Mediterranean Health journal and editor for the Health Cyberletter at Gallup Pakistan..

Dr. Nana Yaa Opoku is a Public Health Physician who joined the University of Essex Online in 2019. She is a qualified medical doctor (MBCHB) and previously worked in low-resourced communities in Africa, before starting her career in public health. Nana trained to become an expert in migrant health in 2012, at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, appointed as a panel physician that same year. She has since been involved in research and advocacy projects that continue to impact positively on the health of forced migrants. She has also designed and delivered a number of training programmes for health personnel that work in border protection, helping to commission a number of culturally appropriate interventions for health promotion both in the U.K. and abroad. Her time working with the CDC motivated her to study a master’s degree in public health which she completed with a distinction, she also currently holds a PhD in Global health. Nana's decision to become an online tutor was down to her commitment to help reduce health disparities and strengthen health systems, the world over. She is keen to impact knowledge to everybody everywhere who desires to make a change.

Dr. Tara Tancred is currently a research associate within UCL's Institute of Education, working on a systematic literature review of various interventions integrated into academic curricula that aim to reduce violence and substance abuse in youth. Tara is also leading a realist evaluation of a quality improvement intervention in southern Tanzania, and the qualitative component of a theory of change-based evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Better Immunization Data Initiative in northern Tanzania. Her previous research experience has been broad, from culturing of bone marrow and testing anti-myeloma therapeutics in experimental oncology, to photography projects and body mapping with youth and women in Uganda. Her PhD work centred on a process evaluation of a community-based quality management intervention that aimed to improve maternal and new-born health in rural south-eastern Tanzania.

Elizabeth Shassere is a public health consultant by background, with a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. She has worked in England in the NHS and in local government, as well as in the U.S at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was an executive director of public health in the NHS and cabinet officer in local government. In those roles she contributed to the design, development, and delivery of university public health degree programme content. She successfully led several large public health departments through major programmes of change. Elizabeth wrote her first book, Becoming a Fearless Leader: A simple guide to taking control and building happy, productive, highly-performing teams, to share the hard lessons learned during those transformations.

Jane is a health and wellbeing programme manager in Public Health England, leading on tobacco, drugs and alcohol in the East Midlands. She has worked in public health for 10 years, and during that time has also led work on physical activity; healthy weight; healthy places and sustainability. In 2015 Jane was given an award to recognise her contribution to public health and wellbeing by Jane Ellison MP, the then Minister for Public Health, for her work with the Rebalancing the Outer Estates charity where she worked closely with the local MP to deliver public health projects in Nottingham North. Jane has a Masters degree in public health from Nottingham University; and is an assessor for the UKPHR Public Health Practitioner scheme. Her interests are the impact of place on health; the wider determinants of health and health inequalities. Before joining the department of Health in 2008 Jane worked in various Whitehall departments and has experience of policy development at a national level, as well as having worked closely with politicians in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. She has also spent several years living and working in West Africa.

Jorge was born in Portugal and graduated from Piaget Institute of Health in 2005, with a BSc Honours degree in Nursing. He then moved on to study a Master in Public Health and a PhD course in Occupational Health and Safety (2008-2012) at the University of Oporto. He also holds a Postgraduate Degree in Intensive Care Nursing graduating from King’s College University. Jorge previously spent time working in Portugal, Spain, and the UK as an ICU Nurse and collaborated with various Nursing Schools and Universities in lecturing, tutoring and mentoring students. Since 2018, He has has been self-employed, working with different hospitals across London.

Judith has worked within nursing for over 20 years, including working as a Health Promotional Specialist and Clinical and Strategic lead for chronic conditions for a large health board. During this time, she was responsible for developing policies and service changes for diabetes, respiratory and chronic illness services and innovations in coping with multiple admission patients. She has worked in a senior-level position on a health board, holding particular responsibility for Primary Care Clinical Governance, deputising for the medical director. Judith has since worked as a Programme Director on the Health & Social Care Degree. This involved teaching and managing the programme; including writing new modules, as part of the degrees revalidation, and the development of an integrated Masters Programme within Public Health. Judith holds an interest in Health Promotion, Risk Management and sociology relating to chronic illness and a keen passion in the social history of medicine. She is a qualified/ registered nurse with a BA (Hons) in education, a PgcHE; Diploma in Aromatherapy, A Diploma in Reflexology and is currently working towards a Diploma in Online Teaching and a Professional Doctorate in Nursing.

Kinga works as a health services researcher, interested in qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland, and a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Sheffield. She has spent time working on the evaluation of NHS services, clinical trials and research projects, her research work concentrated on developing methods for improving the usefulness of cost effectiveness modelling.

Kirsty has over 15 years’ experience as an Operations Manager specialising in service delivery, streamlining systems and processes to improve the stakeholder experience. She successfully achieved a BA (Hons) in Business and Management and an MSc in Corporate Management Psychology whilst working on a full-time basis. Kirsty also specialises in training programs and lecturing in organisational behaviour, she has worked as a consultant and associate lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate students. She combines her managerial and consulting experience to bring a unique form of experiential learning. She has developed a suite of courses that translates academic theories that can be applied to the workplace. Her approach of one to one coaching style teaching has had a positive impact with long lasting results.

Lisa Knight has a background in quality improvement and governance in health and social care, she has worked as a management consultant, coach, and Non-Executive Director. She is an experienced Programme and Change Manager, with practitioner qualifications in PRINCE2 and Lean methodology. She continues to support organisations in order to drive change and service improvement in the public and voluntary sector. Lisa graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA Honours degree in Mental Health Nursing, before completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Research at Edge Hill University and an MSc in Innovation & Improvement Science at Lancaster University.

Opeyemi is a researcher at the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. She studied toward a postgraduate master’s degree in Public Health and an undergraduate degree in dentistry, with her motivation coming from her desire to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals. She was also awarded a Higher Education Academy (HEAcademy) grant to study for her PhD degree, which she completed in 2018. She has since worked as a visiting lecturer and an online tutor at the University of Wolverhampton and Dundee. Opeyemi has won various awards and prizes for both her dedication and hard work. She reviews article for Journals such as, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Journal publication "The bulletin" and the Athens Journal of Education. She has also disseminated her research in journal publications and many conferences.

Roberta was born in Brazil and after completing her degree in Modern Languages in 1998 she came to England to improve her spoken English and ended up getting married. She achieved a degree in Environmental Health (BSc Hons) and after working as an EHP for a couple of years, she returned to education and completed a Master of Public Health at The University of Nottingham. Roberta worked for Bolsover District Council for 7 years and moved to the Health Protection Team in Public Health England in 2013. Roberta is also an examiner for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – a role which sees her mentoring students through their qualification process.

Tim is an experienced educator and dual registered nurse. He has spent time working in nursing, nurse education, Higher Education, Further Education and the private sector as a Senior Lecturer, Program Manager, Clinical Assessor and IQA. He has worked for sixteen years as a Senior and Principal Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. This included heading up the Undergraduate Health Studies programme and the international recruitment of students. Tim was also one of the founding members of the Staffordshire and Shropshire Lifelong learning network, helping in the development of learning opportunities for students. This included the development of individual bespoke learning packages such as Foundation Degrees and Undergraduate Awards. He also took the lead in the development of a Higher Education course in Complementary Therapies, which was amongst the first in the country to embed academically recognised practice. Tim was one of the key figures involved in the set up one of the first Psychiatric Mother and Baby Units in the County. He has since worked as an assessor for apprentices in the clinical sector and worked as a Distance Learning Tutor for a number of providers and a question writer for End Point Assessment and End Point Assessor. He has recently completed his training as a St. John’s Event Volunteer broadening his experience in helping others; adding to qualifications in RGN, RMN, RNT, BSc, Cert Ed, MSc, A1 and V1.

Law

Holding an LLB (Hons) Law, an LLM in International Business Law and a Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, Christina McCarthy has over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer and examiner at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Christina has a vocational and academic background in both English law and New York State law and is an expert in the drafting and interpretation of commercial contracts for company clients. Christina is regularly engaged by Qfqual in her capacity as a registered external expert in law and acts as a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She currently lectures as an associate with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of London.

Chris was awarded his LLB in 2010, and has also completed a Masters degree in UK Human Rights and Public Law (receiving a distinction). Alongside the LLM, Chris worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the LLB programme, teaching Land Law then the Introduction to Property Law and Public Law modules. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and worked as a researcher on a Nuffield Foundation funded project conducted by the University of Essex and the Public Law Project. Chris is currently working on his PhD, evaluating theories of constitutional dialogue through case studies on freedom of conscience and religion.

Claire Bradley has worked as a law lecturer and business lecturer for the last ten years. Claire holds a BA French Honours, an MSc in Business and Tourism, CILEX Professional Higher Diploma in Law and an MA in European law. She is a specialist in EU law and is registered as an EU law expert with the European Commission.

Dr Damian M. Bielicki holds a PhD in International Law. He is a director of the Law & Technology Research Group at Kingston University London. He is also an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the founder of the Space Law Centre, the world’s largest database of space law and policy related issues (www.spacelawcentre.org).

Elina received her PhD from Surrey University in 2014 and her research is in corporate crime/white-collar and economic crime, with special emphasis on bribery and corruption. Elina’s research is of socio-legal nature and she is a member of the Socio - Legal Studies Association. Elina has over ten years’ experience of teaching law, particularly Criminal law and Evidence, Corporate law, and English Legal System and Skills.

Johanna worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the LLB Programme at the University of Essex, teaching contract law and  academic, legal  and professional skills. She also worked as an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where she taught on the LLM in international business law. She is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also worked on the Essex Business and Human Rights Project as a researcher. Johanna has an LLM from the University of Bordeaux and a M.sc from Birkbeck College. She studied her PhD at the University of Essex, analysing the legal authority of non-state rules in international commercial contracts.

Dr Mischa is an experienced LLB lecturer and examiner. She joins Kaplan from London Metropolitan University, where for 15 years she was Senior Lecturer in Law and Course Leader for the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE). During her teaching career, she has led and developed modules in Criminal Law, English Legal System, Evidence, Penal Policy, and Legal Research. She has also specialised in academic skills mentoring and training for law students. Mischa’s undergraduate degree was in French Literature and Philosophy (University College London). She then converted to law, completing the CPE and the LPC at the University of Law. She discovered a love for legal research, and decided to remain in academia. She holds an LLM in Criminal Litigation (City University), a Masters in Research in Legal Theory and a PhD (both Birkbeck College, University of London). Her research interests are in criminal law, penal policy and the place of forgiveness in the criminal justice system (the subject of her doctoral research). Alongside her work as a tutor for Kaplan, Mischa is an Associate Tutor for the Open University on the Public Law /Criminal Law module.

Pamela was awarded her LLB in 2010 from University of Athens and in 2011 comp her LLM at London City University. She studied her PhD thesis in EU Banking Law at University of Reading. Pamela is a sessional lecturer at University of Reading, where she teaches and leads two LLM modules both in campus and distance learning, including Investment Treaty Arbitration and Intenational Economic Law. She is also a qualified Athens Bar Association Attorney, with experience in international transactions and central banking law.

Dr Reza Beheshti works as a full-time lecturer at the University of Nottingham, School of Law. At University of Essex Online, he teaches international sales, international competition law, and commercial law. Reza holds PhD and LLM degrees from the University of Leicester and an LLB from the Shiraz State University (Iran). Before joining the University of Nottingham in October 2016, he was lecturer for one year at the University of Leicester, where he taught commercial law, contract law and international sales transactions. He has also worked in Leicester as a part-time tutor teaching contract law during his PhD studies.

Dr Roberto Castro de Figueiredo is an international advocate with years of experience in commercial and investment arbitration, public international law and energy disputes. Roberto is the author of several publications in the field of commercial and investment arbitration. He holds an LLB from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, a certificate of specialization in the Law of International Relations from the University of Vienna, an LLM in International Dispute Resolution and Management from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy – CEPMLP (University of Dundee), and a PhD from the University of London. Roberto also teaches international commercial litigation and arbitration, and English commercial law at the LLB and LLM programmes of the Middlesex University in London.

Dr Stuart Weinstein is an internationally recognised thought leader on legal risk management, governance and compliance.  A legal academic and solicitor, Stuart is also qualified as an attorney at law in California, District of Columbia and New York.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a Juris Doctor from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Hertfordshire.

Emily joined University of Essex Online as an Associate Lecturer in 2018, having spent the 10 years previous lecturing at BPP. She has extensive experience of developing and teaching online law programmes both in the UK and overseas. Prior to this, Emily practised as a barrister, specializing in criminal defence. Her teaching interests include Criminal Law, Property Law and Professional Skills. She has experience of teaching at every level of postgraduate study, from the LLB to preparing students for the Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme.

Fiona Cartwright has been teaching in higher education for 6 years and works on a part time basis with the University of Essex Online and the University of Sunderland. She specializes in contract, business law and law and the elderly client and has designed teaching materials and assessments for these modules. Fiona is also a qualified solicitor of 5 years and is still in practice advising on general civil litigation matters. She obtained her undergraduate and masters in law from Northumbria University in 2012 and also has a PG Cert teaching and learning in HE qualification.

Nina has over eleven years’ experience of teaching law at degree and postgraduate levels at several London institutions. Her main areas of expertise are International Trade Law, Commercial Law, Contract and International Commercial Arbitration. She has considerable experience of online/remote delivery of classes.

Robert Jago studied a BA (Hons) in Law and History at the University of Kent and then a MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has taught at a wide range of institutions in a wide range of both compulsory and optional subjects on the LLB. He started his career in law and criminology as a research assistant for Home Office funded research projects including young offenders experience of military training regimes, the classification and monitoring of sex offenders in the community and parents experience of parenting orders as part of New Labour’s crime reduction programme. His research interests broadly fall under the umbrella of social inclusion where he has written about certain groups within society who find themselves excluded by law and policy. He has a particular interest in law and corruption and law in health care regulation. He also sits as a Justice of the Peace for the Surrey and Sussex Bench and he is a tier 1 judge of the unified Family court and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Siobhan is practitioner in the subject area having worked for a medical indemnifier for eight years. Prior to this, she tutored adults and children including those with special learning needs. As a result she takes pride in finding creative ways to explain a point (both verbal and written) so as to ensure that the message is conveyed effectively to a student. In addition to her full-time job she has sat on the Judicial Panel for the Rugby Football Union for six years; first as a member of the Anti-Doping Panel and now as a Judicial Panel Member. Siobhan completed her LLB in 2008 followed by the LPC in 2009. She started her Masters in Sports Law and Practice in September 2018.

Psychology

Brandon is a doctoral candidate, who graduated from the University of Winchester in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognition, and in 2017 with an MSc in Forensic Psychology. He is an experienced Researcher, working closely with Fire and Rescue Services and Police Constabularies across the United Kingdom.

He has held various quantitative and qualitative research positions in the domain of Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, which have been funded by the University of Portsmouth and Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). He has also worked with High-Risk Sex Offenders in the community, assessing recidivism risk, social needs and support networks. He is currently collaborating with practitioners and academics across a variety of fields, developing and evidencing protocols for frontline emergency services.

Brandon has, and continues to, present research nationally and internationally, discussing the efficacy of evidence-based tools for frontline emergency services. He is also co-author for various academic papers, in preparation.

Brandon is a member of the British Psychological Society, book reviewer for the Psychology Teaching Review and is working towards his professional registration as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

Dr Denise Miller achieved a BA in Education from the University of Greenwich in 1996. She worked in primary schools for 8 years before embarking on training to become an educational psychologist. Denise Miller attained an MSc in Educational Psychology from University College London and started working as a fully qualified Educational Psychologist (EP) in the London Borough of Lambeth in 2005. She successfully completed a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology in 2014, and she returned to the University of Greenwich, this time as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculties of Psychology and Education and Health. As a teacher, lecturer and educational psychologist, Denise has worked in primary and secondary school settings, as well as, further and higher education contexts. She has a substantial knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum and of the most effective teaching, learning and positive behaviour management strategies and interventions. Denise has also delivered training on wide-ranging topics relating to improving the quality of teaching and learning for children and young people.

Dr Fiona Duncan has a MA(Hons) in Psychology from Aberdeen University, a MSc in Psychological Research Methods from Plymouth University and a MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of the West of England. Her PhD, which she completed in 2016 at the University of Edinburgh, explored fatigue after stroke, specifically its associations with mood, physical activity and/or physical fitness. She has been working in university research for a number of years now and has several publications in peer review academic journals.

Dr Julia Neufeind obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews. Her primary research interests revolve around cognitive processing and supporting vulnerable individuals. She has a background working for the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. In addition, she has a background in Forensic Psychology working for the Alcohol and Drug Partnerships of East Central Scotland. Since 2018, she is working in the field of scholarly analytics with Cabells International. In addition, she has been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University since 2010, where she teaches Psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is based in Fife and in her free time she enjoys running, creative writing, as well as spending time with her horse and dog.

Dr Louisa Green is a qualified Child and Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). She obtained her Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Bristol where she completed research projects exploring the experiences of school staff.  Prior to obtaining her doctorate, Louisa also gained an MSc in Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. As an Educational Psychologist Louisa works at different levels of the child’s system in order to facilitate change; for example, at an individual level through assessment and therapeutic intervention, at an organisational level through consultation and training, and at a strategic level through policy development and action research. Louisa has considerable prior experience working in mental health services. Following completion of her BSc in Psychology, Louisa obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Mental Health Studies and worked as a Mental Health Practitioner in a medium secure hospital with adults aged 18-65. During this time Louisa completed a secondment to the Youth Offending Team and became interested in mental health promotion and early intervention with children, young people and their families. Louisa then gained employment as a children’s Primary Mental Health worker with the local authority and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This sparked her interest in Educational Psychology, and particularly working with the wider school system in order to support children and young people.

Dr Mark Ashton Smith obtained his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh’s 'Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)’, Pittsburgh, USA. He was a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University (UK) for a number of years and went on to help build direct psychology programs in Dubai, Cyprus and Turkey - including the University of Bilkent. He continues an active research program with international collaborators in the field of cognitive interventions – with applications in education, cognitive health and performance. He is the founder and director of the cognitive intervention and coaching company IQ Mindware, and runs the online Health, Resilience and Performance (HRP) Lab website. He is based in both Cambridge and Cornwall, and in his free time enjoys adventure sports and the liberal arts.

Dr Rebecca Stack completed her PhD at the University of Manchester on adherence to medicines and health decisions in people prescribed multiple medicines. She is a member of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology, and the Division of Teachers, Academics and Researchers in Psychology. Rebecca Stack’s teaching areas span health psychology, psychological well-being, social psychology, research methods and the development of critical academic skills. Rebecca’s research interests include understanding patient help-seeking behaviour at the onset of chronic illness and identifying barriers to patient self-management of chronic illness, especially co-morbid illness (such as arthritis and heart disease) and multi-morbidity. She has also conducted a range of studies which explore the ways that people take and self-manage their prescribed medicines.

Dr. Winnie Sin Wai Pui was born and bred in Macao. She has carried out all sorts of teaching and research works in different institutes in Macao. She obtained both Master and Doctoral degree at the University of Cambridge, specialising in merging education and special education curriculum design, the effect of student’s ability of self-regulation towards studying, and qualitative research on education research methodology. Dr. Pui is an undergraduate supervisor at the University of Cambridge, a visiting professor at the City University of Macau supervising Master degree students, and a visiting professor at the University of Saint Joseph supervising PGDE students. Dr. Pui is also the founder of “Building Joy”, which aims to enhance children’s self-regulation skills, literacy and numeracy learning, and interpersonal skills using LEGO. In recent years, Dr. Pui devoted to research and developing different curriculums, providing guidance to students on their academic path, as well as training professional teachers. Earlier this year, Dr. Pui accepted the invitation to be the Deputy Director of KnewSTEP Education to provide cultural exchange and learning experience to students and teachers in Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area. The recent publication of Dr. Pui included the study published in “Support for Learning”, discussing how to use different curriculum designs to enhance students’ ability of self-regulation, so as to assist teachers to respond to different needs of students while fulfilling lesson goals.

Gillian Smith is a psychology BSc and MSc graduate with a predominant interest in health and well-being issues and she is currently completing a professional doctorate programme in health psychology at Staffordshire University. She has a longstanding history working in public and private sector organisations, predominantly health and social care, including NHS where she has worked in health service improvement, clinical auditing and healthcare management. During this time her roles have included training, supporting a range of healthcare professionals and providing psychological input to clients and their families. She is currently working as an external consultant for a health psychology consultancy. Her services include workshops, training advice and clinical support. Clinical areas of interest: adjustment to illness; life-style choices including weight management & smoking cessation; menopause; anxiety & depression and stress management. Research areas of interest: caregiver burden, dementia, long-term health conditions, menopause and the impact of stress on psychological wellbeing.

Having been an English teacher for 20 years, Will teaches on the Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology course, which is concerned with the role of academic language and formal writing style in academic psychology. Whilst studying for a master's in English Literature, Will crossed over to psychology after using theories from evolutionary psychology to examine American poetry. His psychology master's thesis focused on the phenomenon of imitation and its effect on eliciting trust behaviour. His interests are wide ranging and include ethology, social constructionism, the history of psychology, symbolic interactionism, attachment theory and the ideas of intriguing counter-culture psychoanalysts such as R.D. Laing, Wilhelm Reich and Arthur Janov. Will lives in Norwich where he lectures in psychology and aims to begin a PhD which will investigate how synchronised interactions may promote theory of mind.