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 is currently co-writing and editing a book on educational research methods.

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.


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.

With my background working in both the Private and Public Sectors, now being based in South Wales, I run my own organisation, I feel hugely privileged with the work that I do. Most of my involvement is with organisations and students from all around the world and my role is to work with them, in various guises to do the very best I can to support and guide their learning and development. I am very passionate about what I do and am an advocate of the philosophies of lifelong learning and self-refection. My biggest source of work motivation is to see students become the very best that they can be. I am proud to  have been part of the University of Essex Online team for many years and been involved in several Modules, including C.S.E.1, H.R.M. and I.T.F.; everything tends to work really well because we are all clear about our roles  and how we play our part in placing our students at the heart of everything we do.

Dewi is an experienced business & management lecturer, working on a freelance basis for a number of UK universities & other educational organisations. His areas of specialisation are in the fields of business strategy, operations management, lean manufacturing & project management. He has nearly 25 years industrial experience working in the UK automotive industry & 20 years experience as a lecturer.  His key skills are in classroom lecturing, online lecturing, tutoring, programme design, materials authoring, assessment/examinations, & dissertation supervision. He is experienced in working at various levels, in particular on foundation degrees & on masters programmes.

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).

Gerasimos is the Head of Postgraduate Business and joined the University of Essex Online in 2018. After completing a BA in Sociology at the American College of Greece, he enrolled at the University of Sheffield where he gained an MA in International Relations and a Ph.D. in International Politics. At Sheffield he also completed a Certificate in Research Methods and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. For 9 years he taught International Political Economy and International/Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and the Department of Politics at the University of York. In 2006 he joined the Sheffield International College as Programme Lead for the Business, Law and Social Sciences programmes and became Head of Programmes in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been a Fellow at the Centre of International Public Policy Research, and Research Associate at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. The academic fields he is most interested in are International Political Economy, Globalisation, Global Governance, International Migration and Foreign Policy.

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.

Gary is currently HR Director at Trafford College, near Manchester. Prior to that he was Head of HR & OD for Golden Gates Housing Trust for 12 years, and also has experience of working in Further Education, a call centre, a national charity and an international pharmaceuticals company, and as a secondary school History teacher. Gary has managed and delivered CIPD, ILM and CIH programmes for many years and speaks regularly at conferences and events about leadership and HR matters and also is involved in mentoring aspiring HR professionals.

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.

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.

Manjiri Pujari is a business tutor who has worked in the education and hospitality industry.  She has lived in the UK and worked with brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Expedia and Marriott. She began her professional journey by training as a Chef with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in India. Manjiri is a bubbly and outgoing person who enjoys travelling. Her hobbies include cooking for friends & family, playing badminton and reading.  Her favourite part about working in online education is being able to interact with students across the globe and helping them fulfil their dreams.

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 has undergraduate degrees in economics and financial services and a postgraduate MBA.  He has worked in banking, risk management, technology,  postal/logistics and education sectors.  Mark has a wide experience of working within the online, face to face and distance learning environments, particularly in the areas of business studies, economics, personal finance, quantitative methods and entrepreneurship.  He has also studied for two degrees in a distance learning environment so understands the demands from a student perspective.  He is currently studying towards a PhD in the prediction of small company share price gains.

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.

Sanal Bhaskaran Nair has 24 years’ experience as a Senior Marine and Energy professional with transferable skills accomplished in Engineering Design, Project Management, Reliability Engineering and Renewable energy solutions. He has planned, implemented & led business stratagems to achieve long-term organizational goals by means of focusing on technical & management enlargement strategies. He is a creative team player, excels at building customer relationships & aptitude to form open communication channels. He has executed projects in more than 20 Countries, team building with more than 60 Nationalities. His main focus is projects in Marine, Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy.

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.


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 Carly Speed has extensive experience of teaching in Criminology, across all levels and combined degree programmes.

Dr Speed attained her PhD in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University, researching deaths in custody. Prior to this she was awarded an MRes (Distinction) and a First-Class Honours degree in Criminology.

She has published widely, most notably in an international, peer-reviewed journal (Illness, Crisis and Loss) and has presented at numerous conferences, most notably as an invited keynote speaker at the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Control's annual conference.

Dr Speed's research interests include the police, prisons, deaths in custody, mental health, state power, challenges to the state and state power, challenges of the institution, inequality, crimes of the powerful, historical views of crime and criminology, critical criminology, criminology and psychology, criminology and sociology.

Clare is a face to face and online specialist, having worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and then the University of East London for the past twelve years, and as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University for over a decade. She also works online for the University of Essex, in addition to External Examiner at Portsmouth University. At Essex she wrote and delivers the postgraduate Crime, Causation & Criminological Theory (CCCT) module. In addition to teaching Clare has taken on a range of responsibilities attached to these roles, such as programme leader, curriculum developer, course developer, course updater and module reviewer. She teaches criminology with a specialism in young people, youth crime, subcultures, gangs, class, gender and race. In addition to teaching, Clare has completed a PhD around young women on road in London, and has worked for several years as a Research Fellow on a range of criminological projects. She has a first class ESRC recognised masters in Social Research and is also currently completing a masters in Forensic Psychology.

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 Kathy Hampson completed her PhD in 2012, while working as a case manager for a busy Youth Offending Team (YOT). Her PhD looked at emotional intelligence in recidivist young people who have offended. When relocating to Wales, she worked strategically with the North Wales YOTs on resettlement policy and practice, on a project funded by the Youth Justice Board Cymru/Welsh Government. She now lectures at Aberystwyth University on Criminology and is a distance learning tutor for the University of Birmingham on their Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Masters programme. Her research interests include youth justice, resettlement, desistance, Wales youth justice, and youth custody. She has a growing research profile, centring on youth justice matters.

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.

Dr Nicole Sherretts completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained her MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield. Nicole is a Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Psychology and has experience working with the Criminal Justice System in the US. She is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist and while she primarily conducts research in prisons in Pennsylvania (including those that house death row inmates), she is also an International Advisory Board member for the global None-in- Three Research Centre; an effort dedicated to combating the statistic that 1 in 3 women will face violence (domestic and sexual) in their lifetimes. Nicole’s research interests include: Psychopathy, Criminal Social Identity, Homicidal behaviour, Serial homicide, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Crime analysis, and Investigative analysis.

Dr Rachel Dolan completed her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester and her PhD at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis looked at the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers in prison. She was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and the NHS exploring the mental health of mothers in prison. She has also done research on indeterminate sentences, Offending Behaviour Programmes, and on prison therapeutic communities. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and a Distance Learning Tutor at the University of Liverpool and the University of Roehampton. She is also Winston Churchill Fellow and travelled to Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States to explore alternative approaches to prison for mothers. She has published in peer reviewed journals, produced reports for the Prison Service and NOMS, and presented her work at national and international conferences.

Faheem previously served in the Metropolitan Police Service, gaining an in-depth experience of investigative work and undertaking a wide range of intelligence and operational roles as a Senior Investigating Officer within the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch, the Anti-Corruption Command and the Counter Terrorism Command. On leaving the police service in 2010 he worked as a part-time legal executive for two years before undertaking his current role as an adjudicator with the Financial Ombudsman Service. Faheem has obtained a number of higher educational qualifications through part-time evening study. Before joining University of Essex Online, he was involved in training for over 10 years.

Harry worked for the Ministry of Defence for 25 years, during which time he travelled and taught equality, diversity, leadership, teamwork and more. He then achieved a First Class honours in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Social Work. He is currently a child protection Social Worker in a multi-agency local authority environment, conducting court work and chairing strategy along with child protection meetings. Harry has experience attending Serious Case Reviews and working in a multi-agency environment alongside the police, probation and prison services. Harry’s research interests are broadly related to the training, retention and recruitment of Social Workers in frontline child protection teams. Harry has been working as a Freelance Tutor since June 2013 and is an advocate for open learning and for education to be available to all.

In 1999 Kirstie commenced employment in the prison service and qualified as a Forensic Psychologist in 2003. She provided risk and personality assessments with life sentence prisoners for presentation at parole board hearings; conducted individual interventions with prisoners aimed at reducing their risk of re-offending including violence, sex offending and arson; and delivered Cognitive Behavioural group work programmes to adult and juvenile offenders. Since 2006 she has worked in a secure psychiatric hospital with mentally disordered offenders, and qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2011. Her specialist experience includes the completion of violence risk assessments, including sexual violence; personality assessment and diagnosis, including psychopathy; and cognitive assessments. She has been an honorary lecturer at Bradford University and also on the Leeds Clinical Doctorate Programme since 2009. She currently works for the Langley House Trust - a care home for offenders released from prison or hospital, and for the Offender Personality Disorder Service, as well as working as an expert witness completing assessments of offenders to assist the courts.

Mary worked as a Senior Legal Adviser in a Magistrates’ Court for 20 years and was involved in the training of Legal Advisers for Criminal, Family and Civil Court work, and Magistrates and Social Workers. She has produced comprehensive guidance on the Youth Court, Mental Health, Road Traffic Law, and Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance, Public and Private Family Law Proceedings and many aspects of Criminal Law Proceedings. Mary has worked as a Legal Clerk to Solicitors, gaining experience of the criminal defence perspective by preparing cases for the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, interviewing witnesses, assisting clients in prison, preparing appeals and providing client care.

Nigel studied History and Sociology at the University of Essex where he was bitten by the criminology/sociology of deviance bug under the inspiring tutorship of Stanley Cohen, Ken Plummer and Barbara Hudson, after a spell as secondary school teacher, he obtained an MA at the University of Sheffield and undertook postgraduate research at the London School of Economics. Nigel has lectured in criminology for over thirty years primarily at the Polytechnic of Central London, the University of Leicester, Portsmouth Polytechnic and Southampton Solent University from where he recently retired as Head of Department and joined Essex On-line. Nigel’s funded research and publication interests over the years have been in the fields of criminal victimisation and crime prevention, public order and criminal investigation. Aside from such applied issues, Nigel retains an interest in theoretical criminology, particularly the legacy of New left Realism and Cultural Criminology. Nigel has been very involved in the development of under- and post-graduate courses in criminology by distance learning since the early 1990s and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, the Peoples’ Public Security University in Beijing and Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently researching and writing a book on crime, detectives and the media in the 1940s.

Susy Menis completed a Dottorato in Giurisprudenza (BA Hon) at the University of Bologna, Italy and a Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Surrey, and has completed a PhD at Birkbeck London University, School of Law. Susy has been teaching with Essex University Online since 2009 on the Criminology programme. She has delivered and designed a number of modules. Her teaching includes: Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Psychology, Crime and Society, Justice and Punishment, Criminal Justice System, Custodial Care, Risk Assessment and Management, Legal System, Dealing with Offender Behaviour, and the Criminal Justice Project. Susy has been teaching as an Associated Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer on the QLD LLB and LLM programme for Birkbeck London University, the Open University and St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She also delivers the Certificate in HE in Legal Methods at Birkbeck School of Law. Susy is an external examiner on behalf of Plymouth University for the Criminology and Psychology Foundation degree in South Devon College; she has been a member of the Prison Monitoring Board since 2010. Susy’s research interests are in the area of socio-legal studies, criminal law and criminology.

Tony Murphy is a Staff Tutor in Criminology, and Associate Lecturer at the Open University, and until recently, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. He has also held positions at Birkbeck (University of London); the University of Westminster, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Tony is currently studying for a D.Phil at the University of Oxford, researching penal transportation. He has completed undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at LSE, Oxford, and the Open University. He has had work published across different Social Science disciplines, and most recently, has written an introductory Criminology textbook for SAGE (released in Oct 2019).

After completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology, Yasmin started a PhD in Criminology. Her research looks at the use of Restorative Justice type approaches in educational settings. She is now coming in to the final stages of her PhD. Yasmin has extensive experience taking seminars and lectures for a range of undergraduate modules. She also has experience teaching a range of modules relating to criminology and psychology in her role as a postgraduate tutor.


Dr Maria Tsakiri received her Doctorate in Critical Disability Studies by the University of Stirling, (Scotland).  Her doctoral research was set out to explore the representations of disability in documentary films. She is a qualified inclusive education teacher, a graduate of the Department of Special Education of the University of Thessaly (Greece). She obtained her MA in Education and Human rights with distinction at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She was given an award by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation for this. In 2006 she was a member of the team of the University of Athens which produced digital educational material for students with visual impairments and learning disabilities. Dr Tsakiri is an active member of the Disability Research Edinburgh Network with 15 years of experience in teaching and supporting disabled students and children in primary, further and higher education. Her current research interests lie in critical disability studies, education, cultural representations and film festivals. She recently published the paper: Tsakiri, M. (2018), NoBody’s Perfect: Charm, Willfulness, and Resistance, Review of Disability Studies, 14:2.

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.

Sarah graduated in 1995 with a 2:1 in Modern Languages and then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1996. She has been a teacher and trainer for 22 years, spending 7 years in the secondary sector and 15 at Kaplan Professional working in a variety of positions including programme manager, national quality team and training and development. For the last 6 years, Sarah has been working as one of the Directors of the Kaplan Tutor Academy, being responsible for tutor development within Kaplan. She completed her Masters in Education in 2016, specialising in developing more interactive approaches to teaching, delivery and assessment. She is committed to promoting lifelong learning and wider access to educational opportunitiy.


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. 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.

Helen is a highly experienced public health specialist and commissioner. She obtained her first degree in History from the University of Liverpool and holds an MA in Health and Community Development from De Montfort University and an MSc in Public Health from the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has worked for almost 15 years at a senior level in public health departments at a regional and local level in the National Health Service, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. Currently, Helen is working for a local authority public health department in London Borough, whilst finalising her defined specialist portfolio for submission to the UK Public Health Register. 

Helen is particularly interested in children and young people's health, sexual health and health inequalities. She is committed to supporting the development of public health workforce and is an assessor for the UKPHR Public Health Practitioner Scheme and lectures on masters level programmes both online and face to face in health promotion, health needs assessment and health inequalities. 

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.

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.


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 (

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 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.

Morteza joined the University of Essex Online in September 2018. He has been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and fixed-term teacher on the LLB Programme at the University of Essex, teaching Legal Theory, Public Law and Legal Skills since 2015. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Morteza obtained his LLM (Law, Development and Governance) from the SOAS, University of London in 2012 and successfully defended his PhD (Public Law) at the University of Essex in April 2018, analysing judicial independence in authoritarian settings.

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.

James Bell is a practising solicitor and he predominantly acts on company mergers and acquisitions, contract matters and asset management transactions for large organisations (both private and public). This usually involves buying and selling companies (and assets), managing asset portfolios, acting on large developments, commercial land or property transactions and a whole host of related matters. He also specialises in agreements for one off events such as expos, sporting events and concerts. He has spent a considerable part of the last few years as an in house counsel at an international company. James has been tutoring business and law modules with the University of Essex Online since 2015. He has also developed and refreshed some modules during this time.

Mary worked as a Senior Legal Adviser in a Magistrates’ Court for 20 years and was involved in the training of Legal Advisers for Criminal, Family and Civil Court work, and Magistrates and Social Workers. She has produced comprehensive guidance on the Youth Court, Mental Health, Road Traffic Law, and Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance, Public and Private Family Law Proceedings and many aspects of Criminal Law Proceedings. Mary has worked as a Legal Clerk to Solicitors, gaining experience of the criminal defence perspective by preparing cases for the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, interviewing witnesses, assisting clients in prison, preparing appeals and providing client care.

Meera-Ida Morton is currently employed as a senior lecturer of Property Law. She has 18 years’ experience of teaching law in various universities in the UK. Main areas of law she teaches include, Property Law, Equity and Trust, European Union Law, Family Law and Immigration Law among other modules if needed. She is the Joint General Secretary for the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) which involves promoting legal education in all the Commonwealth countries through organising workshops for teachers and students in curriculum development and critical thinking and street law. She is also involved in co-ordinating CLEA biannual Moot competitions open to all the commonwealth countries and CLEA Essay Competition which is again open to all the law students within the Commonwealth countries. She is on the Editorial Board of Student Law Journal of a Law College in India. She has experience of teaching both home students as well purely international students. Currently she teaches on GDL which has full time and part time modes of study and these students have varied needs and challenges. She likes to ensure that she is adoptive and flexible to delivery of lectures and tutorials to ensure no one is disadvantaged. She has always built great rapport with students and in 2015 she was nominated as one of the best law lecturers of the year by the students. She thrives to ensure students have the best learning experience and reach their potential in their studies.

Melica Martin-Finn holds an LL.B. from the University of Huddersfield and an LL.M from Nottingham Trent University.  She is a Lecturer in Law at De Montfort University. She has led and taught a number of modules, including the English Legal System, Land Law, Medical Law, Business Law, Company Law for Accountants, Contract Law, Introduction to Law and Tort Law. She has a particular interest in Medical Law and Mental Health Law. Melica joins Kaplan as an associate tutor teaching on the Equity & Trust module.

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.

Rafael Savva is a PhD Candidate and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University. Rafael's main research focuses on Corporate Governance and Company Law. His wider research interests include Contract Law, Law of E-Commerce, EU Law, Cybercrime and the Law of White Collar Crime.

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.

Yakesh is currently a Practising Solicitor in Criminal Law, a Professional Ethics Marker for the Bar Standards Board and a Tutor in Criminal Law at Coventry University. He has over 20 years’ experience in the legal field and over 10 years’ experience as a Professional Legal Trainer in Criminal Litigation with Central Law Training. He is also an approved Examiner for the Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) and Cambridge International Examination Boards and a Law Tutor for the Open University. Yakesh is a member of The Law Society, Association of Law Teachers and The British Society of Criminology. He says, “I am extremely passionate about teaching Criminal Law and my aim is to create a supportive learning environment.”


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.

Karisha Kimone George began her tertiary education in Trinidad and Tobago completing her undergraduate in Psychology and Sociology at the University of the West Indies. She then came to the United Kingdom to complete her Masters in Applied Forensic Psychology and PhD in Psychology at the University or York. Her PhD explored the cognitive processes in which students engage when coping with the demands of university life, and how these processes influence their capacity to adjust and flourish while at university. She came to De Montfort after completing her first Post-Doctoral position at Newman University in Birmingham, UK, again exploring the impact of thinking patterns on well-being, but in this case, her thinking patterns of interest were the complexities with which individuals conceptualised God. She has entered DeMontfort as a Lecturer on the B.A. Health Studies and B.Sc. Health and Well-being in Society programmes. Her teaching focuses on Health Psychology and enabling students to understand how psychology gives unique insight into various health-related attitudes, thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Her favourite word is 'predicament', but only when spoken in exactly the same manner as John Travolta in 'Face Off'.

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.

Nicole completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.  Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained a MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield. Nicole is a Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Psychology and has experience working with the Criminal Justice System in the US. She is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist and while she primarily conducts research in prisons in Pennsylvania (including those that house death row inmates), she is also an International Advisory Board member for the global None-in-Three project; an effort dedicated to combating the statistic that 1 in 3 women will face violence (domestic and sexual) in their lifetimes. Nicole’s research interests include: Psychopathy, Criminal Social Identity, Homicidal behaviour, Serial homicide, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Crime analysis, and Investigative analysis.

Dr Rachel Dolan completed her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester and her PhD at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis looked at the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers in prison. She was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and the NHS exploring the mental health of mothers in prison. She has also done research on indeterminate sentences, Offending Behaviour Programmes, and on prison therapeutic communities. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and a Distance Learning Tutor at the University of Liverpool and the University of Roehampton. She is also Winston Churchill Fellow and travelled to Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States to explore alternative approaches to prison for mothers. She has published in peer reviewed journals, produced reports for the Prison Service and NOMS, and presented her work at national and international conferences.

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.