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.

Andrea is the Head of Health programmes at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in June 2020, and oversees all programmes that are offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She graduated with a PhD in Healthcare Management in 2010. Andrea has continued to work within higher education for the last 12 years holding a number of roles across the UK. She has conducted primary research in a number of areas including patient experience, leadership, service management and health education. Andrea also holds teaching qualifications in HE and e-learning more specifically. She has led on the development and launch of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and overarching quality assurance of these together with student experience of these. She also has experience within the NHS and has held various roles, both managerial and educational.

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.

Lisa works as the Head of Psychology for the Essex Online programmes at KOL. She has worked in academia for a number of years with a variety of teaching and research roles and has a lot of experience in the creation and management of programmes for face-to-face and online learning. Lisa is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and is particularly interested in developmental and health psychology, having recently completed a Professional Doctorate investigating the development of body image in preadolescent children.

Dr Olaniyi has a BEng(Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a PhD in Optoelectronics, both from the University of Leeds.  She joined University of Essex Online in 2019 to head up the new Computing department, having previously worked at Durham University as a Teaching Fellow in Physics.  She has several years of teaching experience in Higher Education which includes curriculum development, as well as face-to-face and online delivery.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT).  She also acts as a journal peer reviewer and her interest lies in programming, software engineering, and pedagogy in STEM.

Rhonda is a qualified Solicitor with over 25 years’ experience teaching law, specialising in corporate subjects e.g. Business, Contract, Employment Law and Company Law. Before joining University of Essex Online, Rhonda worked at Birmingham City University (BCU) as Associate Course Director managing their Legal Practice Course and LLB (Hons) course. At BCU she also led on a partnership with the local CAB organisations. Rhonda also worked as an award leader at Staffordshire University on the Two Year fast track degree, and later on the Apprenticeship Programme. She has also run her own business as a training provider. As a certified PhD supervisor, Rhonda regularly reviews research proposals. Rhonda is also a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE.

Steve joined University of Essex Online as Department Head for Business Programmes in May 2020.  His academic background is wide-ranging, from teaching and managing BSc. degree programmes to the management of disasters, including business continuity and an MSc. course in Environmental Technology.  Additionally, he has experience of creating and managing University Postgraduate programmes in enterprise, entrepreneurship, project management and Foundation Year Engineering.  Until recently, he has been a member of the Foundation Year Network.  His teaching career spans 25 years, teaching in both the UK and abroad and his research interest lies in the Pathologies of Decision Making.


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.

Aleks completed her Masters (MSc) in Tourism Management at Maritime University Gdynia, Poland. She is an Associate Member of CIPD (ACIPD) specialising in the Learning and Development field. She holds Fellowship in HEA (FHEA) as well as completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PGCHEP) at University of Essex. She is currently working towards her PhD in Management Studies at Essex Business School with one aspect of her research relating to equality, diversity, foreigners, feminism, intersectionality, policy and practice. She has experience in teaching, assessing learners, developing modules and curricula in the HE context for the past 6 years. Aleks is working both for the University of Essex Online and BPP University London.

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.

Dewi studied Manufacturing Systems at Warwick University completing both his bachelor's & master's degrees. He subsequently spent 23 years working in the automotive industry, carrying out a number of roles in the areas of operations management, logistics & strategic planning. He has in total 24 years of lecturing experience in a variety of full & part-time roles in a number of colleges & universities. He joined the University of Essex Online in May 2015. His main areas of expertise are strategic management & international business.

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 Guthlac ins a Professor of Economics at several universities in the USA (UOP, ACC, HCC, DeVry University & Keller Graduate Management School). From 2017 he has worked in the UK with KICL, INTO City University of London, and Oncampus Birkbeck University of London. His specialist areas include Economics (Macro & Micro), Econometrics, Accounting, Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing and Financial Markets (Quantitative Finance), Regulatory control and Financial Reporting, and Statistics Research interest area includes; Technology shocks and Aggregate Productivity, Real Business Cycle Model, Banking and Regulatory Control, Academic member of the Editorial and Reviewers Board of the Athens Journal of Business and Economics.

Dr. Imtiaz Khan is a Reader in Data Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK with a mission to increase the veracity and value of big data. Having PhD in Bioinformatics from Cardiff University, UK and postdoctoral fellowship from Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, USA, his research focuses on heterogeneous data integration and interpretation through visualisation.
At present his research interests include: provenance, blockchain, data modelling, data interoperability, interactive data visualisation, virtualisation and machine learning. He leads the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Cardiff Met and also founded the Hub for Distributed Technologies and Future Societies, a multidisciplinary research cluster investigating the impact of distributed technologies like blockchain on future societies. He is also the programme director for BSc Apprenticeship Data Science programme.

Dr Kalsoom Jaffar joined UoEO in 2017 as a Lecturer in Finance. 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.

Salman has extensive teaching in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management with an emphasis on analytics. He also teaches Business Analytics, Business Statistics, and Business Research Methods. He is actively involved in researching focusing on energy policy (electricity and sustainable liquid fuels) and public acceptance. Another area of interest is forestry management as well as health services and system-level modelling. For his research, he uses a multi-criteria approach (AHP, TOPSIS, PROMETHEE, VIKOR) simulations (system dynamics), and cognitive mapping (soft OR method).

Dr. Sherif Salvador is an experienced logistics, and supply chain management practitioner holding both industry and research experience in logistics, operations, and supply chain management; reverse logistics, demand planning, inventory management, transportation, order fulfilment, process development, and qualitative research. Dr. Salvador holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business and Management Studies with specialisation in logistics management; a Masters Degree in International Management specialising in reverse logistics and supply chain Management; a PhD in Management with a doctoral thesis on Pharmaceutical Logistics, Reverse Logistics, and Supply Chain Management.

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.

John has been teaching in a Higher Education Business School environment for many years. Before this, gaining an MA in Management Studies (marketing option) enabling him to start his academic career. He then gained a PhD in Market Orientation and Service Quality. Prior to this, his role working within a London Borough as Deputy Chief officer directly responsible for 400 staff through 9 managers provided him with invaluable experience and insight into effective leadership and management. Teaching and learning for John is a way of life, a passion, a mindset so that in whatever context he found himself in it was important to always ask questions and continually improve. Sometimes these questions we only ask ourselves, to enquire and develop our own understanding.  We are always continually learning, making discoveries, and seeing new perspectives from all our interactions in life. Often these are from some of the most unexpected encounters. John’s teaching opportunities have been extensive, having taught not only in the UK but overseas including Oman, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, India, Pakistan, and many more countries. In his later years of academic practice, this focussed upon programme development and international provision. These activities provided innovative experience and understanding into the effectiveness of a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including face to face, online, and transnational provision.

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 Management and Development including management and leadership; learning and development in organisations; global talent management and cross cultural awareness/differences; international business; organisational behaviour and excellence; business strategy; training, induction, socialisation and e-learning; social and workplace learning; coaching and mentoring and data centre leadership and management. Lisa has a passion for lifelong learning and also works for Newcastle University Business School, University of York and 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.

Paulette began her professional career as a teacher in inner-city Birmingham and progressed to become a headteacher. She went on to become an Assistant Area Manager for a local authority in the West Midlands. Since leaving the local authority, she has developed her own business offering consultancy and professional development services across the UK. Clients have included national and local governments, as well as SME’s. Since 2011, Paulette has been working as an online tutor/ facilitator with a number of universities in the UK and one in the Caribbean. Her specialist subjects are Leadership and Management, Ethical Leadership, International Management, The Global Business Environment, and International Business Strategies. She has also been lucky enough to teach senior adult learners face to face in Southern Africa. Her active research interest is in developing leaders in public service, equity, and social justice and the experiences of the part-time postgraduate learner.

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.

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.


Christina has a First Class degree in Mathematics and an MSc in Applied Statistics. Her subject specialism is in data analytics which she has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has been teaching analytical type modules since starting at Sheffield Hallam University and witnessed how the subject has developed in time with the wider use of technology and the more powerful tools now available for collecting and analysing data of all forms. She has worked closely with the SAS to ensure students have the right competencies to find good employment in the analytical area. She has also worked as a HEA assessor for fellowship awards.

Diego (BSc, MSc, CIMA Cert BA, PhD) is a certified IT Project Management trainer with PMI (the Project Management Institute) and a CIMA Certified Business Accountant. Diego works as a consultant and trainer in the fields of Project Management, Business Information Systems & Governance, IT Strategy and Security. In the past 18 years, Diego also taught, supervised and coached (both online and offline) more than 1000 BSc, MSc and PhD students from around the world.

Doug is a highly experienced HE lecturer and course leader, having created, managed and delivered computer science and security modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK and Worldwide. Most recently he has worked for a number of FTSE 100 consulting and outsourcing companies as an enterprise solution architect, designing and delivering systems for the likes of British Airways, the Olympics and many others. His research interests are in operating systems security and web-scale computing platforms.

Cathryn holds a first class BA(Hons) in Business Studies with Computing, MSc in Telecommunications, and PhD from Ulster University. Alongside her work as an Associate Tutor for Kaplan, Cathryn has been an Associate Lecturer with The Open University since 2016, tutoring a Software Engineering module, supervising final year project students, and supporting second and third year degree apprentice students. Cathryn has been teaching since 2014, and in prior experiences, Cathryn has supported modules on Computer Hardware, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Concurrent Systems, Mobile Devices and Applications, and Data Structures. In terms of research, Cathryn is employed in a part-time capacity at Ulster University to investigate networking aspects associated with the Internet of Things. Her research interests include cloud management, cross-layer protocol optimisation, delay-tolerant networking, smart cities, and green IT; Cathryn has published a number of papers across these fields. Cathryn is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cloud Systems.

Having graduated in Medieval and Modern History from University College London, Len worked in computing almost straight away having acquired a computer during my final year. His experience with word processors and spreadsheets got him increasingly more technical jobs, and decided to make a career out of it. He completed an MSc Conversion Degree in Computer Science in 1991, and having worked in an environment where AI was becoming more important Len returned to college and completed another MSc in Machine Perception and Neurocomputing at Keele University. From there he studied a PhD at Nottingham Trent University in Machine Vision, the scholarship required that he study in Spain as part of an exchange programme, so spent two years at the Polytechnic Universities of Valencia, and Cartagena. Having completed Postdocs at Keele, UMIST and Derby Universities, He became a Lecturer in Computer Science at Staffordshire University. Whilst there he took a PGCE in Professional and Higher Education, and took up the study of law acquiring an LLB, an LLM and a GDL. In 2013 he worked in Abu Dhabi as an education manager for 3 years, and returned to teach in the UK at Hertfordshire University in Cybersecurity. From there he worked as a Professor of Legal Economic Analysis and Data Science at the Hochschule Furtwangen University on an exchange scheme. Len remains a visiting Professor at Furtwangen, as well as a Tutor for Kaplan.

Nawaz Khan is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Middlesex University. He is also a leading practioner in the field of Business Technology development and deployment. He was awarded a Ph.D scholarship in 1999 to pursue his doctoral research and completed his Ph.D in 2004. His Ph.D in computer science research focused on data retrieval based on context based data mapping and heterogenous database integration. Nawaz has led a number of research project related to informatics and played a leading role to promote information literacy and students' engagement through education technology for EU funded initiatives. Nawaz's research works include analytics and information retrieval based on context mapping. He has been involved in big data projects funded by London Borough aiming to assess impact of physical activities, ie. Gamification and Borough Evaluation Projects. He published numerous articles in well reputed journals and conferences related to Machine Learning and Data Analytics. Nawaz attended well-reputed conferences as a speaker and chaired scientific sessions on Bioinformatics, Fuzzy logics and Medical Databases. Nawaz has participated in funded projects and actively engaged in post-graduate research supervisions. He supervised research projects on 'context awareness', 'information seeking behaviour using context awareness' and on 'virtual assistant'. Nawaz also has an MBA and is a Fellow of the BCS, a member of the IEEE and ACM

Dr Sammy Danso joined the University of Essex Online Computing department in 2020. He holds a PhD in Computing from the University of Leeds. He has over 19 years of experience working in various capacities in the areas of computing as an academic in several institutions, which include the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University and London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is also a member of the British Computer Society. His expertise is in applied artificial intelligence & machine learning, software engineering, computational linguistics, and natural language processing. His research focuses on application of artificial intelligence & machine learning to business problems particularly within the biomedical and healthcare domains.

Dr Sarah Mukisa holds a PhD. in Computing and Communications from Lancaster University, UK. Her PhD. in computer engineering focused on investigation of security, data collection and privacy abuse in mobile applications. Sarah’s research works include investigation of privacy and cyber security challenges in current and future mobile applications. She has conducted research in a number of areas and published numerous articles related to privacy and security. Prior to the Doctorate Sarah has undertaken research in Mercedes Benz Research and Development North America at Palo Alto, USA.

Vivian has been a Computing and Informatics tutor at INTO City University of London, tutoring and supervising graduate diploma and foundation students. Modules she supports are Critical Information Systems and Applied Computing for Business. She also supervises students’ dissertations.  Prior to this position, Vivian was a Computing Lecturer at Arden University, London. She supported modules on Information Systems Security, Computers in Society, Core Skills, Skills for Academic Studies, Using Information and Using Numeracy, Data and IT.  Vivian is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

A subject matter expert in Cyber Security and Applied computational Intelligence. Business Partner at IBM. A Fellow of BCS (FBCS) and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufacturing (FRSA). Visiting Scholar and Professor at the department of Computer Science University of Louisville, Kentucky and Chinese Academic of Sciences in Information Security and Applied Computational intelligence. Supervised a number of PhDs in this field and also held senior academic posts at the school of computing and technology, University of Gloucestershire and the University of East London, United Kingdom. Service Provider for British (MOD) Ministry of Defence and associated agencies under the auspices of DESG (Defence Engineering & Science Graduate) Scheme. Also as an external evaluator for BAE British Aerospace Applied Intelligence Systems Unit on Usability Testing on Cyber Systems, the World Bank and United Nations(IFAD). Godfried received his undergraduate , postgraduate. research and executive education at WANG Laboratories, East London Business School, Cornell University and Harvard Business School and Doctoral level Citation at the department of computer science University of Louisville for contributions in information security and applied computational intelligence where he served as visiting Scholar and Professor in 2005. Published over 50 peer reviewed articles and 4 books on Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence. Godfried plays percussion instruments and is a big fun of Jazz music.

Kevin is approaching 20 years as a Lecturer in Computing at the NWRC in Derry. During that time, he has primarily delivered numerous technical training across a wide range of areas including mainframe, client server and test automation. He has also delivered a number of software development and testing modules on various degree programmes. He is extremely knowledgeable in teaching all levels of software development from introductory to advanced concepts. He has worked directly with various training organisations to deliver tailored training programmes for the long-term unemployed. This alongside other initiatives has helped 550+ people into employment primarily within the local IT industry. He is also the creator of the new OCN NI Level 4 Diploma in Software Testing. This encompasses all the key skills required for the modern software tester. A strong emphasis on test automation is included.

Dr Mohammed-Albarra hassan holds a PhD in Computer Sciences from University de Lorraine, France in 2016. He Worked as an Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences, University of Gezira, Sudan. He holds several years of teaching experience in Higher Education including curriculum development and Internationalisation Management, as well as face-to-face and online learning. His research interests include Operational Research, Combinatorial Optimization, Parallel machines scheduling, Transportation Systems, Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence and Data Science. He has also published numerous articles and papers in various high-ranked journals. He is also acting as Journal peer reviewer and he is a member of IEEE since 2016 and a member of Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).

Ali is a multidisciplinary business analyst with specific interests in education management and health care. His PhD in Control Engineering for University of Sheffield triggered an academic career in university and corporate education (physical and virtual) with various universities e.g. Sheffield, Heriot-Watt, Berkeley, Santa Clara and others in the UK, India and UAE. He has an established R&D track record in developing artificial intelligence and robotics applications. His experiences with management span consulting practice and business development with tech startups in health, lifestyle management and education. Ali contributed to community services particularly within the IEEE and with organisations looking after underserved communities. He is capable of both independent and collaborative work in multicultural environments, with leadership, analytical skills and excellent oral and written communications.


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.

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.

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.

Dr Heather Norris interests are interdisciplinary, spanning psychology, criminology, and educational research. Her present research focuses on well-being and conflict resolution practices. Heather obtained her PhD from Aberystwyth University Law and Criminology Department. Sh also hods an MA Criminology; BA Psychology and Religion; Postgraduate Certificate in Education & Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

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.

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.

Prior to joining University of Essex, Faheem served in the Metropolitan Police Service where he gained an in-depth experience of investigative work, having undertaken a wide range of intelligence and operational roles as a Senior Investigating Officer within the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch, the Anti-Corruption Command, the Counter Terrorism Command, and the Crime Academy. He has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice sector, having worked as a part-time legal executive, as well as undertaking senior roles with HM Revenue and Customs and the Home Office. He is a fully qualified trainer, management conflict mediator, health and safety representative, member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a volunteer with an educational charity. Faheem has obtained several higher education qualifications through distance learning and part-time evening study whilst working full-time, including a Post-16 Certificate in Education, a Diploma in English Law, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Leadership and Management), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Educational Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Gender, Culture, Politics. As such, he is totally understanding of the difficulty it is for some students to find the time while holding down a job or having to look after a family.

Karly has an MSc in Forensic Toxicology; she is an active researcher in the field of gang violence and has been teaching criminology, law and forensic science for 4 years at higher education institutions. Karly’s experience comes from 8 years of work in the criminal justice system as a Forensic Toxicologist and Expert Witness. Karly is also a Youth Justice Panel Member and has worked with offenders in the community and as an appropriate adult. She is also a subject specialist and standards verifier for Pearson Qualifications and a member of the British Society of Criminology.

Dr Rachel Dolan completed her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester and completed 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 at HMP Grendon. 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 traveled to Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States to explore alternative approaches to prison for mothers. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented her work at national and international conferences.


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.  

Andrew has a wide range of lecturing experience in Health Economics, Econometrics, Public Health and has been elected as a Member of the Faculty of Public Health, having served on the Board. He has worked as a Director of Public Health in Hull and Waltham Forest during a career that has included been involved in a wide range of public health responsibilities. His research interests include Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Social Capital, Return on Investment of Public Health programs.

Dr John McKeown has 7 years’ experience creating educational software, and 11 years’ experience teaching for universities. He worked for an eLearning Authoring software company as Trainer for clients, mostly F.E. Lecturers. John then worked at Leicester University for 6 years as a developer for the GeographyCAL consortium of universities and colleges, turning lecturers' concepts, data, and images into activities and mini-simulations. He was an Associate Lecturer for the Open University for three online courses. John worked at Gloucestershire University as the Module Leader of four online modules, making content, designing assessments, and teaching. He also worked for an environmental education charity as webmaster and online database developer, and then as IT support for Exeter Biosciences at Cornwall campus. John's hobbies are walking, data visualisation, R (for statistics), and game design. He has an MA (Sussex) in History, an M.Sc. (UWE Bristol) in Manufacturing Information Systems with a thesis on using pictures in education, and a PhD (Liverpool) on Literary Reception. John has a PGCE (Wales, ages 11-18), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Kieran is a Ph.D./D.Phil. level researcher with four degree-level qualifications, all of which are related to the political, sociological, philosophical, and communications research fields. He possesses notable academic, marketing, and business skills, which in the main, were obtained during his time working in the Public, Third, and Private sectors. On a practical level, such experience has allowed him to engage with many individuals, with a range of ages, and social backgrounds, to advance their longer-term professional and academic interests. He has also undertaken essential short-term tasks such as writing press releases, minutes for meetings, and corporate policy documents.

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.

Halina has been teaching in further and higher education for twenty years. Her career began when teaching English as a foreign language to adult learners. Following that, she became a Senior Lecturer in higher education. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students across a broad range of courses. She has also tough and run several important teaching and learning projects with a focus on curriculum development, assessment and feedback. Halina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a BA (Hons) in English and French, a Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a Masters by Research, she is also currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Education. Her masters research focused on how international students experience the UK higher education system and the cultural differences that impact upon their learning. Her doctoral thesis analyses higher education policy with a focus on teaching quality.

Ivan has worked in education for twenty years as a teacher and during that time, moving into teacher training and education consultancy. Most recently he was involved in a German -Saudi educational programme to help establish a teacher training college to Bologna standards in the Middle East. This was later accredited by the EU. His contribution to this project led to nominations for international awards in educational practice, Use of ICT and e-learning over a three year period.

Janet has been working in education for over 30 years having taught in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, mostly in England but also in Hong Kong and Vietnam. She holds a PGCE and is currently completing her PhD researching the achievement gap for BAME students in higher education in the UK.

An industry professional for 20 years, managing teams and developing business accounts for a variety of high profile companies. Over the past decade, a personal focus has developed regarding HE teaching. This has incorporated Programme Leadership and Senior Lecturer posts. Current qualifications include a level 6 specialism degree achieved at the Manchester Metropolitan University, a level 6 PGCHE achieved with Huddersfield University, and a Masters level 7 degree in Business Futures achieved with Nottingham Trent University. Her research interests lie in Artificial Intelligence and the impact this will have on employability, education and shaping our futures. Previous research undertaken focused on how to encourage business and millennial's to consume more sustainably using social-media as a platform to market incentives to implement this approach to consumerism.

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.

Pooja Sharma has over 22 years' experience working in the early year's and education sector, She has held a unique range of posts. She has managed pre-school settings, worked as a primary school teacher, with The Care Inspectorate, as a volunteer teacher in rural districts of India alongside owning her own nursery. In 2015 she was appointed an Early Years Subject Specialist with Pearson, which called upon rigorous checking during the assessment process of qualifications at different further education institutions. This also led to her working as an educational consultant. Pooja has an established background in Early Years and Education and has been teaching Higher Education within the field of Education for the past 8 years, prior to which she taught in further education. During her time spent in further education she was course leader for the Level 3 Early Years qualification alongside training Teaching Assistant’s. More recently in 2010 her focus shifted to Higher Education, her current work entails teaching in Teacher Education, Early Years and Education teams on a range of courses Level 4-7. She has a BA in Childhood Studies, Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Primary), Postgraduate Diploma in Advance Professional Studies and MA Education (Distinction).

Ross is a passionate educator with a special interest in learning technology and tutor training. He has acted as an Advanced Practitioner training and mentoring lecturers and teaching staff for 8 years, specialising in technology and teaching techniques such as classroom management and online assessment. He is an experienced science lecturer and HE programme leader. Ros has worked in education, both FE and HE for over 14 years. During that time, he has written several programmes and modules, acted as an external examiner and Head of Department for a multisite department. 12 years of teaching and management in Higher Education at Brighton University. 20 years of vocational experience. ILT Champion. External Examiner for Greenwich University. Green Gown Award Finalist 2019. Lover of the great outdoors.

Rowena’s first degree was in Economics, however her Masters and most of her professional life has been focused on education. For the past 3 years she has run her own education consultancy working on development projects and writing educational resources and materials. She has 15 years’ experience within the Further Education sector teaching Business, Accounts and IT from entry level to A level; and for 10 years she taught PGCE and Masters programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University, including Leadership and Management modules. She gained her PGCE as a part-time student whilst teaching full-time. She then moved across to work in teacher training and completed her Masters in the same way. So she is no stranger to the tensions between working a day job and making time for higher level study!

Roy is a lecturer who specialises in Initial Teacher Education (Lifelong Learning) most recently working at Leeds Beckett University, the University of Huddersfield and ScarboroughTEC. Previously he was Head of Division for Education, Training and Learning Development at York College. Before moving into teacher education, he enjoyed 2 decades as a teacher of A level Geography and Geology and as an Outdoor Education tutor and coach. His first degree was in Earth Sciences (Oxford Brookes) and he went on to complete a Science PGCE (11-18) at Keele University. In 2006 he gained an MA in Geography in Education (UCL Institute of Education), with a specific focus on the development of teaching spaces. He is currently researching for a Doctorate in Education exploring the development and use of digital technology by trainee Further Education teachers. He holds a specific interest in technology enhanced learning and in the modelling of behaviour by teachers and teacher educators.

Tony Cegielka develops projects in Higher Education around issues including widening participation, promoting inclusive curricula, collaborative programmes with partners in low- and middle-income countries and supporting early-career researchers. He studied an undergraduate degree in physics which, combined with a PGCE in Science Education, enabled him to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at secondary, FE and HE. Tony went on to study a Masters degree and Professional Diploma which lead him to develop an interest in the internationalisation of the curriculum and the management of HE programmes for international students. He has since gone on to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Victoria Inyang-Talbot holds an MSc in Education Management and Leadership, an MA in Comparative Literature, a BA Hons in English, and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS), specialising in initial teacher education and English and literary studies in post-compulsory education. Victoria is also a fellow of the Society for Education (SET) and will be embarking on her Ph.D. studies in Education studies in January 2021, focusing on teacher identity and development. Victoria has over 18 years of teaching experience, including working on several overseas education projects including with the British Council and the Iraqi government. Victoria's teaching and tutoring are focused on ensuring student success through constructive coaching and feedback and some of her techniques involve creating opportunities for her students to explore themselves as individuals to understand their roles in the learning process. A keen hiker and a published poet, Victoria's current research interests are in the use of poetic methods to facilitate student-teacher and teacher self-authenticity and constructive resistance through reflective practice. She is also interested in teacher observation reforms and how observation systems could be designed to support self-development.

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a B.A. (Hons.) in philosophy, Wendy worked in community outreach for two years, mainly supporting adults back into education. Her passion for widening participation in further and higher education led her to take a PGCE in further education. She taught in FE for over 25 years, where her main subject areas were English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), literacy and embedding English and Maths across the FE spectrum of courses. In addition, she taught linguistics, philosophy and GCSE English to students on adult access programmes. After working in further education for 8 years, she returned to Manchester to take an M. Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, which allowed her explore many aspects of English language teaching, including language policies, the teaching and learning of grammar and English for specific purposes. For over 20 years, she has been involved with teacher education with her main responsibility being to train teachers of English and other subjects to work in the Post-Secondary Education and Training (PSET) sector. Apart for delivering specialist input in English language pedagogy, Wendy enjoys leading modules on theories that underpin teaching and learning. In addition, she has taught philosophy of education to undergraduate Education Studies students and has supervised research for B.Ed. and M.Ed. dissertations. Wendy’s first academic love has always been philosophy, particularly epistemology and political philosophy. She enjoyed completing an M. A. (Econ.) in Political Theory, again at Manchester, where her key interests were cosmopolitan theories of justice, identity and diversity, ethics in foreign policy and human rights. In 2015, Wendy was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


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.  

Blessing Ivie Esekie had her undergraduate programs in Nursing and Midwifery between 1999 and 2007 and proceeded to volunteer under a UN agency for refugees to Liberia between 2000 and 2004 managing a local community clinic as a maternal and child health supervisor alongside the Physician assistant in the community under the Montserrado county Health Team (MCHT). She furthered with a distance learning degree in Sociology and Anthropology and pursued an MSc Social works while working full time in a maternity setting managing and tracking HIV/AIDS prevention programs including PMTCT within antenatal and delivery units of the hospital between 2010 -2014, at which time she also did a few months freelance tutoring of undergraduate community health nurses in a state nursing training institution in Benue state Nigeria, managing the theory of midwifery, labour and delivery pathway and invigilating ward practice. She got a specialist’s diploma in HIV/AIDS innovative care training in Galilee Institute of management in Israel 2013. She also worked freelance with Non-Governmental organisations in Nigeria supporting and taking leads on programs for Adolescents and Young person’s Health Promotion and Intervention programs. She came into the UK and completed a master’s in Public Health from university of Leeds in 2015, also completed a diploma in Project management from the Galilee Institute of management in Israel 2015 and also obtained a certificate in International Health Consultancy from University of Liverpool in 2017. Presently she works part-time as consultant/Researcher with Vortex Global consultancy Ltd following a three-year career break.

Dr Brian Kavanagh gained his Bachelor and Master's degrees in sociology from the National University of Ireland before moving to the UK where he taught in various universities throughout London and the Southeast of England. Spurred by his intense interest in the field of health, Brian won a studentship to carry out his PhD at the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the Open University. His primary focus was on the evolving HIV risk understandings and evaluations in the post-AIDS society and the consequences for sexual health promotion. After successfully completing his PhD, Brian moved to Greece to help with the refugee crisis in the country. For two years, Brian taught and mentored refugees before returning to the UK in September 2019. He is now teaching Public Health at the University of Essex Online.

MSc Public Health and Health Promotion. BSc Hons Midwifery Practise, Dip He Adult Nursing. Caroline has experience in tutoring students studying Public Health. She is experienced in working within Epidemiology and Clinical trial Research studies in Africa. She also has experience in managing a Local Authority and Community Health Public Health intervention. Caroline's interests are in health inequalities particularly for mothers and babies and early childhood development health promotion interventions.

Carolyn has worked as a Biomedical Scientist for over twenty years having started her career at St Thomas' Hospital in London. This was followed by a return to full-time study, graduating from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Microbiology before taking up Research Officer posts in both food microbiology and animal disease research. Carolyn returned to working in the NHS in 1998 and continues to work in a clinical diagnostic laboratory as a Biomedical Scientist and Training Officer.
Carolyn has also completed a BA in humanities and MSc in Science from the Open University and an MSc in Biomedical Science which was also studied on-line. She is a strong advocate of opening up educational opportunities through the provision of education on virtual learning platforms, further developing skills that will support life-long learning.

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.

Daniel is a dual registered nurse, clinical educator and freelance trainer. He started his career in general and mental health settings in the NHS. However, due to his interest in better understanding how health systems work, he went back into education to complete a degree in Health Service Management and a masters Public Health. He briefly worked in a public health analyst role in the private sector and was part of a global team collecting data to better understand the spread of the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009. He has since been working as clinical educator on various disease and therapy management programs within the pharmaceutical sector. Daniels has experience in mentoring, training and coaching healthcare professionals on new therapies, and facilitating the adoption of a systems approach to care delivery as a means to improving care outcomes.

Dr Allan Hildon has a professional background in health care and higher education in Australia and the United Kingdom. Allan is a qualified nurse who holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex. Allan lives with his civil partner in the County of Suffolk in the UK.

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.

Damien completed his BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class) and PhD at the University of Bristol, and MPH Public Health (Distinction) at the University of Manchester. He has held teaching and research posts at a number of higher education institutions, and has undertaken applied research in industry. Damien is am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He was awarded the Elizabeth Russell Prize by the Faculty of Public Health in 2011.

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.

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.

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 currently runs a YouTube channel (Dr Ken Yan Wong) where he provides tips and advice to Masters and PhD students and International students studying in the UK higher education, based on his personal experiences

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 Nathan Rugg is a qualified General Practitioner (GP) working in the UK. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from The University of Sheffield in 2016. During his time at University, he also completed a Biomedical Research Science Degree BMedSci with first class honors in 2015. The focus of the research was the analyse the success of the 'Act Fast' public health campaign launched in the United Kingdom to try and encourage the public to seek help quicker if they suspect they are suffering from a stroke. Currently, Dr Rugg spends the majority of his time working in General Practice with a special interest in public health, as well as, undertaking teaching for the University of Essex Online.

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.

Dr Orode U.V. Aniejurengho is a UK-based research scientist who joined the Health Department in Jan 2018. She received her PhD in Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science from the University of Brighton, UK. Currently, her research interests include peptide synthesis in drug discovery, development of automated drug discovery workflows and interventions to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance. Dr Orode has over 5 years of experience in microbiology and peptide synthesis research and has completed post-doctoral training in Tissue Click Ltd and the University of Oxford. She is currently Senior Scientist at a drug discovery biotech. Dr Orode leads both ‘Me You and The Superbugs’ and Soapbox Science Lagos public engagement programs in Nigeria which aim to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance in Nigeria and bring science to the public respectively.

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 Dare is a Public Health specialist with interest in Maternal and Child Health, Education, Social Determinants of health, and International Health. Dr Dare holds PhD and MPH degrees from the University of Glasgow, UK and BSc (Nursing) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Before joining University of Essex Online, Dr Dare has worked in the World Health Organization, University of Strathclyde and University of Glasgow.

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.

Windi is a medical doctor and has practised medicine for more than a decade in East and Southern Africa. He is not only experienced in clinical medicine but also managing public health programmes especially HIV control programmes. He holds a MSc Public Health – Health Promotion degree from Leeds Beckett University and he is currently finishing his PhD which examines the contribution of food environment to obesity in England at Leeds Beckett University. He is passionate about human geography and the use of geospatial technologies like Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) to study public health issues like obesity etc. Alongside doing research, he is the Data Project Analyst for MoreLife (UK) - a company delivering lifestyle behavioural interventions across England. His main interest is to enable the new generation of Public Health scholars to achieve the best in their areas of study and become leaders in their field.

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.

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 Head of Trace Policy in NHS test and Trace, working on the reponse to COVID-19. Prior to this she was a Health and Wellbeing Programme manager in Public Health England, leading on a public health approach to serious violence and substance misuse. She has worked in public health since 2008, and during that time has also led work on physical activity; healthy weight; healthy places, tobacco 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.

Judith holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London (UCL). She has extensive experience in the field of pharmacology, oncology and public health. She has previously worked as a characterisation scientist within the pharmaceutical industry. Alongside her work as a medical writer, she have a strong interest in education, particularly in the areas of nutrition, epidemiology and rare diseases.

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.

Judi is a registered Adult nurse with experience working across primary, secondary and tertiary care. She has a BSc (hons) in community health from Manchester Metropolitan University which allowed her to work as a district nurse. She then completed an MSc in Clinical Nursing from Liverpool University, followed by an MSc in professional practice from Salford University. Judi worked in advanced practice roles in an acute hospital environment and took on a professional lead role which led her into undertaking an MSc in Health care Leadership with the NHS leadership Academy and the University of Birmingham. She subsequently became the clinical lead for a hospice. She currently works in clinical practice within a community urgent care service as a Consultant Practitioner and also contracted by NMC as an independent panel member on fitness to practice committee. She has a passion for supporting and developing nurses and nursing practice in order to drive care for patients. Being a tutor at university of Essex enables her to support learners to improve and develop

Dr Adams has been employed in higher education since 2002 where she has primarily been involved with the development and delivery of public health, health care leadership, and practice education-focused postgraduate provision. She began her career as a General Nurse, later moving into the field of midwifery. She went on to qualify as a Health Visitor and Practice Teacher working in positions across West Yorkshire and SSAFA in Germany. Dr Adams was awarded Fellowship status by the Institute of Health Visiting in 2015 and the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2013. Dr Adams doctoral studies focused on how efficiency-driven health care systems impact professional identity and teaching and learning roles. The title of her study was 'A Juggling Act: A socio-material analysis of the role and identity of practice teachers in the UK NHS'.

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.

Dr Mamodesan T. Okumagba completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from University of Benin, an MSc in Dental Public Health from the University College London, a Master of Business Administration from Delta State University, a Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Central Nicaragua, through Texila American University Distance and Blended Learning Programmes. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health; he is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and the Association for Medical Education in Europe. His long term research interests involve the development of innovative platforms and vehicles for health promotion and disease reduction in society. Other related interests include dental public health, primary health care, machine learning and medical education. He is the coordinator of the Applied Health and Innovation Research Group (AHIRG).

Patric first graduated with a degree in philosophy and politics. After gaining this he qualified as firstly a General nurse (RGN) and then went on to become a registered children nurse. His speciality was working with children with cancer. Amongst other places, he worked at Bristol Children's Hospital, Manchester Children's Hospital and Christies Hospital. He then undertook his Masters Degree in education and started work as a Lecturer. Whilst in this role he published a number of research and other papers, several book chapters and co-authored "nursing children and young people made incredibly easy." Patric was an associate editor for Journal of Child Health Care, and on the Editorial Board of Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice.  More recently he has been working as a researcher for a charity that supports the families of children with Cancer.

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.

Sharon is an accomplished, experienced and self-motivated health professional with extensive knowledge and experience. Her main focus involves supporting NHS Commissioners to manage Continuing HealthCare, Personal Health Budgets, procurement, retrospective reviews, commissioning principles, contracting, quality improvements, safeguarding, policy development, appeals and complaints. Sharon was Head of Continuing Healthcare for multiple counties and Clinical Manager for a large multi located team. She provides consultancy services for clinical utilisation review (CUR). This includes; Audit, training, staff and senior leadership engagement, planning, implementing and managing change and transformation and also advising on embedding CUR as 'business as usual' to achieve high impact benefits which includes Delays to Discharge and patient flow processes. Sharon has been an Associate Lecturer in academic modules; Student nurse teaching programme (Open University)   • Tutor to Pre-Registration nursing students and also as an Examination and assessing Board member-: Providing correspondence tuition, assessing students' work according to given marking schemes, and giving feedback to students to help them in their learning. Providing academic support through face-to-face, telephone and electronic teaching methods. Monitoring the progress of students.  

Susan is a Registered Mental Nurse with a background in a range of NHS mental health settings including working with Older Personas then moving onto working within Acute Adult, Liaison, Crisis services. Following this Susan went on to work in Primary Care Mental Health where she developed her knowledge and experience around working with people with depression and anxiety and gaining BSc Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. With a passion for developing nursing education and working with our future nurses Susan embarked on her career as an Academic and has worked in Nurse Education for over 12 years as a Senior Lecturer and Course leader for a pre-registration nursing course along with other mental health courses, whilst maintaining a focus on clinical practice. Susan has a strong interest and passion for rebuilding communities and supporting people with anxiety and depression through social prescribing as well as psychological, alternative, and complementary therapies.

Tahania holds a Masters of Public Health and Epidemiology from Imperial College, London. Her speciality is epidemiology and medical statistics. She worked as a Medical Statistician in Queen Mary University London and NHS previously. She worked as a lead statistician on large scale observational studies, cohort studies and clinical trials at the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit and Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Research unit at QMUL. She also taught Statistics module on "Clinical Research Methods Course" held at Barts Health and postgraduate modules at QMUL. She has authored many publications in leading journals in the field of public health and epidemiology. In 2017, she completed a postgraduate diploma on Advanced Statistical Methods on Epidemiology at LSHTM. She joined University of Essex Online in December 2019.

Tanya is a public health specialist and social scientist with over twenty years of experience strengthening public systems to deliver equitable, services for all, particularly women and children in Timor-Leste, Brazil, Australia and the UK. She has worked for the National Health Service of UK, Western Australian Health Service, the United States Development Agency, (USAID), The World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), University Research Cooperation (URC) and civil society organisations in a range of roles from programme management, research, project design, training and advocacy, evaluation, donor liaison, sector coordination and business development, with a focus on reproductive health rights, human rights, ethics, gender equality and marginalized populations such as those living with HIV and disability. Tanya possesses strong research and analytical skills, and is passionate about using evidence to inform policy, health programming, project design and evaluation and have maintained a strong commitment to research and learning.

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.

Tina has worked for the NHS for the past 32 years in various guises. She became a Registered General Nurse in 1988, gained her Specialist Community Practitioner (Public Health) in 1990 and then spent 13 years working in Primary Care Nursing. Tina progressed to a management position in 2002 and gained an MBA in 2007. Since then she has held various healthcare management positions in both Commissioning and Provider organisations, most recently supporting the NHS Transformation agenda. she graduated from the Nye Bevan Executive Leadership Programme in Jan 2020.

Zeruiah completed her diploma in nursing and midwifery in 1993, and then post-graduation studies in Anesthesia in 1995. She worked as a registered nurse for several years in multiple specialties in three continents that include Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Recently. Zeruiah joined NHS trust as clinical informatics after completing my Bachelors and then Masters in nursing informatics from American Sentinel University. She loves the idea of improving health care by using technology effectively. She plans to continue her studies to doctorate level and looking forward to enrolling in January 2020. She has vast clinical experience and also traditional classroom teaching experience. After completing her MSN online, Zeruiah is very passionate to provide maximum support to people who want to fulfill their dreams through online studies, as she feels that this could help many students to achieve their goal through online learning experience and advance knowledge. Zeruiah is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing and her goal is to contribute positively to improving health care by utilising her skills and advanced knowledge.


Anna read for an LLB degree in Law with Accounting & Finance at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with Starred First Class Honours. She then completed the LLM at Harvard Law School and the BCL (with Distinction) at Balliol College, Oxford. She also holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Anna is a Director of Studies and Special Supervisor in Law at Newnham College, Cambridge and a PhD Candidate in Law at Trinity College, Cambridge. She researches in the fields of corporate governance, comparative company law, labour law, law and economics, law and technology and takeover regulation. Her doctoral research focuses on the study of shareholder activism, with a particular emphasis on activist board representation. Anna has taught postgraduates on the Corporate Governance LLM course at the University of Cambridge and teaches undergraduates on the Labour Law and Company Law courses at the University of Cambridge. She also works as a Teaching Fellow at University College London, teaching the LLM Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions module. Anna is qualified as an Attorney in New York, as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and a Solicitor and Notary Public in Scotland. Prior to returning to academia, she worked for a number of years as a corporate lawyer in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and in-house in senior management and senior legal roles at a global FTSE 100 company. She also served as a Director and Secretary of the Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom.

Carrie is an experienced teacher, who teaches a number of modules at UoE Online. She enjoys working with the diverse student body and does her best to help everyone feel comfortable with the online environment, as well as getting them excited about law. She has been known to make even Land Law interesting.

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.

Dr Morteza Shirzad is an Associate Tutor at the University of Essex Online contributing to the delivery of the modules Legal Research Methods and Skills and Public Law. He also acts as a Dissertation Supervisor here. Before this, Morteza worked at the University of Essex as a Teacher/ Lecturer contributing to the LLB and Pathways Programmes from 2015 to June 2020. Here, he taught, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Legal Theory, Public Law, Legal Skills as well as The English Legal System and Research Methods in Law. Morteza is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Morteza obtained his LLM (Law, Development and Governance) from the SOAS, the University of London in 2012, and successfully defended his Ph.D. (Public Law) at the University of Essex in April 2018, analysing judicial independence in authoritarian settings. Morteza is keen to supervise Dissertations and Final Year Research Projects in the areas of Human Rights and Public Law.

Pamela was awarded her LLB in 2010 from University of Athens and in 2011 comp her LLM at London City University. She holds a PHD which she studied for Law at the 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 8 years. She has previously worked full time for Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland. She now teaches for the University of Essex Online and is a marker for BPP. She specialises in contract, tort and wills & probate. Fiona qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and is still in practice specialising in contractual matters and the legal framework surrounding access to NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding. She is also a will writer for a successful Estate Planning company. 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.

Helen has over 14 years’ experience teaching, training and coaching UK and international lawyers. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999, as a law graduate of the University of Sheffield and having studied the LPC at the College of Law in London. She completed her training contract at Charles Russell, London, where, on qualification, she specialised in private client work. In 2006 she moved into the world of professional training, working for BPP for over 10 years. At BPP she was Head of the Law Professional Development programme and developed and led the QLTT/S conversion programmes for international lawyers. She also taught on the undergraduate LLB degree, GDL, LPC and PSC courses. Following a successful decade at BPP, Helen was offered a position at Birmingham City University, where she worked for 3 years and was an Associate Professor and the SQE lead academic, also leading the PGDL and the Professional Law LLM programmes. Helen now runs her own training consultancy, Munro Training, and is a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University and an Associate Tutor at Leeds Beckett University.

James read International Relations at the University of St Andrews followed by Law at the University of Leeds. He was Called to the Bar of England and Wales as a double scholar (Hardwicke and Lord Denning) of Lincoln’s Inn during the Michaelmas Term of 2006. James has over 10 years experience of teaching law both in the United Kingdom and overseas. His academic appointments have included Aston University, the University of Birmingham, the University of London and King’s College London. Over the last 10 years, James has taught a number of core modules including English Legal System, Criminal Law, Law of Contract and Public Law.

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.

Rhonda is a qualified Solicitor with over 25 years’ experience teaching law, specialising in corporate subjects e.g. Business, Contract, Employment Law and Company Law. Before joining University of Essex Online, Rhonda worked at Birmingham City University (BCU) as Associate Course Director managing their Legal Practice Course and LLB (Hons) course. At BCU she also led on a partnership with the local CAB organisations. Rhonda also worked as an award leader at Staffordshire University on the Two Year fast track degree, and later on the Apprenticeship Programme. She has also run her own business as a training provider. As a certified PhD supervisor, Rhonda regularly reviews research proposals. Rhonda is also a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE.

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.

Sarah studied history at Newcastle University and graduated in 2010. She went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York, achieving a distinction in 2012. After training with a firm in Newcastle upon Tyne, she qualifed in May 2015 and began working with a firm in York specialising in clinical negligence and product liability. She now works for a firm in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Sarah lives in York with her husband and daughter. She enjoys singing in York Musical Society and is a trustee for a charity, Home-Start York.

Dr. Shavana Haythornthwaite is a Consultant for the United Nations and a Visiting Professor at the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science. Shavana is also a TTLF Fellow at Stanford Law School working on issues relating to law and technology. Shavana holds a Ph.D. in international law and practices in areas such as international dispute resolution, as well as business and human rights.

Simon Payne is Emeritus Professor of Property & Environmental Law at the University of Plymouth. After a period in practice as a solicitor undertaking property and commercial litigation in the UK and Asia, he became an academic lawyer well known for his research and publications on environmental law. In particular, he published extensively on the impact of environmental law on legal practice and property and commercial transactions. He has undertaken research projects funded by the European Union and United Nations Environment Programme. Simon was Head of the Law School at the University of Plymouth 2004-2012 and was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Planning) at the University from 2015-2020.

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.


Alan is a New Zealander who spent 18 years in Europe teaching English, History, and Psychology before returning to New Zealand and taking on primary caregiving responsibilities for his two small children. As well as teaching online, he has recently started studying and working towards registration as a Counselling Psychologist at Auckland University of Technology. He has a BA and PGDSci in Psychology from the University of Auckland and an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London. He completed a Ph.D. in 2018 in a core Lifespan Psychology topic: personality development towards later life wisdom and previous research interests included business ethics training and mental health stigma reduction. He has written book chapters on wisdom, sports psychology, research methodology, abnormal psychology, and human relationships. He also has a language teaching qualification and has completed certification to administer psychological tests for occupational purposes, with a particular focus on personality tests.

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.

Ezinwanne has a PhD in Counselling Psychology, an M.Ed in Counselling Education Psychology, B.Ed and a National Certificate in Education (N.C.E). Her PhD research focus was on Psycho-Social Factors that Influence Sexual Abuse of Adolescent Girls and their Use of Counselling/Health Services. She received research grants from: African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in partnership with International Development and Research Centre Canada (IDRCC); Institute Français de Recherche en Afrique du Nigéria (IFRA), and a policy communication fellowship from Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is also an alumna of Brown University Advanced Research Institute(BIARI). EzInwanne has presented research papers in International Conferences and contributes to the field of Psychology by participating in pre-publication peer review and publishing research articles in scientific journals.

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 Gillian Smith is a Chartered Psychologist, she also holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, and is registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Gillian has a nursing background and has longstanding work experience in public and private health care settings in administrative and management roles. In addition to providing freelance tutoring for University of Essex Online, Gillian works independently as a consultant, providing teaching, training, behavioural interventions, service evaluations and collaborating on academic research proposals.

She is also an Associate of ‘Healthy You’, a health psychology business in Huddersfield and has experience in clinical work using predominantly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Research areas of interest include positive ageing, dementia, caregiver burden, women’s health and stress management.

Gillian is passionate about positive ageing and compassionate caring and has recently collaborated with Age UK Wakefield to develop a training programme for health care workers in residential and domiciliary care settings. The training became an online resource in 2019.

Dr Hannah Robertson-Cowley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She gained her BSc (Hons) in Social Psychology from Loughborough University in 2008, and her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2013. Since then, alongside her clinical practice, she has been a guest lecturer to both Doctoral Clinical Psychology training, and a Post-doctoral Psychiatry programme. She has spent the majority of her career working as an applied psychologist in forensic settings, addiction services, and child services. Her research interests have included therapist use of discourse during therapy sessions, and evaluating the acceptability of social constructionist methods in forensic services. She has a preference for the use of social constructionist and critical approaches in her clinical practice, and is passionate about there being a foundation of these concepts explored in mainstream psychology education.

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 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. Petra Marcotti obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. Her Ph.D. research examined the role of visual perspective during the retrieval of memory for events created in the laboratory. She is particularly interested in the use of naturalistic paradigms to study memory in controlled settings. For her research, she in fact developed a novel paradigm using virtual reality and immersive 360-degree videos to study how retrieving past personal events from different visual perspective can later modify/alter the subjective qualities and the accuracy of these memories.
She is originally Italian; Brighton, where she currently lives, and the University of Sussex have been her 'home' since she moved to the UK. She in fact has a BA in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the same university. She worked as an associate tutor for the Psychology Department at Sussex teaching Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, and Social Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys cooking as well as spending time with her two cats.

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.

Fran is a business psychologist with 8 years' experience of working in both consultancy and academia. Specialising in assessment for selection and development, she has worked with universities tutoring undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of psychology sub-disciplines throughout her entire career. She has published widely in the field of assessment for selection, mostly notably in the medical profession. In her consultancy work, Fran spends most of her time designing and delivering bespoke assessment solutions across a wide range of public, private and third sector clients including many well-known household names. Fran holds a first class BSc in Psychology from the University of Leicester and an MSc in Occupational Psychology with distinction from the University of Nottingham. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and an accredited Occupational Test User trainer.

Dr Rachel Dolan completed her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester and completed 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 at HMP Grendon. 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 traveled to Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States to explore alternative approaches to prison for mothers. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented her work at national and international conferences.