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Senior Academic Team

David Dixon B.Sc (Econ), P.G.C.E, M.A

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.

David Dixon

Liz Kirrane B.Sc, MBA

After graduating in 1986 with a BSc in Management Sciences from Lancaster, Liz worked in a variety of commercial roles including Areas Sales Manager, UK Sales Manager, Purchasing Manager (Europe) and European Business Development Manager, based in France.

She then went on to study for an MBA at Bradford University Management Centre, where she specialised in Strategy and Business Planning, graduating with a distinction in 1995.

Liz then worked for a leading IT consumables distributor before moving into Management Consultancy and finally joined the University of Essex Online in 2009 as Head of Department for Business.

Liz Kirrane

Annabel Schofield BSc. MSc.

Annabel graduated in 2001 with a BSc in Human Geography from Leeds Metropolitan University.

She then went to work in the Criminal Justice System, working with West Yorkshire Probation Service and the local Youth Offending Team, before returning to higher education at Leeds Metropolitan University specialising in online learning.

Annabel joined the University of Essex Online in 2007 as one of the founding members of staff. She completed her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology in 2014 from the University of Portsmouth.

Annabel Schofield

Business

Annabel Schofield, BSc. MSc.

Annabel graduated in 2001 with a BSc in Human Geography from Leeds Metropolitan University.

She then went to work in the Criminal Justice System, working with West Yorkshire Probation Service and the local Youth Offending Team, before returning to higher education at Leeds Metropolitan University specialising in online learning.

Annabel joined the University of Essex Online in 2007 as one of the founding members of staff. She completed her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology in 2014 from the University of Portsmouth.

Annabel Schofield

Clare Walker, BSc (Hons), PGdip, MCIPD

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.

Clare Walker

Chris West BSc, MBCS, CITP, CEng

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.

David Patrick Mankin, PhD. MA(Oxon). MSc. DTM. PGCTL.

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.

Prior to embarking on an academic career he worked in the private sector in a variety of roles (e.g. Finance, Total Quality Management, Distribution, and Human Resources) and before that in several non-teaching roles at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic and Chester College of Higher Education. Since 2009 he 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).

David Mankin

Lisa Clark, MAHRMD, PGCertRT, PGDip HRMD, CertEd, FCIPD, FIfL, FInstLM, MCMI

Lisa possesses over 10 years’ experience from various Senior Management Training and Development roles within the financial and business service industries, including BTplc, Toyota GB and Halifax UK Bank before moving into academia.

Lisa works as a Senior Lecturer specialising within the field of Human Resource Development, in particular, management learning and development, social theory and its influence and effect on learning transfer, social learning and workplace learning. Lisa has a passion for lifelong learning and also works in a consultancy capacity for Newcastle University Business School, University of Derby Online Learning and Chartered European Management Institute based in Prague.

Lisa Clark

Maxine Shaverin MBA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), MCMI

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.

Paul Matthews BA Hons, MA, Dip MRS, FIAM

Paul holds an MA in Marketing, BA Hons in Marketing, Diploma of the Market Research Society, Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Managers and a formal qualification in online tutoring and facilitation. He also holds university teacher status in business and management.

Paul has over 25 years’ commercial experience, ultimately running the marketing operation for a major UK financial services organisation. He currently runs his own marketing consultancy business working with a diverse range of clients.

Paul’s passion is helping students and businesses maximise their potential by understanding their own strengths and weaknesses and helping them to deliver what is expected.

Criminology

Dr Michael Lewis, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Michael completed his PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time he worked as an Associate Lecturer teaching on the undergraduate Psychology programme at the university. He was later employed by the University of Leicester to lecture on their MSc in Forensic Psychology. Michael has also worked in secure psychiatric settings, conducting psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions with offenders with complex forensic backgrounds.

As an active researcher in the discipline of Forensic Psychology, Michael is the lead author on the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA; Lewis, Ireland & Abbott, 2014). He continues to publish papers on clinical psychopathy, specifically investigating implicit processing in offenders with this disorder.

Michael is a reviewer for the Journal of Criminal Psychology, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, and Hogrefe Publishing. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and soon to be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Michael Lewis

Ajoy Gosain BA, MSc.

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.

Ajoy Gosain

Dr Benjamin M Baughman, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.

Dr Benjamin Baughman is a former Sergeant from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) and currently an Instructor with the North Carolina Justice Academy (NCJA) in the United States (US).  Ben develops and delivers a range of classes by drawing on his real-world experience and formal education.

Additionally, he is practiced in the application and instruction in the use of investigative psychology, critical incident response, law enforcement techniques and mathematical modelling. Throughout his fifteen year career in law enforcement he served in the following capacities with the RPD; Patrol Officer, Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and Coordinator, State Certified Instructor, Crime Analyst, Detective and Sergeant.

Currently, Ben is developing the 2017 In-Service mandatory training on improving decision making for all sworn N.C. law enforcement.

Dr Benjamin Baughman

Carol Harris BSc., BA, PgDip

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.

Carol Harris

Faheem Ahmed BA Hons, MSc.

Faheem previously served in the Metropolitan Police Service, gaining an in-depth experience of investigative work and undertaking a wide range of intelligence and operational roles as a Senior Investigating Officer within the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch, the Anti-Corruption Command and the Counter Terrorism Command.

On leaving the police service in 2010 he worked as a part-time legal executive for two years before undertaking his current role as an adjudicator with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Faheem has obtained a number of higher educational qualifications through part-time evening study. Before joining University of Essex Online, he was involved in training for over 10 years.

Faheem Ahmed

Harry Harris BA (Hons), MA.

Harry worked for the Ministry of Defence for 25 years, during which time he travelled and taught equality, diversity, leadership, teamwork and more. He then achieved a First Class honours in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Social Work.

He is currently a child protection Social Worker in a multi-agency local authority environment, conducting court work and chairing strategy along with child protection meetings.

Harry has experience attending Serious Case Reviews and working in a multi-agency environment alongside the police, probation and prison services. Harry’s research interests are broadly related to the training, retention and recruitment of Social Workers in frontline child protection teams.

Harry has been working as a Freelance Tutor since June 2013 and is an advocate for open learning and for education to be available to all.

Harry Harris

Hilary Miller BA Ed (Hons), Ph.D

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.

Hilary Miller

Mary Hill BA (Hons)

Mary worked as a Senior Legal Adviser in a Magistrates’ Court for 20 years and was involved in the training of Legal Advisers for Criminal, Family and Civil Court work, and Magistrates and Social Workers. She has produced comprehensive guidance on the Youth Court, Mental Health, Road Traffic Law, and Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance, Public and Private Family Law Proceedings and many aspects of Criminal Law Proceedings.

Mary has worked as a Legal Clerk to Solicitors, gaining experience of the criminal defence perspective by preparing cases for the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, interviewing witnesses, assisting clients in prison, preparing appeals and providing client care.

Mary Hill

Dr Max Mclean, Ph.D

Max Mclean joined West Yorkshire Police in 1980 and progressed from investigator to Detective Chief Inspector and all the way up to Head of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, a role which demanded his personal oversight of all major investigations conducted by the Force’s Senior Investigating Officers as well as direct line management of the homicide and major enquiry Review Team (‘cold cases’).

Following retirement in October 2010, Max embarked on a full-time PhD postgraduate research degree at the University of Huddersfield, studying decision-making by Coroners in their investigations of unexplained deaths. He graduated in 2015.

Max presently lectures extensively in homicide investigation, ‘cold-case’ investigation techniques, tackling institutional sexual and physical abuse and police interview procedures with both suspects and witnesses. He is the author of numerous crime related articles in both academic journals and national daily publications.

Dr Max Mclean

Susy Menis BA (Hons), MSc.

Susy Menis completed a Dottorato in Giurisprudenza (BA Hon) at the University of Bologna, Italy and a Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Surrey, and has completed a PhD at Birkbeck London University, School of Law. Susy has been teaching with Essex University Online since 2009 on the Criminology programme. She has delivered and designed a number of modules. Her teaching includes: Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Psychology, Crime and Society, Justice and Punishment, Criminal Justice System, Custodial Care, Risk Assessment and Management, Legal System, Dealing with Offender Behaviour, and the Criminal Justice Project.

Susy has been teaching as an Associated Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer on the QLD LLB and LLM programme for Birkbeck London University, the Open University and St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She also delivers the Certificate in HE in Legal Methods at Birkbeck School of Law. Susy is an external examiner on behalf of Plymouth University for the Criminology and Psychology Foundation degree in South Devon College; she has been a member of the Prison Monitoring Board since 2010. Susy’s research interests are in the area of socio-legal studies, criminal law and criminology.

Susy Menis

Yasmin Devi-McGleish, BSc and PhD candidate

After completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology, Yasmin started a PhD in Criminology. Her research looks at the use of Restorative Justice type approaches in educational settings. She is now coming in to the final stages of her PhD.

Yasmin has extensive experience taking seminars and lectures for a range of undergraduate modules. She also has experience teaching a range of modules relating to criminology and psychology in her role as a postgraduate tutor.

Yasmin Devi-McGleish

Health

John Roberts, MSc in Public Health and PhD candidate

John is Head of Health, joining the team in March 2015 to lead the current MSc Infection Control course and develop a new MSc in Public Health programme.

Graduating with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science in 2006, John gained professional experience in public and private healthcare settings before completing an MSc in Public Health in 2012.

He then worked at York Hospital supporting clinical trials in oncology and haematology and with a local Renal Disease support group leading exercise programmes for self-management, before starting a PhD with York St John University on the topic of motivation for exercise-based self-management in patients with Osteoarthritis of the knee.

John Roberts

Emma Richards, MSc, PhD candidate

Emma joined University of Essex Online as a tutor in June 2015 to support Microbiology and Immunology based modules of the MSc Infection Control course. Holding a 1st class degree in Biomedical Science from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Master’s degree in Biochemical Research from Imperial College, London, Emma has developed a wealth of experience and skills in applied microbiology practice and Immunology research.

Emma is also currently pursuing a PhD in bacteriology and Infection at Imperial College, London.

In addition to research and academic experience, Emma has gained tutor experience supporting individuals and groups across a variety of levels and subjects.

Emma Richards

Roberta Borges-Stewart

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.

Roberta Borges-Stewart

Dr Soraya Meah

Dr Meah is an experienced research leader, academic instructor and Public Health leader with significant experience in policy development and partnership building. Originally training as a nurse and then a midwife, Dr Meah has completed a range of postgraduate courses including a Masters degree in Nursing in 1993 and a Doctoral programme with the University of Liverpool in 2002.

Since her Doctoral programme, Dr Meah has published research in peer-reviewed journals frequently and has acted as a research consultant within Public Health services and in a self-employed capacity through the leadership of her own UK based consultancy business.

Dr Soraya Meah

Dr. Tara Tancred

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.

Dr. Tara Tancred

Law

Dr Naila Anwar

Naila is the Head of Law at the University of Essex Online having joined the team in May 2015 to develop and lead the LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes.

She holds a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of Nottingham (NU).

Naila previously worked as a Senior Academic Tutor at Sheffield International College (SIC), a Law Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and a Module Coordinator and Sessional Law Tutor at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). Naila is an enrolled advocate of the Dhaka Bar Association, has also worked as a trainee lawyer for the Human Rights Enforcement Agency, one of the leading NGOs.

Naila Anwar

Amel Ketani

Amel Ketani joined Kaplan in 2016 as a Contract Law Associate Tutor. Amel is a Barrister, a Senior Law Lecturer and a Mediator. She taught at several institutions (public and private) before starting to teach at Kaplan. Amel taught on the LLB, GDL and Diploma Programmes.

She is currently the LLB Deputy Programme Leader at BPP University. She has a particular interest in Mediation. She is currently completing her PhD and has presented and published on the topic of mediation.

Amel Ketani

Christopher Luff

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.

Christopher Luff

Johanna Hoekstra

Johanna worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the LLB Programme at the University of Essex, teaching contract law and  academic, legal  and professional skills. She also worked as an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where she taught on the LLM in international business law. She is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also worked on the Essex Business and Human Rights Project as a researcher.

Johanna has an LLM from the University of Bordeaux and a M.sc from Birkbeck College. Currently she is finishing her PhD at the University of Essex, analysing the legal authority of non-state rules in international commercial contracts.

Johanna Hoekstra

Mantas Kazulis

Mantas holds a LLM (Distinction) and undertook postgraduate research at the School of Law, University of Sheffield where he also taught. Mantas has experience of teaching inquiry-based law modules where significant part of teaching was delivered through a virtual learning environment. Before joining the University of Essex Online, Mantas taught law, political theory and other social science modules at two international colleges.

Alongside his work for the University of Essex Online, Mantas holds a permanent position at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre and is studying for a Diploma in Accounting and Business, partially through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Mantas Kazulis

Mary Hill BA (Hons)

Mary worked as a Senior Legal Adviser in a Magistrates’ Court for 20 years and was involved in the training of Legal Advisers. She has produced comprehensive guidance on the Youth Court, Mental Health, Road Traffic Law, and Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance, Public and Private Family Law Proceedings and many aspects of Criminal Law Proceedings within the Magistrates’ Court.

Mary has worked as a Legal Clerk to Solicitors and gained experience of the criminal defence perspective by preparing cases for the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, interviewing witnesses, assisting clients in prison, preparing appeals and providing client care. She has a broad range of experience in a variety of working environments.

Mary Hill

Pamela Nika

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

Pamela Nika

Tenney Cotton

Tenney was awarded her LLB in 2004 and in 2007 completed an LLM in Criminal Law (receiving a distinction).  She is an experienced Senior Law Lecturer, has a PG Cert HE and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Until recently, Tenney taught at Teesside University on both the LLB and the LLM and was the LLM Programme Leader.  She has led and taught a number of modules, including the English Legal System, Legal Research Methods, Land Law and the Law of Evidence.  She has a particular interest in the Law of Criminal Evidence and Human Rights.  Tenney joins Kaplan as an associate tutor teaching on the Research Methods for Legal Studies module.

Tenney Cotton

Yakesh Tanna

Yakesh is currently a Practising Solicitor in Criminal Law, a Professional Ethics Marker for the Bar Standards Board and a Tutor in Criminal Law at Coventry University. He has over 20 years’ experience in the legal field and over 10 years’ experience as a Professional Legal Trainer in Criminal Litigation with Central Law Training. He is also an approved Examiner for the Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) and Cambridge International Examination Boards and a Law Tutor for the Open University.

Yakesh is a member of The Law Society, Association of Law Teachers and The British Society of Criminology.

He says, “I am extremely passionate about teaching Criminal Law and my aim is to create a supportive learning environment.”

Yakesh Tanna