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Senior Academic Team

David Dixon BSc (Econ) MA PGCE

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

Dr Desma Brown

Dr Desma Brown is Head of Education at the University of Essex Online.

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

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

Dr Gerasimos Konidaris

Gerasimos is the Head of Postgraduate Business and joined the University of Essex Online in 2018.

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

Dr James Ricci

James has joined the academic team as the Acting Head of Undergraduate Business programmes.

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

Katy Bailey

Katy has been the Head of Undergraduate Business since April 2016 and is responsible for leading and managing the various awards in Business and Management and Business and Marketing at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

Graduating from the University of Leeds in 2007 and working for Leeds Metropolitan (now Leeds Beckett) in the interim period, Katy joined the University of Essex Online in 2009, gaining experience in the areas of student support and study skills before joining the Business Department as the Deputy Head of Business in 2014. Katy took on the full responsibility for Undergraduate Business programmes following further growth in student numbers and her academic achievements.

Having successfully achieved a distinction for her PG Cert in Education from Edge Hill University in September 2014, Katy moved on to study the University of Essex MBA in September 2015 and is on track to achieve a distinction, subject to her dissertation outcome. Both of these courses have been studied by distance and online learning, so Katy has extensive experience in this area from the academic, course management and student perspectives and is passionate about widening participation and lifelong learning.

Meigan Oxley MPH FRSPH

Meigan is the Head of Health programmes at University of Essex Online having joined the team in June 2017 to lead on the Masters of Infection Control and the Masters of Public Health.

Graduating with a BSc Hons in Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2014, Meigan continued to complete a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sheffield in 2015. During this time she also conducted primary research for her dissertation on the sexual health and associated needs of men who have sex with men in North Lincolnshire, on behalf of the Council.

Meigan previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust as a Health Promotion Specialist, leading on the local development of outreach services with hard to reach populations. During this time she focused on the development of sexual health promotion service and sexual health testing with particular focus on commercial sex workers, young people and vulnerable adults. She also has experience within the Charity and Public Sector, including experience working with the Data Services for Commissioners Team at  NHS England.

Meigan Oxley

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

Dr Sarah Thurgood CPsychol MAR

Dr Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme.

She is a Chartered Psychologist and she holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.

Sarah Thurgood


Aileen Edgar

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.

Alan Kay

Over a 20 year career, Alan has built up a wealth of experience in the advertising, marketing and research industries working for a number of advertising agencies in both media planning/buying and account management. Alan has advertised and marketed many well-known and household brands including Green Isle Foods, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Zurich Insurance, Aer Lingus, Specsavers and Land Rover. He has also worked for the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ and the independent station, TV3 in research and analytical roles.

Alan graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a MSc. Hons degree in Marketing to add to a number of marketing qualifications. He is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has lectured at Masters Level with the National College of Ireland. With the University of Essex Online, Alan tutors a number of marketing modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level including Fundamentals of Marketing, International Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Consumer Behaviour and Services Marketing.

Alan has also worked on the design and development of modules along with mentoring new tutors and thoroughly enjoys his interaction with students as they progress through their studies.

Asif Kalam

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 West

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 Walker

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

David Robert James

With my background working in both the Private and Public Sectors, now being based in South Wales, I run my own organisation, I feel hugely privileged with the work that I do.

Most of my involvement is with organisations and students from all around the world and my role is to work with them, in various guises to do the very best I can to support and guide their learning and development. I am very passionate about what I do and am an advocate of the philosophies of lifelong learning and self-refection. My biggest source of work motivation is to see students become the very best that they can be.

I am proud to  have been part of the University of Essex Online team for many years and been involved in several Modules, including C.S.E.1, H.R.M. and I.T.F.; everything tends to work really well because we are all clear about our roles  and how we play our part in placing our students at the heart of everything we do.

Dr David Patrick Mankin

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).

David Mankin

Dewi Lloyd

Dewi is an experienced business & management lecturer, working on a freelance basis for a number of UK universities & other educational organisations.  His areas of specialisation are in the fields of business strategy, operations management, lean manufacturing & project management.

He has nearly 25 years industrial experience working in the UK automotive industry & 20 years experience as a lecturer.  His key skills are in classroom lecturing, online lecturing, tutoring, programme design, materials authoring, assessment/examinations, & dissertation supervision.

He is experienced in working at various levels, in particular on foundation degrees & on masters programmes. 

Dewi Lloyd

Gary Cookson

Gary is a HR, OD and L&D Director doing a mix of self-employed, associate and freelance work. He is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching, a Personal Trainer accredited by the REP, a teacher, a qualified workplace mediator, a qualified H&S professional, a distance learning tutor, and more besides.

Before launching EPIC, he was Associate HR Director at the DBS, and HR Director at Trafford College. Prior to that he was doing HR/OD integration work at a new housing group, and before that he was Head of HR & OD at Golden Gates Housing Trust for 11 years and also has experience of working in a call centre, a national charity and an international pharmaceuticals company. Prior to working in HR he qualified as a secondary school teacher, teaching history. He has also managed and delivered CIPD programmes for many years and have delivered face to face and distance learning qualifications for a range of providers and awarding bodies.

Gary Cookson

Gill Scrimgeour

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.

Jean Lafferty

Jean holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Administration with Modern Languages from Queen’s University Belfast and an MSc in International Tourism Management from Strathclyde University. Her early career was spent as an Undergraduate/Postgraduate Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire and University of Ulster during which time she gained a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. From there, Jean spent approx 15 years working at a senior level in various global market research agencies with responsibility for many blue-chip clients across a wide range of sectors including leisure, finance, fmcg and telecoms. She has written many published Mintel market intelligence reports and spoken at various international conferences. Jean now works as a freelance consultant and lecturer and runs her own online retail business. She is especially keen to help students understand the practical application of their theoretical studies with a specific interest in online start-up businesses. 

Josephine Adekola

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.

Dr Kalsoom Jaffar

Dr Kalsoom Jaffar has been a tutor on the Introduction to Finance and Financial Decision Making module with the University of Essex Online since 2017. She is also an experienced tutor on Investment Management, Financial Management, Finance Theory and Fixed Income securities at HE Institution.

Kalsoom graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland with a PhD in Banking and Finance. She also has MSc in Banking, Finance and Risk Management and an MBA in Banking and Finance. Kalsoom’s research interests relate particularly to risk management in financial services, bank performance, and financial regulation and compliance.

Kirsty Cousins

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. 

Kirsty Cousins

Lerisa Roberts

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 Clark

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

Lisa works as a Senior Lecturer specialising within the field of Human Resource Development in particular leadership, management learning and development, data centre leadership, social theory and its influence and effect on learning transfer, social learning and workplace learning.  Lisa has a passion for lifelong learning and works for Newcastle University Business School and remotely for the Lord Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University.

Lisa Clark

Manjiri Pujari

Manjiri Pujari is a business tutor who has worked in the education and hospitality industry.  She has lived in the UK and worked with brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Expedia and Marriott. She began her professional journey by training as a Chef with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in India.

Manjiri is a bubbly and outgoing person who enjoys travelling. Her hobbies include cooking for friends & family, playing badminton and reading.  Her favourite part about working in online education is being able to interact with students across the globe and helping them fulfil their dreams.

Marilyn May

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.

Marilyn May

Mark Connelly

Mark has undergraduate degrees in economics and financial services and a postgraduate MBA.  He has worked in banking, risk management, technology,  postal/logistics and education sectors.  Mark has a wide experience of working within the online, face to face and distance learning environments, particularly in the areas of business studies, economics, personal finance, quantitative methods and entrepreneurship.

He has also studied for two degrees in a distance learning environment so understands the demands from a student perspective.  He is currently studying towards a PhD in the prediction of small company share price gains.

Mark Flagg

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.

Matt Jones

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.

Matt Jones

Maxine Shaverin

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.

Nick Hall

Tutoring online on business studies degree courses since 2008 (Marketing and Sales orientated modules for University of Essex Online) is just one of the services I have been providing as an education consultant for some 10 years. I have also fulfilled contracts as a Curriculum Content Developer, English for Academic Purposes Tutor, Lecturer in Marketing and Learning Support Manager for a variety of Higher Education establishments in the UK and abroad, over this period.

Prior experience was gained in a twenty-year business career encompassing marketing and sales roles primarily in the IT industry, culminating in senior management positions and on to running my own marketing consultancy for a period.

Paul Matthews

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.

Paul Ridoutt

For several years Paul has been lecturing in universities in the UK and overseas in Business Strategy, Tourism, Aviation, Marketing and Project Management.  Prior to that Paul spent 20 years as an International Management Consultant and Project Manager working on major business development projects in over 30 countries around the world, this included programme planning and delivery, hands on management of economic reform programmes in developing countries, many funded by the EU, UK government and major international / regional development banks including CDB, ADB, plus a wider multi sector consultancy experience in finance, agriculture, transport, public sector and higher education.

Paul is a graduate in Management Studies has a Masters in International Tourism: Development Policies and Planning, a Doctorate in implementing IT into Developing Countries and has a wide experience as a CEO and senior executive in business.

Phil Johnson

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 recognize 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 Anwar

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.

Dr Richard Andrews

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.

Rob Smith

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 Bullock

Sarah possesses over 20 years of experience from various Senior Management HRM roles across a range of sectors and organisations, including British Airways, Home Group PLC, Gateshead College, Northumbria University & NCG

Sarah has worked across several HR disciplines including Learning and Development, Organisational Development, Talent Management and Generalist HR, managing teams and supporting organisations at a strategic level.

Sarah gained her teaching qualification in 2012 and has supported learners via traditional class room methods and on-line, specialising in Leadership and Management development, Coaching, Organisational Development & Training and HRM.

Sarah is passionate about lifelong learning and works currently within the FE/HE sector.


Ajoy Gosain

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

Annabel Schofield

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

Basia Spalek

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

Dr Benjamin M Baughman

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

After completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Politics in the 1990’s, Carol spent some years travelling and lived in Europe in a number of countries. Upon returning to England, she undertook a research role and then started employment with the Probation Service in 2002.  In 2004 she trained to be a Probation Officer in 2004, undertaking a further degree in Community Justice and this remains a career that continues for her now. She has continued to enjoy this role and has completed specialist training working in risk assessment with offenders who commit sexual offences, domestic abuse and in particular, a specialism working with women offenders. She has worked in accredited programmes, various courts, prison establishments and has completed many parole and pre-sentence reports to offer specialist advice with regards to the risk management and risk assessment of offenders.

Recently in her career she has been working in a specialist role with female offenders, which led her to undertaking research on women offenders within the criminal justice system. Her career is now a combination of completing parole and pre-sentence reports alongside her tutoring role with the University of Essex Online, which commenced in January 2011. She enjoys the complementary nature of these two roles, allowing her to continue on both an academic and criminal justice practitioner path. She is also in the process of writing a novel which has been a longstanding personal ambition.

Carol Harris

Clare Choak

Clare is a face to face and online specialist, having worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich for the past twelve years and as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University for over a decade.  She works online for the University of Essex and Arden University, in addition to External Examiner at Portsmouth University. At Essex she wrote and now delivers the postgraduate Crime, Causation & Criminological Theory (CCCT) module.

In addition to teaching Clare has taken on a range of responsibilities attached to these roles, such as curriculum developer, course developer, course updater and module reviewer. She teaches sociology and criminological with a specialism in young people, youth crime, subcultures, gangs, class, gender and race.

In addition to teaching Clare is in the final stages of her PhD around young women and gangs in London and has worked for several years as a Research Fellow on a range of criminological projects. She has a first class ESRC recognised masters in Social Research and is also currently completing a masters in Forensic Psychology.

David Marshall

David 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 Galimi

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.

Faheem Ahmed

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 since worked as a part-time legal executive, as adjudicator and an executive adviser at the Financial Ombudsman Service, as a policy adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and currently as a senior officer with HM Revenue and Customs. He is also a school governor, a volunteer with an educational charity, which equips under-privileged youngsters with the requisite knowledge, skills and attributes to enhance their employability, and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

He has obtained several higher education qualifications through distance learning and part-time evening study, 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 can totally understand how difficult it is for some students to find the time while holding down a job or having to look after a family.

Faheem Ahmed

Dr Faiza Qureshi-Grew

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 Guy Woolnough

After a career in secondary education, Guy completed his doctorate at Keele University. In 2014, Guy joined the criminology department at Keele as a Teaching Fellow. At Keele, Guy has taught the full range of undergraduate criminology modules, has led several modules and has been fully engaged in administration and personal tutoring.

Much of Guy’s research has focussed on police work, exploring the role of the ordinary police officer and the mundane work of policing. The nineteenth century has been important in this work, analysing the Victorian origins of police cultures and practices. There is a strong cultural interest in Guy’s work. He has published on the Victorian Fair, cock-fighting, prize-fighting, local newspapers and Victorian Cumbria and the white-collar crime.

Guy is currently actively researching the Victorian penal system, looking in particular at convicts serving life sentences. This is a qualitative study analysing how they petitioned for early release and the criteria which influenced the decisions of the Home Office. It offers an insight into the genealogy of our current penal and parole systems.

Harry Harris

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.

Harry is current a Family Court Officer working in the Family Court.  Harry currently writes both private and public law reports, works with advocates, children and families, the judiciary and the courts.  Harry has to methodically case manage to deliver efficient, evidence based court reports in a timely manner.

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

Dr Heather Norris

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.

Dr Hilary Miller

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

Dr Kathy Hampson

Dr Kathy Hampson completed her PhD in 2012, while working as a case manager for a busy Youth Offending Team (YOT). Her PhD looked at emotional intelligence in recidivist young people who have offended. When relocating to Wales, she worked strategically with the North Wales YOTs on resettlement policy and practice, on a project funded by the Youth Justice Board Cymru/Welsh Government.

She now lectures at Aberystwyth University on Criminology and is a distance learning tutor for the University of Birmingham on their Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Masters programme. Her research interests include youth justice, resettlement, desistance, Wales youth justice, and youth custody. She has a growing research profile, centring on youth justice matters.

Kirstie Thompson

In 1999 Kirstie commenced employment in the prison service and qualified as a Forensic Psychologist in 2003. She provided risk and personality assessments with life sentence prisoners for presentation at parole board hearings; conducted individual interventions with prisoners aimed at reducing their risk of re-offending including violence, sex offending and arson; and delivered Cognitive Behavioural group work programmes to adult and juvenile offenders.

Since 2006 she has worked in a secure psychiatric hospital with mentally disordered offenders, and qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2011. Her specialist experience includes the completion of violence risk assessments, including sexual violence; personality assessment and diagnosis, including psychopathy; and cognitive assessments. She has been an honorary lecturer at Bradford University and also on the Leeds Clinical Doctorate Programme since 2009. She currently works for the Langley House Trust – a care home for offenders released from prison or hospital, and for the Offender Personality Disorder Service, as well as working as an expert witness completing assessments of offenders to assist the courts.

Dr Maria Alvanou

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 she is a member of the scientific committee of its online journal Sicurezza, Terrorismo e Societa.

Currently she is researching women’s radicalization to 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.

Mary Hill

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

Maureen Taylor

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

Dr Max Mclean

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

Dr Neil Sykes

Dr Neil Sykes completed his MSc and PhD at the University of Surrey. His qualitative doctoral research examined the familial consequences for those evicted from social housing because of the Anti-social behaviour (ASB) of other members of the family. His research interests include, the ‘Troubled’ Families Programme, Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA), Community Safety and ASB initiatives, and the legal doctrine of Joint Enterprise in relation to gangs.

Nicole Sherretts

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

Nicole Sherretts

Nigel Brearley

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

Susy Menis

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

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


Dr Maria Tsakiri

Dr Maria Tsakiri received her Doctorate in Critical Disability Studies by the University of Stirling, (Scotland).  Her doctoral research was set out to explore the representations of disability in documentary films. She is a qualified inclusive education teacher, a graduate of the Department of Special Education of the University of Thessaly (Greece). She obtained her MA in Education and Human rights with distinction at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She was given an award by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation for this.

In 2006 she was a member of the team of the University of Athens which produced digital educational material for students with visual impairments and learning disabilities. Dr Tsakiri is an active member of the Disability Research Edinburgh Network with 15 years of experience in teaching and supporting disabled students and children in primary, further and higher education. Her current research interests lie in critical disability studies, education, cultural representations and film festivals. She recently published the paper: Tsakiri, M. (2018), NoBody’s Perfect: Charm, Willfulness, and Resistance, Review of Disability Studies, 14:2.

Sarah Powell

Sarah graduated in 1995 with a 2:1 in Modern Languages and then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1996. She has been a teacher and trainer for 22 years, spending 7 years in the secondary sector and 15 at Kaplan Professional working in a variety of positions including programme manager, national quality team and training and development.

For the last 6 years, Sarah has been working as one of the Directors of the Kaplan Tutor Academy, being responsible for tutor development within Kaplan. She completed her Masters in Education in 2016, specialising in developing more interactive approaches to teaching, delivery and assessment. She is committed to promoting lifelong learning and wider access to educational opportunitiy.

Pepa Grundy

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.


Meigan Oxley

Meigan is the Head of Health programmes at University of Essex Online having joined the team in June 2017 to lead on the Masters of Infection Control and the Masters of Public Health.

Graduating with a BSc Hons in Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2014, Meigan continued to complete a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sheffield in 2015. During this time she also conducted primary research for her dissertation on the sexual health and associated needs of men who have sex with men in North Lincolnshire, on behalf of the Council.

Meigan previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust as a Health Promotion Specialist, leading on the local development of outreach services with hard to reach populations. During this time she focused on the development of sexual health promotion service and sexual health testing with particular focus on commercial sex workers, young people and vulnerable adults. She also has experience within the Charity and Public Sector, including experience working with the Data Services for Commissioners Team at  NHS England.

Meigan Oxley

Che Katz

Che Katz has worked as a strategic manager in both direct and non-direct healthcare settings for over 30 years with extensive experience in: strategic planning, change management, organisational development, talent management, resource mobilisation and business development. Most recently she worked as Country Director of an innovative mobile phone (mhealth) program in Timor Leste linking health providers with pregnant women. Prior to that she held various leadership roles with Marie Stopes International supporting comprehensive reproductive health services which included: social marketing, product development, quality of care, clinical innovation, clinical training, and outreach services.

Her technical focus has been on behaviour change communication and health promotion which has given her the opportunity to work on a spectrum of health issues such as: HIV/AIDS, 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. Her long-term country work experience has taken her to: China, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Lao, and Australia; with short-term consultancies in Myanmar, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Mexico.

Her research interests lie at the juncture of: reproductive health, digital health, eLearning, social determinants of health, and culture in the context of lower and middle-income countries. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of History and Philosophy of Science and an Undergraduate degree focussed on Anthropology and Political Science. She is near to completion of a Master of Educational Technology.

Dr Emma Richards

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 3.5 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.

Emma Richards

Helen Castledine

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 Jobarteh

Jane is a health and wellbeing programme manager in Public Health England, leading on tobacco, drugs and alcohol in the East Midlands. She has worked in public health for 10 years, and during that time has also led work on physical activity; healthy weight; healthy places and sustainability.

In 2015 Jane was given an award to recognise her contribution to public health and wellbeing by Jane Ellison MP, the then Minister for Public Health, for her work with the Rebalancing the Outer Estates charity where she worked closely with the local MP to deliver public health projects in Nottingham North.

Jane has a Masters degree in public health from Nottingham University; and is an assessor for the UKPHR Public Health Practitioner scheme.

Her interests are the impact of place on health; the wider determinants of health and health inequalities. Before joining the department of Health in 2008 Jane worked in various Whitehall departments and has experience of policy development at a national level, as well as having worked closely with politicians in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. She has also spent several years living and working in West Africa.

Dr Jawal Said

Dr Jawal Said obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutics at Univeristy College London in 2014. Prior to that he studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSC Medical Microbiology) and King’s College London (BSc Pharmacology). He is the founder of early stage R&D company Cernotas and his interests include infection control, disinfection and antimicrobial efficacy and stewardship.

Jawal previously worked as a KTP Associate at GAMA Healthcare, in partnership with Cardiff University where he was involved in the development of laboratory models of clinical biofilms for use in product efficacy testing and formulation development. Jawal’s current work is focused on the development of biosensors for use in rapid microbiology. He is also a microbiology consultant with a leading probiotics manufacturer and works closely with colleagues at Oxford University Hospitals and UCL on a study exploring the efficacy of ‘anti-biofilm’ strategies for intravascular catheters.

Dr Julia Morgan

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

Dr Kinga Lowrie

Dr Kinga Lowrie is currently Research Associate at the University of Sheffield. She is a health services researcher with an interest in mixed, qualitative and quantitative methods.

Kinga’s research experience includes public health projects and economic evaluations. She assisted in an international study on fertility with the researchers from Yale University, the diabetes project in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and the project on mainstreaming assisted living technologies in the University of Sheffield. Her PhD investigated methods to enhance the usefulness of decision models to improve the uptake of telehealth. Her research interests include behavioural operation research and the use of technology in healthcare.

Dr Navami Leena

Dr. Navami Leena joined University of Essex Online in 2017 as an Associate tutor in Public Health. She works as a module lead for International leadership module at Coventry University catering to the MBA and MSc Healthcare Management routes, where she was also delivering few modules within bachelor’s Public Health and Community studies. Navami also work as a lecturer at University of Bedfordshire for Health and Social Care. She is also a visiting lecturer at University of Wales Trinity David for Health Modules. Currently she is undertaking the West Midlands Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy UK and The Royal Society of Public Health. She has also completed a PG Cert in Higher Education Academic Practise. Her research interest lies within public health and healthcare leadership after completing her Master’s in healthcare management.

Navami was working as the resident medical officer and as a consultant dentist in a Multi-Speciality Hospital in India and have volunteered for more than 200 medical camps, she has also acted on various occasions as a public health campaign co-ordinator for different NGOs. She is one among the Directors of a Dental Clinic and a Food Manufacturing Firm.

Dr Orode Aniejurengho

Orode is a UK-based post-doctoral research scientist who joined the team in Jan 2018 as a freelance tutor. She received her PhD from the University of Brighton in July 2016, where she focused on the development of novel antimicrobial strategies for the treatment of urinary tract infections. She has over 5 years experience in research, with expertise in microbiology and synthetic chemistry.She received her Masters in Bioscience in 2012 with a distinction, and graduated with a First class in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with multiple awards. Currently, her research focuses on the commercially viable biomimetic nanomaterials for applications in drug discovery, so as to obtain more clinically reflective cell-culture models.

She enjoys communicating science to the public, is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology and a STEM ambassador who enjoys motivating students to be active participators in their learning. Her overall research aim is to conduct research that will provide practical solutions for societal benefit.

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. 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


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

Aimee Asante

Dr. Aimée Asante holds an LL.B. and a Ph.D in Law from The University of Strathclyde. She is an early career researcher, with a passion for teaching, and finding new ways to apply existing laws, in order to enhance access to justice, and substantive and procedural justice for the legally marginalised. She is keen to be involved in law teaching innovation developments and frequently explore ways to keep subjects alive for students, in order to ensure that their understanding and passion grow, rather than the converse.

Carrie Fox

Carrie Fox is a postgraduate researcher in International Law at Aberystwyth University. She is an experienced tutor, teaching through both the medium of English and the medium of Welsh. She holds degrees in both Law and in Welsh, as well as an LLM in Legal Research. She completed her undergraduate Law degree part-time as a mature student, so is very familiar with the challenges facing students who also work and have busy outside lives.

Christina McCarthy

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.

Christopher Luff

Chris was awarded his LLB in 2010 as a mature student, having previously been a civil servant. He went on to complete a Masters degree in UK Human Rights and Public Law, receiving a distinction. Alongside his LLM studies, Chris worked as a researcher on a Nuffield Foundation funded project on the impact of judicial review, which was conducted by the University of Essex and the Public Law Project.

Chris is an experienced tutor on the LLB programme. He teaches Public/Constitutional Law and has taught Land Law and Introduction to Property Law. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Christopher Luff

Claire Bradley

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 Bielicki

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 (

Dr Elina Konstantinidou

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.

Emily Allen

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

Fiona Cartwright has been teaching in higher education for 6 years and works on a part time basis with the University of Essex Online and the University of Sunderland. She specializes in contract, business law and law and the elderly client and has designed teaching materials and assessments for these modules.

Fiona is also a qualified solicitor of 5 years and is still in practice advising on general civil litigation matters. She obtained her undergraduate and masters in law from Northumbria University in 2012 and also has a PG Cert teaching and learning in HE qualification.

Hammeed Al Ameen

Hammeed was awarded his PhD in competition law at Swansea University in 2013. He completed his LLM at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and his LLB (Hons) at Lagos State University, Nigeria. He also holds advanced diplomas in Intellectual property law and International trade law.
Hammeed is a lecturer at Cardiff University where he teaches a range of commercial modules including competition law. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also conducts research in competition law and has published a book titled Antitrust: The Person-centred Approach and has also published a number of articles in the field.
He is also a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with experience in international commercial practice.

James Bell

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

James has been tutoring business and law modules with the University of Essex Online since 2015. He has also developed and refreshed some modules during this time.

Dr 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 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

Mary Hill

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

Meera-Ida Morton

Meera-Ida Morton is currently employed as a senior lecturer of Property Law. She has 18 years’ experience of teaching law in various universities in the UK. Main areas of law she teaches include, Property Law, Equity and Trust, European Union Law, Family Law and Immigration Law among other modules if needed. She is the Joint General Secretary for the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) which involves promoting legal education in all the Commonwealth countries through organising workshops for teachers and students in curriculum development and critical thinking and street law. She is also involved in co-ordinating CLEA biannual Moot competitions open to all the commonwealth countries and CLEA Essay Competition which is again open to all the law students within the Commonwealth countries. She is on the Editorial Board of Student Law Journal of a Law College in India.

She has experience of teaching both home students as well purely international students. Currently she teaches on GDL which has full time and part time modes of study and these students have varied needs and challenges. She likes to ensure that she is adoptive and flexible to delivery of lectures and tutorials to ensure no one is disadvantaged. She has always built great rapport with students and in 2015 she was nominated as one of the best law lecturers of the year by the students. She thrives to ensure students have the best learning experience and reach their potential in their studies.

Melica Martin-Finn

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

Dr Mischa Allen

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

Morteza joined the University of Essex Online in September 2018. He has been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and fixed-term teacher on the LLB Programme at the University of Essex, teaching Legal Theory, Public Law and Legal Skills since 2015. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Morteza obtained his LLM (Law, Development and Governance) from the SOAS, University of London in 2012 and successfully defended his PhD (Public Law) at the University of Essex in April 2018, analysing judicial independence in authoritarian settings.

Nina Mitreska

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.

Dr Pamela Nika

Dr Pamela Nika has recently completed her PhD studies at the University of Reading, where she also acts as a Lecturer and Module Convenor for two LLM Modules. Pamela also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from City University London, and an undergraduate Law degree from National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is also a qualified lawyer at Athens Bar Association and has worked in the private sector in Athens, Greece, gaining practical exposure to areas of financial regulation, capital markets and international financial transactions.

Pamela’s research interests are in the areas of financial law and regulation, central banking, international banking, international monetary law, law and economics, commercial law, international economic law and the Law of WTO.

Pamela Nika

Dr Peter Mazzacano

Peter J. Mazzacano, BA (Toronto), MLA (Harvard), MBA (Phoenix), LLM (Osgoode), PhD (Osgoode), is the Founder and Editor of CISG Canada, which is dedicated to Canadian jurisprudence on the UN International Sale of Goods Convention (CISG).  He has taught numerous law courses at various universities and colleges over the years.  These include Legal Aspects of International Business at Ryerson University, and Canadian Business Law at York University, in Toronto.  He served as a Visiting Professor and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught Legal Process, Civil Procedure, Graduate Legal Research and Writing, and International Dispute Resolution.  During that time, from 2006 to 2012, Peter also co-coached Osgoode’s Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration Team.  Recently, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College where he taught a number of business law courses.  He is currently a part-time Lecturer in Law at the University of Derby Online, an LLM Dissertation Supervisor at Robert Kennedy College, and a Tutor in Law with the University of Essex Online. Peter also acts as a Legal Compliance Manager for Canada’s largest privately-held commercial real estate development firm in the Greater Toronto Area.

Peter continues to research and publish in the area of the international commercial law.  He has numerous publications in international law journals on topics related to the CISG and international commercial law generally.  In 2014 he released his book, Exemptions for the Non-Performance of Contractual Obligations in CISG Article 79: The Quest for Uniformity in International Sales Law, (Cambridge, UK: Intersentia Publishing).

Dr Rachael Dickson Hillyard

Rachael is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, having received her PhD in Law in 2018 from Queen’s University Belfast. She is an experienced tutor in law as well as the politics of the European Union and political theory. She holds a BA in International Studies and History and an LLM in Criminal Justice and Human Rights Law. Alongside her PhD study Rachael worked in Learning Development and supported students’ academic skills development through one-to-one consultations and workshop facilitation. She facilitates workshops on a consultancy basis on postgraduate dissertation skills.

Rafael Savva

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

Dr Reza Beheshti

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.

Robert Jago

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.

Dr Roberto Castro de Figueiredo

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.

Siobhan Walsh

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.

Dr Stuart Weinstein

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.

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


Dr Sarah Thurgood CPsychol MAR

Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme.

She is a Chartered Psychologist and she holds a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.

Sarah Thurgood

Dr Alan Law

Alan recently completed a PhD with a focus on personality development and wisdom. He is now based in New Zealand, where he completed a BA and PGDipSci in psychology before leaving for Europe to teach English and Psychology for 14 years. During that time he gained an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London, and his PhD is from Jacobs University Bremen, in Germany.

Aside from a teaching qualification, he has certification to administer psychological tests for occupational purposes, with specific focus on personality tests. As well as authoring a textbook for secondary school psychology students, Alan has several publications under review or in preparation on wisdom, which will join a catalogue of previously published book chapters on wisdom and a journal article covering the topic of mental health stigma as well as several non-academic works.

He is interested in research on personality across the lifespan, particularly where it interacts with education, work and ageing, but has broad familiarity with several fields of psychology, especially clinical, forensic, sports and organisational. As primary caregiver to two small children, he is also very interested in early childhood education and personality development.

Dr Alex Forsythe

Dr Alex Forsythe is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has recently been appointed as Head of Standards and Certification for the Association of Business psychologists and she is Director of the Masters in Research Methods at the University of Liverpool.  Alex supports online students across the world in their academic studies at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.   Recognizing how critical it is that students have the best support materials to guide their learning, Alex has provided freelance support, designing and writing teaching materials at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level.  Areas include individual differences, the history of psychology, the psychology of learning, research methods, leadership, coaching and global talent management.

Alex Forsythe has advanced professional standing in several areas relating to human performance, all of which require demonstrable evidence of diagnostic skills, problem-solving capacities, and diverse applied experience. She has special interests in all facets of measurement. From the measurement of human performance to the measurement very small things such as icons, symbols and repeating patterns, to very large things such as buildings. Her work measuring role that small repeating patterns, known as fractals, play in aesthetic experience and the potential the early diagnosis of Dementia has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Scientist, The Times, Guardian and by the BBC.  Alex has received funding from the Kings Funds to evaluate the design of palliative care settings and was awarded a European Fellowship to advise architects involved in the design of healing environments and to build industry-university partnerships.

Dr Alexandra Pentaraki

Dr Alexandra Pentaraki obtained her Doctorate degree in Psychological Medicine from the University of London, King’s College London, UK. She is a Honorary Visiting Research Associate of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and a Chartered Psychologist of The British Psychological Society. She is trained in clinical psychology, neuropsychology and psychotherapy for adults and children. From 2012-2016 she was an Honorary Lecturer, Applied Psychology & Mental Health, of The University of Liverpool, UK and she was also teaching psychology at the University of Roehampton, UK. From April 2018 she teaches psychology at the University of Essex, UK. Her significant clinical experience is derived from her work and research in Great Britain (Maudsley Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge) and Greece (Clinical and Research Fellow of the Psychiatric Department of Hippocration General Hospital, Thessaloniki, and of the Psychiatric Department of Athens University, Aeginition). Her theoretical and clinical background is based on cognitive-behavioural, short psychodynamic, eclectic approaches, body/mind medicine and mindfulness. She has been trained in psychotherapeutic methods as well as in specific programmes for anxiety, depression, trauma and psychosis.

Dr Pentaraki has been invited to present her work in international conferences and she has been awarded a travel grant from Brain to present her work in the 13th Biennial Workshop on Schizophrenia Research, 2006, Davos, Switzerland. More recently Dr Pentaraki received a Young Scientist Award for her work on verbal memory deficits in schizophrenia (14th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders, 2008, Montreux, Switzerland). She is and active researcher, writer and an anonymous scientific reviewer. She has published a book on depression and women (Breaking the Chains of Women’s Depression, Brain Matters Institute. She is a practising clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist and a registered expert witness in European and Greek courts and she travels a lot in order to perform her work internationally. In 2011 she has been elected an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Anne-Marie Micallef Ciani

As a Registered Clinical Psychologist, collaborative international therapeutic and consultancy work within CAMHS, social services and in the private sector practice with adolescents and children suffering with different mental health conditions has increased my belief that psychology can be useful when it is effectively applied across a variety of settings, through collaborative working to understand overlapping factors that make or break healthy individuals in the field of deviant behaviour, the nature/nurture dilemma to the contribution of positive citizenship and as well as individual and social well being. Promoting academic knowledge hopefully contributes to new practical arrangements in the lives of people and societies.

Dr Anne-Marie Micallef Ciani

Brandon May

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

Dr Denise Miller achieved a BA in Education from the University of Greenwich in 1996. She worked in primary schools for 8 years before embarking on training to become an educational psychologist. Denise Miller attained an MSc in Educational Psychology from University College London and started working as a fully qualified Educational Psychologist (EP) in the London Borough of Lambeth in 2005. She successfully completed a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology in 2014, and she returned to the University of Greenwich, this time as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculties of Psychology and Education and Health.

As a teacher, lecturer and educational psychologist, Denise has worked in primary and secondary school settings, as well as, further and higher education contexts. She has a substantial knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum and of the most effective teaching, learning and positive behaviour management strategies and interventions. Denise has also delivered training on wide-ranging topics relating to improving the quality of teaching and learning for children and young people.

Dr. Ezinwanne Az’Fredrick

Dr. Ezinwanne Az’Fredrick has a PhD in Counselling Psychology. Her 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 Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (ADDRF) in partnership with International Development Research Center (IDRC), 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 an alumni of Browns Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) organised by Brown University, a research University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She contributes to her field through pre-publication peer review for journals and scientific publications.

Dr Julia Neufeind

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 Karisha George

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

Dr Keith Schofield

A chartered psychologist and BPS accredited psychometric test user, Keith specialises in the application of psychology to the workplace. With a specific interest in how people learn at work, Keith’s research looks at the situated and social nature of the learning process from a qualitative, ethnographic perspective.

Keith’s academic career started lecturing psychology at Dublin Business School, then specialising in work psychology at the University of Huddersfield, before taking up a role in the Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School where he also has responsibility for the Executive MBA programme. His teaching focuses on the psychology of learning at work, assessment and selection methods, and contemporary issues in human resources.

Dr Louisa Elston-Green

Louisa 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

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

Nicole completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.  Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained a MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield.

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

Nicole Sherretts

Dr Rebecca Stack

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.

Will Sillitoe

Having been an English teacher for 20 years, Will teaches on the Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology course, which is concerned with the role of academic language and formal writing style in academic psychology.

Whilst studying for a master’s in English Literature, Will crossed over to psychology after using theories from evolutionary psychology to examine American poetry. His psychology master’s thesis focused on the phenomenon of imitation and its effect on eliciting trust behaviour.

His interests are wide ranging and include ethology, social constructionism, the history of psychology, symbolic interactionism, attachment theory and the ideas of intriguing counter-culture psychoanalysts such as R.D. Laing, Wilhelm Reich and Arthur Janov.

Currently living in Finland, he hopes to begin his PhD this year having completed his master’s in social psychology at Helsinki University.