Lecturer Profiles

Jake Hilliard

What do you teach?

Applied Concepts

What do you like most about the subject?

I take great pride in seeing my students' improve their writing skills, which are essential for their future studies and careers.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I like to make my lessons fun and interactive. I also have a strong interest in using technology in my teaching.

Where else have you worked?

Moulton College, Northampton

Your tip for university success:

Work hard, stay positive and enjoy the experience.

Hossein Kalatian

What do you Teach?

Business/ Marketing Strategies and Product Life Cycle

What do you like most about the subject?

The ambitious nature of the students.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I try to use my personal business experiences as much as possible to help students understand that the subject they are studying will directly affect their future. I use range of teaching methods such as; classroom lecture and seminars, group discussion, review of weekly case study supported by a blended learning approach.

Where have you worked/studied previously?

I earned my PgD in Strategic Management and Leadership from City of London College. My areas of research include marketing strategies, foreign direct investment, change management, and strategic management. My PhD research is on the impact of foreign direct investment in economic performance of the UK. My teaching experience includes the business studies and its functions in relation to the different type of the businesses.

Your tip for University success:

Be confident but don’t assume you know it all. There is so much to learn and gain by being a student.

Rebecca Rickaby

What do you teach?

I teach three modules for UNIC on the Foundation Science and Healthcare course - Science (SCE100) and Introduction to Life Systems 1 & 2 (SCE101 & SCE102)

What do you like most about the subject?

Science is always fascinating and interesting - learning how life works and what makes us who we are. Science is also always developing - scientists are always finding out new things and I find that really interesting.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I try to be as approachable as possible and help the students to feel comfortable to ask me when they are unsure of anything. I try to vary the sessions between teaching and technology elements including videos and websites etc. as well as individual and group work to help consolidate learning. We even take some sessions in the University labs so students can experiment for themselves.

Where else have you worked/studied?

 I studied at the University of Northampton for BSc Human Bioscience degree and PhD in Molecular Genetics. I also lecture at the University on the BSc Human Bioscience degree.To read Rebecca’s blog all about being awarded with her PHD please click here.

Your tip for university success:

Work hard and always ask questions. Studying together with classmates can also be a great help. My classmates helped me through my Bachelors degree - we would study and revise for exams together and help each other.

Jacob Clinton

What do you teach?

Foundation Law


LLB (Hons) 1st - University of Hertfordshire; LLM Distinction - Nottingham Trent University

Area of research:

Human Rights - Freedom of Expression with a focus on comedy/satire.

Where have you previously studied/worked?

I am a visiting lecturer at several institutions - Hertfordshire International College and University of Hertfordshire Business School

What do you like most about the subject you teach?

I find it challenging; most students can see the direct application in their other law modules but Constitutional Law is a bit more abstract. Also, as part of the course, I encourage students to apply the information to their own home constitutions - it's always interesting to learn about them.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I like to try to break things up with activities and get the students to teach each other - it's the best way to learn.

What is your tip for university success?

Realise that on a degree you only have three years of opportunity that you will never get again. The time will fly by - you don't just want a degree you want an experience. Throw yourself into extra-curricular activities like Societies, Sports Clubs and Volunteering. Yes, keep on top of your work but enjoy yourself and make friends.
Law especially becomes a lot more fun and understandable when you take part in activities like Mooting and Debating outside of class. Even if you are a law student who likes things outside of law it can still help you develop - for example, I was a presenter on student radio during my degree and I learned so much doing it and it helped improve my presentation skills. 

Claire Paterson-Young

What do you teach?

I have taught a number of modules at UNIC – Creative and Critical Thinking, ILSC, Introduction to the English Legal System and Interview Techniques

Where have you worked/studied previously?

I have an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice with specialism in criminal law, organised crime, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, sex offender psychology, youth justice and social impact measurement. On completing university, I practiced within a legal environment specialising in child sexual exploitation, trafficking and restorative justice. I reviewed and updated the Restorative Justice Guidance in Scotland. On relocating to England, I was employed by a local authority as the Child Sexual Exploitation Coordinator and currently consult with national organisations on Child Sexual Exploitation, Organised Crime and Trafficking. 

Tell us about your current research and expertise:

I am currently completing research on the use of social impact measurement for youth offending interventions at the University of Northampton. This research has allowed me to develop experience collaborating with national and international organisation in order to complete research. As part of this research project, I have designed a social impact measurement framework for youth crime and offending. I have experience designing and conducting research with qualitative and quantitative methodology in secure environments. In completing research projects, I have developed specialism in quantitative and qualitative data analysis including the use of SPSS and Nvivo.

Specialist Skills

Child Sexual Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Social impact Measurement, Youth Justice, Criminology, Sex Offender Psychology, Restorative Justice, Risk Management (CSE), Research, Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology, Lecturing and Training Development.

Teaching Style

I build a rapport with students from the outset to ensure students are confident in asking questions. To ensure the sessions are varies, I use a mixture of technology and traditional teaching methods. This includes introduction group activities, student led seminars, Kahoot!, videos and online research. I think it is important that students find lessons interesting and informative.

Tips for Success at University:

My five top tips for success are:

  • If you need guidance or support, ask for it
  • Try to ensure you read about the topic before the session
  • Always organised and plan your assignments early
  • Participate in activities at the university
  • Learn to manage your time