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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 Katatian

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.

Simon Thompson

What do you teach?

Business Studies and Interactive Learning Skills & Communication

What do you like most about the subject?

Both subjects are very relevant to any student starting out in Higher Education. Everybody needs to learn the basics of academic and working life so they don’t get in the way when you come to pursue your passion.  It’s great to help students achieve that.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Tech-enabled! I love to use technology in the classroom and try to pack my virtual learning environment with lots of videos, interactive web sites and quizzes.

Where else have you worked/studied?

I worked at the University of Northampton as a Learning Technologist for three years before joining UNIC. Prior to that I taught English and Business at a number of private secondary schools and colleges in Northampton and Oxford, along with publishing, typesetting and printing work at Oxford University Press, Routledge & Jane’s Information Group. Along with being a soldier, and completing VAT returns for a water authority, I have had what might be called ‘a portfolio career’!

Your tip for university success:

Set your own assignment deadlines a week in advance of the actual deadline and stick to it. Put your assignment away for at least two days then re-read it and correct it. You will be impressed at the difference in grades … and the reduction in stress!