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Last updated 23rd March 2023


Jean Hatton is a Senior Lecturer in youth and community work. She has been teaching full-time at the University of Huddersfield since 2004.

Jean began her career as a Youth and Community Worker in 1982 within the voluntary sector in Inner London. It was whilst working in the East End of London that she began to specialise in using outdoor education as a tool in personal development. This continues to be an area of personal, and sometimes professional, interest.

Jean has been involved in Youth and Community Work training and education since 1990 when she began working in Kirklees as a Youth work trainer and outdoor pursuits instructor. She has undertaken a wide range of roles in many different settings within the context of informal education, including developing a mentoring project and acting as an evaluation worker in a primary health care setting.

Jean is responsible for the management of the Fieldwork elements of all the Youth and Community Work programmes at the University and teaches on the fieldwork modules as well as some of the academic module.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Use of Self
  • Professional youth and community workers
  • How LGBTQ identity might impact on the ‘use of self’ within youth and community work and HE contexts
  • The effects of dyslexia on the self-confidence of youth and community work students both in their academic and in their professional setting


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