Portrait of Ms Jean Hatton Ms Jean Hatton

j.hatton@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478235


Qualifications: BSoc.Sci., PGCE, MEd, JNC-qualified

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.


Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

  • The ‘use of self’ for professional youth and community workers and lecturers in HE
  • 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

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hatton, J (2017) ‘Intersectionality and the 'journeys' of LGB women youth workers’. In: SEPD/HudCRES Research Conference, 4th May 2017, University of Huddersfield


Hatton, J (2016) ‘Sexuality, gender and the use of self: how to analyse the data? The struggles (for survival) of a doctoral student.’. In: SEPD Researchers Conference, 7th April 2016, University of Huddersfield


Hatton, J (2014) ‘‘The Use of Self’ in a Youth Work Context’. In: Training Agency Group annual conference Summer 2014, 26th - 28th June 2014, Newman College, Birmingham


Mullen, J. and Hatton, J. (2012) ‘Scaffolding and supporting virtual communities’. In: 9th ALDinHE Conference Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Conference:learning Development in a Digital Age., 2nd-4th April 2012, Leeds University, UK


Hatton, J., Williams, F. and Chapman, A. (2011) ‘Queering Inside Out: Professionals’ Reflections on Practice’. In: BERA SIG, 6-8 September 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University

Mullen, J., Hatton, J. and Frankland, S. (2011) ‘Transformative Learning:the start of the journey?’. In: 6th European Conference on the First Year Experience, 19th-20th June 2011, Manchester University

Mullen, J., Hatton, J. and Frankland, S. (2011) ‘Constructive Dialogue with Students’. In: 8th Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Conference: Engaging students- Engaging learning, 18th-20th April 2011, Queen's University Belfast


Boyd, L. and Hatton, J. (2010) ‘Facing Reality: students’ insights into challenges for young people practitioners’. In: Training Agency Group: Youth and Community Work Annual Conference 2010, June 2010, University of Durham


Hatton, J. and Mullen, J. (2009) ‘Levelling the playing field’. In: Training Agencies Group, June 2009, Sheffield , pp. 1-7

Mullen, J. and Hatton, J. (2009) ‘Listen to me! the voices of some students with dyslexia’. In: Degrees of Independence: Providing inclusive learning in Higher Education, 16th - 17th April 2009, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Mullen, J. and Hatton, J. (2009) ‘Perplexing Identities’. In: 6th Annual Learning and Development in Higher Education Network, 6th - 7th March 2009, Bournemouth University




Active member, Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Youth Work Unit and their LGBT networks


Active member of Training Agencies Group

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

International Experience:

Lead partner in Grundvig partnership facilitating meetings and conferences in Sweden, Lithuania and Czech republic

Research Degree Supervision

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Administrative Responsibilities

Jean currently takes the lead in placement management on the Youth and Community Work degrees and in Admissions for the Undergraduate programe.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Jean’s major focus is on the teaching of field work skills both within the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Youth and Community work courses. Linked to this she leads on the development of links with the Youth and Community work profession locally and regionally so that our students can be sure of excellent placement opportunities.

Jean is also module leader for Perspectives on Learning and Development: a Foundation level module focusing on the challenge of understanding how young people learn and develop and the relevant links to a range of Professional policy and practice developments.

Jean also contributes to the teaching of the ‘Communities in Theory and Practice’ module at Intermediate and Higher level taking particular interest in students’ understanding of community organisations and how they operate in the 21st century.