Who we are

Who are the lecturers?

All the lecturers working for MANCENT have had many years of experience working in Adult Education. Apart from working for Manchester’s “Courses for the Public”, they have associations with University departments throughout the Country, the Open University, the Adult Education Branches of the University of Liverpool and the Wilmslow Guild.

Over the next few months we are going to add pictures and short CVs for most of our lecturers. At the moment here is a short list of their names, subjects and contact addresses in case of queries.

  • Dr. Robert S. Callow


Bob Callow

Robert Callow graduated from London University with first class honours in Botany in 1971. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree for his thesis on the rare Somerset grass Koeleria vallesiana. He was a lecturer at Manchester University for almost thirty years (1974-2003) and a tutor with the Open University for nine (1992-2000). He appeared on the Channel 4 series “Six experiments that changed the world”. His research publications have been mainly concerned with chromosomal evolution in plants but he has taught plant ecology on numerous fieldcourses, both in the Mediterranean and in Britain . He has also led botanical holidays for the tour-company Cox and Kings. He is author, with Dr L.M. Cook, ofGenetic and Evolutionary Diversity (Stanley-Thornes, 1999). Since taking early retirement in 2003, he has provided training courses for Aberdeen County Council, Agri-Biotech Ltd and the Field Studies Council. He has also presented courses on an independent basis for those with enquiring minds, particularly in the fields of genetics and evolution.


60 Primrose Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6LW

email: vallesiana@aol.com

  • Dr. Gareth Curtis


Dr. Curtis is available for outside speaking appointments and invitations to lecture and can be contacted via the details below. 

Gareth Curtis read Music at Cambridge and was later awarded a Ph.D. by Manchester University for his research into medieval sacred music. He has spent most of his career in education, teaching for the Music Department and for Courses for the Public at Manchester University; he is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.
Despite his out-of-the-way specialist area, he claims catholic interests, and, over the years, has explored a wide range of musical topics in both weekly courses and study days.


25 Westbourne Park, Urmston, Manchester M41 0XR

phone: 0161- 7478687

email: curtismusic@btinternet.com

  • Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann, FSA

Dr. Hoffmann is available for outside speaking appointments and invitations to lecture and can be contacted via the details below. 

Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann is Co-Director of the Roman Gask Project. She teaches or taught Archaeology, Ancient History and Latin at UCD Dublin, the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, Queen’s College Canada and Virginia Military Institute Virginia. She also lectures for a number of adult education organisations in addition to freelance research and writing. She studied Roman Archaeology, Early Medieval Archaeology and Ancient History at Freiburg University in Freiburg/Germany. She has a MA in Roman Archaeology from Durham University and a PhD in Roman Archaeology (with sub-sits in Ancient History and Iron Age and Medieval Archaeology) from Freiburg University . Birgitta Hoffmann is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has published widely, especially on trade and long-distance contact across borders, military archaeology for the Roman to early modern periods, as well as Roman history and archaeology.

She is also the Chairperson of the Wilmslow Community Archaeology Group.




Roman Gask Project

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55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL

email: latinteacher@btinternet.com phone: 07747 533 070

  • Dr. Martin R. Jervis


Martin Jervis

Specialises in modern American political history, with special reference to the US Intelligence community. Director of Historical Studies at the University of Bolton. Currently preparing an article for publication.

Martin Jervis is one of the Lecturers of History Inc.

  • Andrew Jones, BA (Hons)


Contact: 0161 – 491 2874

Retired Head of History Department at Tring School, Hefts, where his specialist subjects where modern American and European history. Subsequently developed a career in Adult Education, teaching at the University of Manchester, the Lamb Guild and the WEA.

Andrew Jones is one of the Lecturers of History Inc.

  • Carla Leach, BA (Hons)

Professional writer, whose interests  include the growth of British Intelligence prior to and during the Cold War; British Africa prior to Decolonisation; Hollywood in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, with special reference to the crime genre.

Carla Leach is one of the Lecturers of History Inc.

  • Dr. Creina Mansfield


Creina Mansfield

Dr Creina Mansfield has degrees from Cambridge & Manchester universities. She has taught English literature for many years & specialises in narrative & the novel. She has a particular interest in the work of Graham Greene & she continues to be one of the judges of The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust’s Writing Competition. She has published many fiction works for children, but in recent years has changed direction & begun writing fiction for adults. Her novel The Quiet Soldier: Phuong’s Story has been published in 2014.

  • Dr. Gina Muskett


Gina Muskett is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Research Associate (Classical Antiquities) at National Museums Liverpool. She has published numerous books and articles on Aegean and Classical art and archaeology and museum collections, as well as being a contributor to several popular books on archaeology. Following the award of her doctorate in Mycenaean art at the University of Liverpool, Gina continued at the university, lecturing in Greek art and archaeology, including PhD supervision, and was Academic Organiser for the University’s Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Continuing Education Programme. She subsequently moved to National Museums Liverpool as Curator of Classical Antiquities, which fostered one of her current research interests, the formation of museum collections of antiquities originally collected during the 18th century ‘Grand Tour’, alongside her continuing research in the art and archaeology of the classical world.

  • Dr. Mike Nevell, FSA

    Mike Nevell


Mike Nevell is an extramural tutor with more than 20 years experience, having taught for the WEA, the Wilmslow Guild and the University of Manchester. He is currently Head of Archaeology at the University of Salford and Chairman of CBA North West. Mike’s research and teaching interests include Industrial archaeology and the archaeology of buildings, with many publications on both subjects.

Mike Nevell, University of Salford, Centre for Applied Archaeology, Joule House, Salford, M5 4NW
email: m.d.nevell@salford.ac.uk Tel: 0161 – 2953825

  • Dr. Alan Sennett


alan sennett

Dr. Alan Sennett is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and teaches modern history, politics and film at Manchester and Liverpool universities. He also lectures for a number of adult educational organisations in addition to freelance research and writing. He studied modern history at Sheffield City Polytechnic, took his MA in Political Sociology at Leeds University and a PhD at Manchester Victoria University. Research interests include political organisations in the Spanish Civil War, and film propaganda in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s (including cinema of Empire, Hollywood, Soviet and Weimar cinemas and the documentary film movement in Britain).


Flat 5, 36 Oak Road, Withington, Manchester M20 3DA

email: a.sennett@open.ac.uk

  • Dr. Michael Tunnicliffe

Theology & Biblical Studies

Michael Tunnicliffe studied Theology at Birmingham (BA and MA) and at Cambridge (M.Litt) where he did research on three verses in the Book of Isaiah. He is a member of the Society for Old Testament Studies and author of a Commenatry on the books of Chronicles Ezra and Nehemiah. He now teaches free lance for a  number of providers in the North West.


5 St.George’s Way, Kingsmead, Northwich, CW9 8XG

email: mtunni@sky.com

  • Barry Wood


I have a BA honours degree in English & Philosophy from the University of Reading (1963), an MA in English & American Literature, McMaster University (1966) and an MA in Literary Translation, Essex University (1968).  From 1967-71, I held various p/t teaching and lecturing posts at Essex University, Middlesex Polytechnic and with London University Extra-Mural Dept/WEA.  In 1971, I was appointed lecturer in English Literature at Bolton Institute (now the University of Bolton) and retired as Principal Lecturer in English & Creative Writing
in 2004.  Since retirement I have delivered courses—mainly on modern poetry— as a Staff Tutor for the Manchester University ‘Courses for the Public’ programme (2006-9) and have been appointed Honorary Fellow in the Writing School at MMU (2007-ongoing).  Recent publications include: ‘The Poetry of Jack Beeching’, jacketmagazine (April 2006); interviews with Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Vicki Feaver for sheerpoetry.com and ‘The Feat of Translation’
and other review-articles on modern poetry for PN Review. 


12 St.Brannock’s Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0UP


Adult Education in Manchester and Cheshire