Dr Victoria Hooton
I am a Lecturer in Law. My areas of expertise are European Union (EU) law, free movement, residency, EU citizenship, immigration and social security law.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of UACES (the academic association for contemporary European Studies) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association, or SLSA.
I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester, from where my doctoral studies were also funded, whilst carrying out the roles of Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant. I have also been an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
My undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations were both published in student law reviews. In 2017 my opinion piece on Brexit was published in The Young European. I was a Guest Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in 2018.
I have carried out research work for charities and been a volunteer at the National Trust.
I am currently developing and delivering teaching materials for undergraduate and postgraduate law students, as well as continuing to develop my research portfolio and publish my work.
I was appointed as a Lecturer at the University in August 2019. I had become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in July.
I gained my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2019 through my thesis ‘Free movement, citizenship and welfare benefits for the economically inactive: re-thinking the balance of interests in EU law.’
During my doctoral studies I held the roles of Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant. In the former I conducted small group teaching in a seminar environment. In the latter role I collated research and compiled an annotated bibliography for the US-focused research project ‘Comparative State Responses to Sexual Violence in Postsecondary Education.’ I also assisted The Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance and Public Law, also known as ManReg, with the compilation of its annual review of research activities.
As Associate Lecturer at The Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019, I conducted small group teaching in EU law.
I gained a First Class Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Manchester in 2014, followed by my Master of Laws (LLM) with Distinction in 2015.
I enjoyed working as a volunteer Archival Researcher for the National Trust between 2016 and 2018, gathering evidence to illustrate the role of Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, in important historical events and developments such as the Factory Act and Peterloo.
I am Module Coordinator for Public Law and I also teach on the EU Law, Business and Employment Law, and Tort law modules. I supervise legal projects as well as undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
I would welcome applications for PhD research supervision on topics relating to EU law, social security law and free movement.
My research interests are predominantly EU law, citizenship and the welfare state. I am also interested in Brexit, human rights and legal history.
I am happy to be contacted by the media about my research interests relating to EU law, Brexit, and free movement, and I am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.