Hugh studied English and Sociology at Queens University and went on to do a Masters in Social Work at Queens and a postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring at Dublin Institute of Technology.
He led various projects in the voluntary sector from 1980 to 1994 before joining Ulster University as a member of the Community Youth Work team.
Hugh has acted as a Course Director for the Youth Work programme until 2003. Since then he has been involved in leading the establishment of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Restorative Practices.
Hugh’s research focus includes
- Justice, security and the role of restorative justice in intercultural settings (2012-16)
- The treatment of vulnerable young people a comparative study –N.I./Norway and Estonia-(commencing 2017)
- Mentoring community workers ,with Sam McCready (2000-present)
Current evaluation activity is an examination of the practice efficacy of sport as a vehicle for personal development for working class youth. This includes the GOALS impact report 2012 for Active Community Network, an international youth charity. A follow up report is due early 2017
Hugh teaches on the Certificate (undergraduate) and Masters in Restorative Practices and contributes to the BSc in Community Youth Work and the BSc in Criminology.
Hugh is a member of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland's board. He was appointed in December 2014