University Centre Colchester | Academic Services – Our Staff

Chris Mills

Head of Academic Services

Chris Mills studied BA (Hons) Sport & Leisure Management at Staffordshire University and holds a PG Certificate in Business Administration.  He has worked in Higher Education since 2007 and has an extensive understanding of undergraduate student experience, student support and quality assurance sector regulatory requirements. Chris is currently Head of University Centre Colchester Academic Services and is always happy to meet and discuss University Centre Colchester with any future, current or past student.  He can be contacted on or (01206) 712152.

Tracy Blair

Senior Academic Services Officer

Tracy Blair has extensive experience in both management and higher education and has worked in University Centre Colchester since its inception in 2005.  Tracy is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office, including the line management of the Academic Services Officers.

Tracy is always happy to meet with any current student regarding concerns or queries whilst studying on programme, including but not limited to, extenuating circumstances and hardship loans.

Tracy may be contacted by email on or by telephoning (01206) 712231.

Diane Whant

Academic Services Officer

Diane Whant has extensive administration and management experience working within industry and the education sector.  She returned to University Centre Colchester in May 2015.  Diane is one of the Academic Services officers who ensures that processes and information are up to date.  Diane can be contacted on

Ailsa Clarke

Academic Services Officer

Ailsa Clarke studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Bath Spa University and MA Art, Design and the Book at University Centre Colchester. She has worked in Arts and Heritage sector before joining University Centre Colchester in 2013. In her spare time she works on her own surface pattern designs and illustration. Ailsa can be contacted at

Natasha Sayers

Academic Services Officer

Natasha Sayers studied BSc (Hons) Textiles and Apparel at De Montfort University. She has been working at Colchester Institute/University Centre Colchester since December 1999, when she joined as a temporary member of staff. Natasha is an Academic Services Officer, which includes the administration of appeals, exam boards, degree certification and assessment instruments amongst other quality and academic standards processes. Natasha also co-ordinates the staff Christian Union. She can be contacted on