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Michele Fuller is the course leader for University Centre Colchester’s Cert Ed, PGCE and MA Education programmes. She also contributes to the BA (Hons) Education degree and is a personal tutor for under- and postgraduate students.

Her identity as a practitioner is what motivates Michele’s work in Higher Education. She has a particular interest in History of Art, specifically the representation of animals in both European and African Art. Current research focus is on teacher motivation and how this can be considered as part of a teacher training process.

Michele is currently conducting research into mentoring and coaching in both England and South Africa, which is linked to her doctoral studies.

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Neil Barnes is Head of School of Social Sciences and University Centre Colchester’s Director of Teaching and Learning. As an academic, he contributes to PGCE and MA Education programmes.

Neil has taught in an independent school and public service organisations as well as having five years’ experience as a course leader in Further Education. He was a physical training instructor in the Army and new probation police officer trainer for Suffolk Constabulary.

His research interests centre on motivation. Neil has recently conducted studies into Further Education student success, Initial Teacher Education in easing the transition of moving from industry to teaching and the importance of induction.

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Michele Fuller

Michele Fuller is the course leader for University Centre Colchester’s Cert Ed, PGCE and MA Education programmes. She also contributes to the BA (Hons) Education degree and is a personal tutor for under- and postgraduate students.

Her identity as a practitioner is what motivates Michele’s work in Higher Education. She has a particular interest in History of Art, specifically the representation of animals in both European and African Art. Current research focus is on teacher motivation and how this can be considered as part of a teacher training process.

Michele is currently conducting research into mentoring and coaching in both England and South Africa, which is linked to her doctoral studies.

Read staff profile

Neil Barnes

Neil Barnes is Head of School of Social Sciences and University Centre Colchester’s Director of Teaching and Learning. As an academic, he contributes to PGCE and MA Education programmes.

Neil has taught in an independent school and public service organisations as well as having five years’ experience as a course leader in Further Education. He was a physical training instructor in the Army and new probation police officer trainer for Suffolk Constabulary.

His research interests centre on motivation. Neil has recently conducted studies into Further Education student success, Initial Teacher Education in easing the transition of moving from industry to teaching and the importance of induction.

Read staff profile