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School of Education

Welcome to the UCC School of Education

When you join the School of Education you will be in one of the oldest departments of the University Centre Colchester having originally started out as St Osyth’s Teacher Training College in 1949 before become a forming part of Colchester Institute in 1979 to the present University Centre Colchester.

Education has always been at the forefront of our Higher Education programmes with exciting and challenging pathways with our BA (Hons) in Education Studies, Initial Teacher Training (PGCE and Certificate of Education) and our taught Master’s Degree in Education. There is something for all existing and aspirating educators whether new to the sector or looking at up skilling for the next step in your careers.

Neil Barnes, Head of School

Courses Offered

BA (Hons)Early Years
BA (Hons)Education Studies
Cert EdLifelong Learning
FdAEarly Years
Learning and Skills Teacher(FE Lecturer) Level 5 Apprenticeship
MAEducation
PGCE (Postgraduate)Lifelong Learning
PGCE (Professional)Lifelong Learning
TESOLLevel 5 Trinity Certificate


Michele Fuller is the course leader for UCC’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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Dr Catherine Duxbury is a lecturer in Health and Education and teaches a range of modules across the following BA (Hons) programmes: Health and Social Care, Early Years, Education. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Catherine joined Colchester Institute in 2009, initially teaching Health and Social Care subjects in Further Education. She also has experience working as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Sociology and the Department of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. She has worked as a lecturer at University Centre Colchester since 2011.

Initially qualifying and experience with counselling adults, her practice evolved and with further CPD and expanded to working with young people. Her specific area of interest and experience is working with individuals in care and those affected by adoption.

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Charlie Fouracres is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Early Years. Charlie has completed all her qualifications at UCC, benefiting from the personalised learning experience as a mature student after a break from Education to raise a family.

Charlie's background is in Early Years Education, having worked in Nurseries, Primary Schools, Sure Start Centres and supporting roles with the NHS in the community. Previous to her current teaching role, she ran a successful childcare provision before returning to her teaching roots here at University Centre Colchester

She completed her MA in Education in June 2018 which focuses on the connection between student feedback and improving the quality of educational provision for students.

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Clare Rhatigan is a lecturer in Early Years Education and teaches modules in Childhood in society, Looked after children & young people, Children’s rights and Domestic abuse.

Clare has worked for many years in social work, Early Years and education. She has experience of working within education and care as an Early Years practitioner as well as the voluntary sector as a social worker and as a trustee for a charity. She is particularly interested in how theory relates to practice.

Interested in children’s rights, both nationally and internationally: the needs of children in care, the impact of domestic abuse on children, historical and contemporary childhood, the impact of poverty on childhood.

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Michele Fuller

Michele Fuller is the course leader for UCC’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

Catherine Duxbury

Dr Catherine Duxbury is a lecturer in Health and Education and teaches a range of modules across the following BA (Hons) programmes: Health and Social Care, Early Years, Education. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Catherine joined Colchester Institute in 2009, initially teaching Health and Social Care subjects in Further Education. She also has experience working as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Sociology and the Department of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. She has worked as a lecturer at University Centre Colchester since 2011.

Initially qualifying and experience with counselling adults, her practice evolved and with further CPD and expanded to working with young people. Her specific area of interest and experience is working with individuals in care and those affected by adoption.

Read staff profile

Charlie Fouracres

Charlie Fouracres is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Early Years. Charlie has completed all her qualifications at UCC, benefiting from the personalised learning experience as a mature student after a break from Education to raise a family.

Charlie’s background is in Early Years Education, having worked in Nurseries, Primary Schools, Sure Start Centres and supporting roles with the NHS in the community. Previous to her current teaching role, she ran a successful childcare provision before returning to her teaching roots here at University Centre Colchester

She completed her MA in Education in June 2018 which focuses on the connection between student feedback and improving the quality of educational provision for students.

Read staff profile

Clare Rhatigan

Clare Rhatigan is a lecturer in Early Years Education and teaches modules in Childhood in society, Looked after children & young people, Children’s rights and Domestic abuse.

Clare has worked for many years in social work, Early Years and education. She has experience of working within education and care as an Early Years practitioner as well as the voluntary sector as a social worker and as a trustee for a charity. She is particularly interested in how theory relates to practice.

Interested in children’s rights, both nationally and internationally: the needs of children in care, the impact of domestic abuse on children, historical and contemporary childhood, the impact of poverty on childhood.

Read staff profile

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Rachel Shedd, PGCE, graduated 2015

"Having studied science at Masters level, I wanted to transfer my skills towards a career in teaching. The PGCE gave me a really good advantage as I was able to get lots of practical experience to complement the theory I was learning. The lecturers were really supportive and I enjoyed the refreshing learning environment. I am now Course Leader for Science at Colchester Institute and get so much out of my rewarding career."

Veronica Montoyo, TESOL graduate

"Studying at UCC was an amazing experience I will never forget. I enjoyed every minute of the course thanks to the genuine and constant support from my tutors and peers during the most challenging moments."