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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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