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School of Health and Social Sciences

Welcome to the UCC School of Health and Social Sciences.

Within the School of Health and Social Sciences you will find a wealth of experience from vocational experts in their fields and cohorts of likeminded students with a passion for the subjects to work with as embark on your learning journey. Our students graduate and are very successful in finding careers in their chosen subjects having a key input into the local, regional and national economies.

We have several decades of experience within our departments with lecturers and students working in a collaborative manner in our distinct and friendly small class sizes in the dedicated higher education spaces to assist you to reach your full potential.

Neil Barnes, Head of School

Courses Offered

BA (Hons)Early Years
BA (Hons)Health and Social Care
BA (Hons) in Policing Practice
BA (Hons)Person-Centred Counselling
FdAEarly Years
HNC/D in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science)


Linda Goldie is programme Leader, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care. Prior to working in Education at Colchester Institute she worked as a social worker in child protection and psychiatric services for children in Scotland, then Southern Ireland and finally in London.

All of Linda’s varied teaching career has been at Colchester Institute, firstly teaching on the Preliminary Certificate in Social Care to 16-18 year olds, then moving into Higher Education with the Supported Open Learning Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care to her present programmes namely the BA(Hons) Health and Social Care.

Her main subject interest is child and family work. Linda’s MA dissertation focussed on domestic violence – the impact on the physical and mental health of women.

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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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Carlene Cornish is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care. She is also part of the Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Research in FE (ARCPE), the British Education Research Association (BERA), and the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Carlene is a member of the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member British Association of Social Workers (BASW), a member of the Society for Education and Training. Carlene has worked full time as a child protection social worker, as a social worker in child protection, and subsequently in the youth justice sector.

Originally from South Africa, she has both local and international experience in social work, probation and research in to education matters, previously working for Essex County Council, the National Probation Service, Essex Youth Offending Service and Barnardo’s.

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Myrtle Munro is a lecturer in in Health and Social Care and teaches the following modules: The social and political context of Health and Social Care; Safeguarding and Risk; Ethics and Values; Law and Ethics; Mental Health; Domestic Collaboration; Change; Advocacy.

After gaining experience working in residential child care she completed a social work qualification at the University of Edinburgh. After working in a range of adult social work settings in England and Hong Kong, she worked as programme lead for the Approved Social Worker Programme in Essex.

For a number of years, she worked independently as a trainer and in consultancy, specialising in mental health and social care. Myrtle has taught at Anglia Ruskin University before joining University Centre Colchester.

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Lindsay Horsley in lecturer in Counselling and teaches the following modules: Counselling/professional practice; Working with Children & Young People; Mental Health. She is a personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor. Lindsay joined University Centre Colchester as a lecturer in Counselling in 2015.

Lindsay is a registered accredited member of the British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Barnardo’s LINK Counsellor. In addition to lecturing, Lindsay continues to work in private practice.

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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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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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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Linda Goldie

Linda Goldie is programme Leader, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care. Prior to working in Education at Colchester Institute she worked as a social worker in child protection and psychiatric services for children in Scotland, then Southern Ireland and finally in London.

All of Linda’s varied teaching career has been at Colchester Institute, firstly teaching on the Preliminary Certificate in Social Care to 16-18 year olds, then moving into Higher Education with the Supported Open Learning Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care to her present programmes namely the BA(Hons) Health and Social Care.

Her main subject interest is child and family work. Linda’s MA dissertation focussed on domestic violence – the impact on the physical and mental health of women.

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

Carlene Cornish

Carlene Cornish is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care. She is also part of the Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Research in FE (ARCPE), the British Education Research Association (BERA), and the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Carlene is a member of the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member British Association of Social Workers (BASW), a member of the Society for Education and Training. Carlene has worked full time as a child protection social worker, as a social worker in child protection, and subsequently in the youth justice sector.

Originally from South Africa, she has both local and international experience in social work, probation and research in to education matters, previously working for Essex County Council, the National Probation Service, Essex Youth Offending Service and Barnardo’s.

Read staff profile

Myrtle Munro

Myrtle Munro is a lecturer in in Health and Social Care and teaches the following modules: The social and political context of Health and Social Care; Safeguarding and Risk; Ethics and Values; Law and Ethics; Mental Health; Domestic Collaboration; Change; Advocacy.

After gaining experience working in residential child care she completed a social work qualification at the University of Edinburgh. After working in a range of adult social work settings in England and Hong Kong, she worked as programme lead for the Approved Social Worker Programme in Essex.

For a number of years, she worked independently as a trainer and in consultancy, specialising in mental health and social care. Myrtle has taught at Anglia Ruskin University before joining University Centre Colchester.

Read staff profile

Lindsay Horsley

Lindsay Horsley in lecturer in Counselling and teaches the following modules: Counselling/professional practice; Working with Children & Young People; Mental Health. She is a personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor. Lindsay joined University Centre Colchester as a lecturer in Counselling in 2015.

Lindsay is a registered accredited member of the British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Barnardo’s LINK Counsellor. In addition to lecturing, Lindsay continues to work in private practice.

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

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

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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Dru Pandya, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care graduate

"Lecturers come from different professional backgrounds and are supportive and knowledgeable."

Eunice Alabi, FdA Health and Social Care graduate

"Studying at UCC has been a worthwhile decision. I enjoy learning in a fun, relaxed and challenging environment, and the amazing team are always available to give support when needed."

Jane Werner, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care graduate

"I had an amazing time studying at UCC. Teamwork is the best resource you can ever get. It helps one to build confidence and self-esteem. Connectivity with others brings about change and with change one learns new things."