UCC | School of Health and Social Sciences


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)Person-Centred Counselling
FdAEarly Years
FdAHealth and Social Care
HNC/D Coaching and Sport Development


Ri Punt is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Counselling. Ri regards her teaching as a catalyst that enables students to change from within, believing that everyone has answers within themselves. She has worked with children and young people, domestic abuse survivors, perpetrators of abuse, young offenders, and military veterans

Ri has a particular interest in sleep disorders in military veterans and biopsychosocial education. In 2016 she gave a conference paper on Veterans and sleep disorders at the inaugural Global Veterans and Family Studies Conference, Anglia Ruskin University.

Ri has taught at South Essex College before joining University Centre Colchester. She is a member of the BACP.

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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 is currently completing her MA in Education which focuses on the connection between student feedback and improving the quality of educational provision for students.

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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."