UCC | School of Social Sciences

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School of Education

Welcome to the UCC School of Social Sciences.
Within the School of Social Sciences you will find a wealth of experience from vocational experts in their fields and cohorts of like minded 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.

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)Childhood Studies
BA (Hons)Counselling and Psychotherapy
BA (Hons)Education Studies
BA (Hons)Policing Practice
BSc (Hons)Health and Psychosocial Studies
BSc (Hons)Sports Coaching (Top-up)
Cert EdLifelong Learning
DipHEPerson-centred Counselling
FdAChildhood Studies
HNC/D in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science)
Learning and Skills Teacher(FE Lecturer) Level 5 Apprenticeship
MAEducation
PGCE (Postgraduate)Lifelong Learning
PGCE (Professional)Lifelong Learning
TESOLLevel 5 Trinity Certificate

Katherine Ewing is Course leader and internal verification lead for HNC/D in Sport. Katherine has taught at Hertford Regional College and Redbridge College before joining Colchester Institute.

Katherine’s most recent research is an investigation into the effect of a nutrition education intervention on nutritional knowledge of university performance basketball athletes, carried out as the research aspect of an MSc course in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Ulster.

She has been a lecturer at University Centre Colchester since 2013. She also works at the University of Essex, providing lifestyle and nutritional advice to the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes.

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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.

Read staff profile

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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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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Neil Barnes is Head of School of Social Sciences and UCC 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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Neil Barnes

Neil Barnes is Head of School of Social Sciences and UCC 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

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

Katherine Ewing

Katherine Ewing is Course leader and internal verification lead for HNC/D in Sport. Katherine has taught at Hertford Regional College and Redbridge College before joining Colchester Institute.

Katherine’s most recent research is an investigation into the effect of a nutrition education intervention on nutritional knowledge of university performance basketball athletes, carried out as the research aspect of an MSc course in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Ulster.

She has been a lecturer at University Centre Colchester since 2013. She also works at the University of Essex, providing lifestyle and nutritional advice to the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes.

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

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

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