Our mission

BACP UC promotes and supports the professional status of counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and CBT therapists working in counselling in college and university settings. We achieve this by providing information, organising networking and training events, conducting and publishing research and sharing best practice and knowledge.

We also represent our members in debates about policy and practice at national level and collaborate with other organisations which have an interest in the wellbeing of students and staff working in the sector.

Our executive

Mark Fudge, Chair

Mark is Head of Counselling at Keele University.

Email: m.l.fudge@keele.ac.uk

David Mair, UC journal editor

I have worked in student counselling for over 12 years, and prior to that my background was working with international students in HE and in teaching. I have a strong interest in equality and diversity issues and how they impinge on client wellbeing, and on the counsellor-client relationship.
Email: david.mair@bacp.ac.uk or d.j.mair@bham.ac.uk

Mary Jones, Deputy Chair and Chair of FE special interest group

I have been Student and Staff Counsellor at Newcastle under Lyme FE College for 12 years. I have been part of the Counsellors in FE subcommittee of the BACP UC for eight years and Chair for two. I regularly contribute to the University and College Counselling journal and coordinate both the UC and Counsellors in FE jiscmail.

Email: mary.jones@nulc.ac.uk

Jane Darougar, Sixth Form representative

I am currently College Counsellor at Leyton Sixth Form College and a lecturer in counselling at Hackney Community College. I have 17 years’ experience of counselling and running a service in both FE and sixth form in north and east London. I've been on the BACP UC FE Special Interest Group since 2015 and on the Executive Committee since 2017.

Email: jane.darougar@leyton.ac.uk

Afra Turner

I currently work as a Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited) at Kings College London Counselling Service and supervise counsellors and mental health advisors working in HE. I have over 20 years of experience in the sector, having originally qualified as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, MBACP and previously held the position of Deputy and Acting Head of Service. I served on the Conference Committee and then the Executive before starting a family. I returned in 2017 to contribute to the establishment of a research culture that promotes the work of practice based therapists, an interest I've developed since beginning a Doctorate in Psychotherapy in 2016.

Email: afra.turner@kcl.ac.uk

Anne Bentley, Chair of Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS)

I'm manager of the Student Wellbeing Services at the University of Plymouth. I have over 20 years’ experience as a counsellor, lecturer, trainer and writer and have worked with diverse client groups, including police officers, street homeless people, victims of crime and university students. I'm currently doing a Doctorate in Education looking at how international doctoral students experience the Plymouth campus. I've published in a range of publications including The Guardian, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Counselling Psychology Quarterly and Mslexia. As a manager, I'm keen to ensure that our Wellbeing Services do not exclude particular groups of students and am an advocate of braving change to support inclusivity and promote mental wellbeing.

Email: anne.bentley@plymouth.ac.uk


See Special interest groups for details of our HUCS, FE and Staff Counselling sub committees