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.
Mark Fudge, Chair
Mark is Head of Counselling at Keele University.
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.
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.
Afra Turner, Chair of the Research SIG
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.
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.
See Special interest groups for details of our HUCS, FE and Staff Counselling sub committees
Rick Hughes, Editor, University and College Counselling
I've been Head of Service for the University of Aberdeen Counselling Service (students and staff) for the last five years, and prior to that I was BACP’s Lead Advisor: Workplace. I have a keen interest in the creative and innovative ways we support our clients so we can best meet the needs of our sector community, including how we evolve and develop as practitioners and look after ourselves in our challenging roles.