Social Sciences and Counselling

Meet the team

A warm welcome from the Social Sciences and Counselling Higher Education team at University Centre South Devon.

Lauren Beamish BA (Hons)

Main areas of teaching

  • Psychological perspectives
    • Health psychology
    • Clinical psychology
    • Individual differences
    • Research methods
  • Social policy
  • Restorative practice and participation
  • Social care
  • Child development

Bio

I have a range of current professional experience in youth work, social care and working with sex offenders. I completed my foundation degree in Psychology with Sociology with distinction at UCSD and then achieved a first class BA(hons) in Education, Development and Society. My focus is on integrating psychological and sociological perspectives with clear application to practice. I am classroom lead for Access to Higher Education and my personal experience as a more mature learner means I am enthusiastic about supporting and promoting learning at any age or lived experience.

Research and scholarly activity

Diploma in Education and Training and Learning and Skills Teacher apprenticeship. Collaboration with Torbay Children’s Services to lead the Young Researchers participation programme across college.
Continued work with Circles South West to provide support and accountability to sex offenders including young offenders.

Hannah Davies BSc (Hons), PGCE, FHEA, Dip.Counselling (MNCS Accred)

Main areas of teaching

  • Forensic psychology
  • Offending
  • Victimology and Trauma
  • Integrated Counselling
  • Psychotherapy and Working with Trauma
  • Humanistic Therapies

Bio

Hannah has been teaching at UCSD for the past 5 years. She has helped to develop our range of psychology degrees and has taught across all 3 programmes. Hannah’s background is in Criminology, Sociology and Forensic Psychology. She achieved her BA in Criminology with Sociology in 2014 and her PGCE teaching qualification in 2018. Since working at the college, Hannah has trained to become an accredited Counsellor and now teaches on our range of counselling qualifications that run from level’s 2 to Foundation degree level. Hannah is now the lead for our Access to higher education and counselling qualifications at South Devon College.

Research and scholarly activity

Achieved Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy.
Current practising counsellor who is a registered member of the National Counselling Society.
Specialises in working with young people and is currently in practice at a further education college.
Research interests are on offending behaviour, developmental trauma and working in an integrative way in counselling practice with young people.

Helen Hughes

Main areas of teaching

  • Youth Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Child Development

Geoff Jaggs

Main areas of teaching

  • Psychology: Module Lead for Individual Differences and Quantitative Research
  • Marine Technology: Module Lead for Developing Research and Practice with Work Related Research
  • Civil Engineering: Professional Development

Bio

After completing a PhD in English Literature I took a range of teaching jobs in FE colleges before being appointed as Curriculum Area Manager of a cross-college Department of Learning Support. I was responsible for introducing and overseeing entry-level courses in all curriculum areas. I also managed the college’s provision of additional learning support at all levels. Following a year’s enforced absence due to a serious car accident I returned to the college as a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, where I helped set up a PGCE programme with the University of Teesside and other partner colleges. In 2015 I moved to Devon, and took up a part-time post with UCSD teaching Research Skills and Statistics on the Psychology BA. I’ve since taught on a range of HE programmes, including Marine Technology, Civil Engineering, Criminology and Education. My teaching tends to focus on generic research skills rather than on any specific curriculum area.

Research and scholarly activity

My current research centres on the various ways in which research is integrated into different curriculum areas.

Hannah Kam-Radcliffe BA (Hons) FdSc DET

Main areas of teaching

  • Criminology and Psychology (HE and FE)

Bio

I returned to education after having my first son, some 20 years after leaving school with no FE qualifications. I enrolled on the Access to HE Social Science course, which I completed with distinction. By the end of the course, I had changed my degree choice to Criminology and Psychology FdSc, which I would not have considered had it not been for Access. I then went on to the BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society course, for which I received first class honours. I have returned to the classroom teaching the subjects I graduated from, my ambition is to provoke, inspire and educate the next generations of learners.

Research and scholarly activity

Diploma in Education and Training.
My dissertation research focused on first time offenders of low-level crimes, and if positive intervention, rather than custody, could affect reoffending rates. I hope to continue in this area of research with a Masters.

Anna Neale BSc (Hons), PGCE, SFHEA, MSc

Main areas of teaching

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Perception, Thought and Consciousness
  • Child Development
  • Supervise undergraduate dissertations

Bio

Anna is the Senior Head for Society, Education and Development at the University Centre South Devon and a psychologist by background. Anna has published research in fields of social and developmental psychology, focusing on the psychology of aggression, neurodiversity and children’s social relationships. Anna has an MSc in Criminal Psychology.

Research and scholarly activity

Anna has achieved Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy

Publications:

Benenson, J. F. & Heath, A. (2006). Boys withdraw more in one-on-one interactions, whereas girls withdraw more in groups. Developmental Psychology, 42, 272-282.
Neale, A. (2019). A proactive targeted approach to preventing adolescent aggression. Pastoral Care in Education, 37 (1), 33- 53. DOI:10.1080/02643944.2018.1562494.
Neale, A. & Connolly, S. (2022). ‘Child Development and Neurodiversity: Every classroom, every child and every family are unique’. In Tarry, E. (ed.) Challenges in Early Years and Primary Education: Employing Critical Thinking Skills During Turbulent Times. Abingdon: Routledge.

Qualifications

MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology
PGCE Post Compulsory Education
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Justice Studies

Anne Nevill BA (Hons) Dip.Counselling, (MNCS Accred)

Main areas of teaching

  • Counselling theory and skills
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Pain management and recovery

Bio

I initially trained as a musician and then spent twelve years in London working in live music – as an agent, a tour producer/promoter, and a festival organiser. And I loved that work, but as time went on what I loved most about it was less the music and more the people. It was as much about emotional support as it was about negotiating fees. And over the years I got more and more fascinated by the way that mental health could impact on the performance and even the physical health of my artists. So when I moved to Torbay, a few years ago, I decided to lean in to that fascination and re-train as a counsellor. It was a truly life-changing experience and now, alongside my private practice, I’m a passionate advocate for counselling training. The benefits of taking some time out to pause and think about who you are and why you’re doing what you’re doing, really cannot be overstated! And I love being part of that journey. My special interests are in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and also the treatment of chronic pain and stress illness (I’m a trained practitioner with the Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association).

Katrina Perkins (FdA, BA (Hons), PGCE (inc DET), MA, FHEA)

Main areas of teaching

  • Widening Participation
  • Social Justice
  • Education Inequality and Achievement
  • Social Policy
  • Globalization

I’m a dissertation supervisor and currently lead the following modules at UCSD:

  • Tackling Social Inequality
  • Global Education
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Change
  • Professional Practice
  • Crime, Media and Society

Bio

I have worked at South Devon College since 2016 delivering and writing/ re-writing a variety of programmes from level 3 to level 6. I am currently Higher Education Lead for our BA (Hons) Education, Development and Society & FdSc Psychology with Sociology programmes. I am currently undertaking a PhD in Education focusing specifically on Global Citizenship in college based higher education.

Research and scholarly activity

Achieved Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy.
Published Book Chapter: Perkins, K. (2022) ‘Global Citizenship and Global Education’, in Tarry, E. (ed.) Challenges in early years and primary education: Employing critical thinking skills during turbulent times. London: Routledge.

Jodie Rossiter BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE, SFHEA, MBPsS, MNCS Accred

Main areas of teaching

  • Psychology
  • Wellbeing
  • Humanistic Counselling
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Creative Counselling

Bio

I am an accredited Integrated Counsellor and a Higher Education Coordinator for Social Science and Counselling Courses at UCSD. I have been designing, delivering and coordinating courses in Higher Education since 2013 and I have been lecturing in Psychology and Counselling at South Devon College since 2007. I have taught all aspects of Psychology from level 2 to level 6 and my specialist subjects are Clinical, Social and Criminal Psychology. I have combined my interest in these topics to research potential connections between mental health, social conflict and antisocial behaviour and to look at ways to improve wellbeing, acceptance and social interaction. I am now developing courses in counselling and social and therapeutic interventions, underpinned by positive psychology, historical and cultural developments and philosophical teachings. I aim to work in partnership with other organisations to support individual growth and community wellbeing.

Research and scholarly activity

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
Rossiter, J. (2022). Why do good children do bad things and how can we help them to stop?, in Tarry, E. (ed.) Challenges in early years and primary education: Employing critical thinking skills during turbulent times. London: Routledge, pp. 141-155.
Currently working with the following community groups to research and promote wellbeing:
  • Compassion in Action​: Youth & Community Project
  • Torbay Community Development Trust
  • Shekinah
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Sam Smith BSc (Hons), MEd, FHEA, MBPsS

Main areas of teaching

  • Social Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Research Methods
  • Undergraduate Dissertation

Bio

I have taught at UCSD for twelve years within a range of psychological and educational disciplines. I am the research coordinator for level 6 student projects within Society, Education & Development, and lecture on various research-based modules. I am currently undertaking a PhD at University of Exeter, researching the impact of cooperative learning on social harmony in post-compulsory education.

Research and scholarly activity

Smith, S. (2020) Teaching further education students the effects of naive realism, to support social development and mitigate classroom conflict. Educational & Child Psychology; Vol. 37 No. 3

Dr Estelle Tarry

Main areas of teaching

  • Areas of research
  • Comparative education
  • International education
  • Primary and early years education learning and teaching
  • International students
  • University students
  • Teach on level 6 Education Psychology and dissertation
  • Supervise teaching assistants
  • TE

Bio

I started my career as a primary school teacher. I then went on to be Head of School in Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Netherlands. Through the Council of International Schools, I inspected a school in Melbourne Australia. My career then moved to Higher Education and I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton where I was Programme Leader for the BA Learning and Teaching, MA supervisor and PhD supervisor (4 completions). During this time I worked with the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and led their first international teaching assistants conferences in Paris/France and Rome/Italy. After which I led me to leading teaching Assistants workshops in Baku/Azerbaijan, Amsterdam/The Netherlands, Spain/Milan, Ukraine/Kyiv and Romania/Bucharest. Presently, I lecture Level 6 Education Psychology and and Dissertation, and I am on the research team.

Research and scholarly activity

The writings of Jonothan Neelands, Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol. 37 No.3, p.p. 365-366. I have presented papers at the following conferences: 2021 – Presentation on ‘Research’ at the University Centre South Devon Research Showcase 2014 – Chair for Teaching Assistant Focus Session at the COBIS 32nd Annual Conference, London 2012 – Paper on ‘Intercultural Understanding’ at the Alliance for International Education, Doha, Qatar 2011 – Two papers ‘Is west really the best’ and ‘Researching experience of an expatriate Indian community in the United Kingdom; a perspective on cross cultural research’ at the 4th Learning and Teaching conference ‘Global Learning’ Northampton University 2011 – Seminar given ‘Stakeholders for Successful International Schools’ on the certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context at the COBIS Conference, London 2010 – Presented poster ‘East meets West; The meeting of minds’ at the PhD Student and Supervisors Conference Univeristy of Northampton 2009 – Paper given ‘Reasons why Thai’ students choose to study at British Universities’ at the Society of Research in Higher Education Conference, Cardiff