BACP Universities & Colleges A Division of BACP

HUCS Meetings 2016/2017


Each of the three meetings will focus on one different aspect of our theme for the year: 'Engaging with Controversy' - reflecting our desire to engage intelligently amd reflectively with our institutions and senior managers whilst recognising the frowing pressures and demands we are all operating under.  Dates as follows

November 11 2016:  University of Westminster.  Speaker Philip Stockoe 'The Healthy Oganisation'. 

February 17 2017: Manchester Metropolitan University.  Speaker Julian Baggini 'How philosophy can help redress the narrative of 'mental health crisis'.

June 9 2017: University of Cardiff.  Speaker Professor Frank Furedi 'The infantilisation of university culture: are counselling services colluding with or challenging paternalism in our institutions?'

(please note these are woking titles only and full details will be posted when available.)

Mentoring and consultation scheme for heads of service

This scheme was started in 2012, to develop the support available to members and to promote network building. The scheme has proved popular and has been accessed by an increasing number of heads and by those facing challenges to their service. Contact Géraldine Dufour Tel: 01223 332865.  Email:

Membership Exec 2016/2017       

David Mair: Chair 
Head of Counselling (University of Birmingham)
I am the current chair of HUCS and represent the goup on the BACP:UC Executive. 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.
Tel: 0121 414 5130

Alan Percy:  Chair Elect and Media Liaison
Head of Counselling (University of Oxford)
From working in youth and community settings in the early 1980’s, I became committed in developing practical therapeutic strategies to help young people and adults suffering from psychological/emotional distress and the effects of mental illness to achieve life goals. Subsequently I worked at a wide range of FE and HE Institutions as a counsellor and lecturer for over 25 years. I have worked at the Counselling Service at the University of Oxford for the last 15 years and am the current Head. I am a qualified UKCP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and accredited clinical supervisor, a Senior Accredited Member of (BACP).
Tel: 01865 (2) 70300b
Trevor Butlin: Secretary
Team Leader: Counselling and Wellbeing (De Montfort University)
Having qualified 30 years ago, I have worked in student counslling for 15.   Originally training as a psychodynamic counsellor, I now offer a very integrative approach to provide a 'menu of options' to clients.  I have been Team Leader at DMU for four years andenjoy the challenge of supporting and managing staff.  I also have a background in training and careers' guidance.  I have a particular interest in developing proactive projects to ensure that services are embedded in Unviersities.  This includes evaluating effectiveness of services.  I joined the Exec in 2014. 
Tel:  0116 2078602     
Treasurer : Vacant from January 2017
Helen Bently: Membership Secretary
Head of Counselling: University of Loughborough 
Ronnie Millar: Executive Member and Scottish representative
Director of Counselling (University of Edinburgh)
I trained as a humanistic-existential counsellor after working in the fields of law and pastoral ministry in Scotland and Botswana. I have worked at the Counselling Service at Edinburgh for over 17 years and have been Director for the past five. I currently manage Student and Staff Counselling teams and am involved in University Mental Health Strategy and Quality Assurance committees. I taught on Counselling and Supervision PG Diploma programme and was Chair of the BACP:UC Conference Committee.  I have a keen interest in developing CPD opportunities for counsellors in HE. As well as my involvement with HUCS, I regularly attend meetings of HUCS Scotland.
Tel. 0131 650 4170
Charlotte Williams: Events Co-ordinator
Birkbeck.  University of London