Jen Winter

Jen Winter

Jen graduated  from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in March 1994, and went on to graduate from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine on their Traditional Chinese Medicine programme in 2001.  This dual approach to acupuncture, covering Five Element acupuncture as well as TCM, broadened the scope of her treatment while at the same time highlighting her belief that all theory derives from  a clear understanding of the classics.

In 2005 she returned to the CTA and became a full Faculty member, teaching extensively on both first and second year, and participating in many projects involving course documentation and quality assurance across the BA programme.  This work included core documents such as the Graduate Profile, Faculty Profile, a shared teaching database, upgraded teaching materials, and Quality Assurance processes such as the annual Student and Staff surveys.  These projects were all aimed at sharing good teaching practice, and elevating standards of teaching and pastoral care on an on-going basis.  During this time she also elected to study teaching in more depth, and enrolled on the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector which she completed in June 2009, gaining a First.  She also started and ran the Warwickshire Regional Group, on behalf of the British Acupuncture Council, which like all regional groups, is aimed at the support and on-going learning of local practitioner members.

After studying teaching and teaching methods in such depth, and co-writing e-learning modules for postgraduate qualifications, as well as studying trends in student and teacher behaviours and attitudes, she realised the potential for a superior learning experience; one which might maximise and support learning, while allowing students to maintain a healthy work/study/family balance. With the sad demise of CTA, The Academy was born…