Meet your HE Lecturers

Our lecturers have a wealth of knowledge within their chosen fields, with practical real-life experience that they will pass on to you as you learn.

Jan Selfridge BSc (Hons), MSc

Head of Higher Education

After studying Business at Bournemouth, my working life started as a graduate trainee with Marks & Spencer. Following a 10 year stint at the M&S Head office in London, I moved on to be involved in the creation and management of a Marlow-based marketing and business development consultancy.

Animals have always been a big part of my life but, initially, not part of my career. Dogs, horses, cats and, when I was a smallish child, a rodent and herpetological collection that caused my mother to have nightmares!

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Sandie Burton BA, MA

Head of Department: Animal Management
Lecturer: Animal Management

I haven’t always worked with animals, but they have always been a big part of my life. Initially trained as a make-up artist, I completed a BA in Fashion Promotion at the London College of Fashion before working for a cosmetic company. I worked my way up from Sales Assistant to Operations and Customer Service Manager, but a change in circumstance in my job and the influence of a little rescue dog named Scooby, made me re-evaluate what I wanted to do. So, as a mature student, I went to a land-based college in Dorset to retrain and find a new career pathway working with animals.

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Alessio Campanella BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE

Programme Leader/Course Manager: FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Lecturer: FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare and BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy
Research Lead: BCA HE Student Centre for Animal Welfare Research (CAWR)

My fascination with the study of animals, particularly in birds, was initially inspired by my grandfather and uncle, keen aviculturists. Growing up, further inspiration came from Sir David Attenborough, who of which I had the privilege of meeting. My formal animal education, however, started right here at BCA.

Moving on to gain a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and an MSc in Animal Welfare and Conversation at the University of Essex, I have gained valuable industry experience in different animal sectors, such as working for InterVet MSD Animal Health developing further specialist knowledge in avian husbandry, health and welfare.


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Dr Richard Sands PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hons)

Programme Lead: FdSc Ecology & Conservation

I am an entomologist interested in the ecology of insect populations and in biodiversity conservation. For the last six years I have been working on the population ecology of an invasive pest insect in West London. I have been investigating what factors shape the distribution of this pest and applied genetics as a way to reveal its natural enemies. This work was carried out with the help of the Royal Parks, the Forestry Commission and the University of Southampton. Prior to this I worked on plant-pollinator interactions using bumblebees and red clover at the University of Manchester.

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Katie Lawrence Vet. Phys, MIRVAP, PGCE, Vet Ed, FHEA

Programme Lead: BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy
Professional Practice: Veterinary Physiotherapist

With over fifteen years’ of clinical practice, eight of them as a lecturer, trainer and examiner, I am passionate about the value of veterinary physiotherapy in the care of animals and thrilled to be leading the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy programme at BCA. I am also well positioned to ensure that the programme continues to meet industry standards through my role as a board member of the musculoskeletal working group for veterinary physiotherapy.

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Kirsty Ronkainen MSc, BSc (Hons), QTS

HE Development Co-ordinator
Lecturer: Animal Behaviour, Research Methods and Statistics

Fascinated by all animals since I was a child, I am currently the very proud owner of a slightly dotty English springer spaniel called Campbell who, prior to retirement, had an illustrious career as an RAF sniffer dog. As well as dogs, I have a particular passion for primates. My conservation idol is Jane Goodall and I was lucky enough to meet her during her lecture tour in 2015.

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Lisa Webber BSc (Hons), PGCE

Lecturer: Animal Science, Animal Health, Animal Nutrition and Genetics.
Programme Lead: Year 1 FdSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Ever since my family re-homed a rescue dog when I was a teenager, I wanted to study for an animal qualification and have an animal-related career.

The degree programme I completed at Harper Adams University College - BSc (Hons) Animal Health and Welfare - was strongly science based but it gave me a great insight into the wider range of animal subjects, such as welfare, epidemiology, immunology and companion animal health.

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Marion Brown BA (Hons)

Lecturer: Children’s Development and Learning

Like many early years practitioners, I first became interested in the importance of pre-school education when my own children went to nursery. Until that point my career had involved business administration in a variety of settings within the private, public and charity sectors.

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Hilary Harris BA (Hons), PGCE, MA

Lecturer and Course Manager: Children’s Development and Learning
Areas expertise: Professional development of practitioners;
Supporting practitioner research;
Creating enabling learning spaces.

I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher and throughout my professional career I have taught across a range of educational settings and age ranges. After graduating from Leicester University with a degree in Social Sciences, I trained as a geography teacher and taught at a girls’ comprehensive school in Maidenhead, becoming head of department before leaving to have my twins.

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