Deborah worked as a solicitor for many years specialising in employment law but always had an interest in complementary medicine. She trained at CICM and now works in Henley and Thame and also enjoys treating children at a paediatric clinic in Oxford.
Lindy was a nurse before she studied at the college, graduating in 1996. She has a busy practice in Buckinghamshire. She takes a particular interest in issues directly affecting our students.
Judith spent 20 years in publishing and media, running her own corporate communications company and consulting at the EU in Brussels. She graduated from the college in 1999, practises in Berkshire and lectures on complementary medicine and health.
Ralph was Head of Life Sciences and then Director of Graduate Studies at Kingston University where he gained wide management experience in the higher education sector and lectured on a variety of topics ranging from genetics and physiology, through to ecology and pollution studies. His research interests were in ecotoxicology and environmental analysis.
Paula has been an accountant since 1980. She became head of practice in 1990 and subsequently became a Fellow of the IFA and Fellow of the Institute of Bookkeepers and the Federation of Tax Advisors. Paula then went on to set up her own accountancy practice specialising in small business. Now retired her interests include pilates and fitness classes, Reading football club and model railways.
Roberta is a retired headteacher and secondary school governor. Her experience of and expertise in managing educational establishments is invaluable to us. She became involved in acupuncture out of curiosity which has led to years of enhanced energy and wellbeing. Roberta is a non-touch healer.
Chair of the Council
Luke previously worked for the civil service, where he was a parliamentary adviser at the Ministry of Justice, before joining the House of Lords administration as an adviser on constitutional law and policy. He is also a former qigong tutor at CICM, and retains a particular interest in this aspect of the college's teaching.
"I love the teaching at CICM, it is varied, interesting and extremely inspiring and the teachers all have a wealth of experience to draw on.”
“CICM was suggested by an acupuncturist I know and recommended for its high-quality tuition and professional approach. I knew I wanted to explore a degree course and after my open day experience I knew it had to be CICM.”
"I recently joined CICM and there are so many things I love about the place. The teachers are genuinely helpful and want us to do well. The place has a calm, harmonic feel and studying has already had a tangible benefit to my lifestyle and health."
"I was an electrician before I started studying acupuncture. It might not seem like it but there are overlaps between them, you look at a circuit and work out where the problem is coming from and then rectify it. The difference is with acupuncture I’ll help people to get better!"
"Since embarking on this course, I have been astounded every day by the passion that this subject has sparked in me. I realised very quickly that I was in the right place, doing the right thing. I can only describe it as finally finding my place in the universe and becoming part of something much bigger than myself."
"I wanted to become an acupuncturist as I prefer to use natural remedies which are in line with my faith and cultural background. I have witnessed the profound effects treatment can have on patients. CICM has an excellent reputation and I love the whole package here, especially the staff and supportive teachers."
"I appreciated the integrated style of TCM and the five elements as being the most profound way to reach and help people. This was the best possible start to a long acupuncture career that I could possibly wish for."
"My years at CICM will always hold a special place in my mind. It was like entering Hogwarts. The subjects are mind-expanding, the teachers and tutors really passionate and always keen to answer questions and give guidance. It has transformed me as a person and changed the way I see people, emotions, relationships, disease and health."
The teachers are really supportive and make every effort to tailor how they teach to suit the different styles of students. I like to question things and look at things from different angles - and the teachers have always supported me by being there to answer things by email after class, recommend further reading, or even being there to support me when I set up a Chinese medicine society for the college.
The course covers a huge range of topics, angles and perspectives, and whilst so much of it is new, unfamiliar and challenging at times- especially the 'hands on practical aspects- I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, or anywhere else I’d rather be doing it. CICM is a hub of connection, commitment and energy, and something I am honoured to be part of.
All of my teachers are practicing therapists with a library of information and experience to reinforce their words and the lectures. I have gained a lot of insight into myself and I often find myself reflecting on what we learned in class and applying it to life. I am recommending the course to everyone I know!
As I was in my late forties I was concerned that I was too old, however the Open Day dispelled any doubts that I had as the age range of students and staff spanned from 18 to 80. The beautiful building was a joy to explore and I felt immersed in the world of Chinese Medicine. It was a cocoon of learning in the heart of Reading and only ten minutes’ walk from the train station.