The Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA), based in York, is celebrating a big milestone this year – its 30th birthday.
Founded in 1988 by Professor Hugh MacPherson (pictured) and Nicholas Haines, the nationally and internationally renowned College trains over 30 students each year to become qualified acupuncturists; as well as teaching 25 students yearly on its Nutrition Masters course, which was added in 2008. The College also offers online Masters courses for complementary healthcare practitioners from all over the world.
Looking back, Shakela Shan (pictured at her graduation, alongside her family) always had a passion for nutrition. The youngest of seven children, Shakela recalls preparing simple wholesome foods at family meal times, and even making sure her toys were well nourished during childhood games! But, it was having her young son diagnosed with respiratory problems that really inspired the mum of three to investigate the correlation between our health and what we eat and digest.
After switching careers from teaching to working as a nutritional adviser, Shakela – from North Leeds – soon realised that to fully maximise the help she could offer to clients, she needed to broaden her nutrition knowledge. Now, two years after enrolling on the NCA’s MSc in Nutritional Science and Practice course, graduate Shakela has her own fledgling practice and says succeeding in her studies has also proved inspirational to her family.
Not everyone gets the chance to turn their passion into a rewarding career, but that’s exactly what Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) Masters graduate Nicky Robinson (pictured) has managed to do.
After being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and finding that conventional medicine and a gluten free diet only helped so far, Nicky turned sleuth and began to investigate the important role played by natural foods in managing her condition.
At the Northern College of Acupuncture we are committed to providing the highest standards of acupuncture study and training. This includes our support for students with specific learning difficulties, as well as our goal of helping graduates ‘hit the ground running’ when it comes to establishing a successful business.
Graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture in June of this year, Claire Huitson is already the owner of a thriving, and very busy clinic. Based in Teesside, such has been the phenomenal interest in Claire’s clinic, she is already considering opening her practice for four days now instead of two, as originally planned.
Elena Holmes graduated (PgDip) from the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) in July 2016, before submitting her MSc in Nutritional Therapy in September 2017 (Elena’s thesis was a systematic review about the current evidence on alpha-linolenic to docosahexaenoic acid conversion efficiency in adult vegans!).
Here, in the lead up to Halloween, Elena (pictured) gives us the lowdown on that traditional spooky favourite … the petrifying pumpkin! Find out more …
Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) graduate Lindsay Fieldhouse epitomises the adage that ‘nothing worth having comes easy’. Not only has Lindsay recently qualified with a First Degree in BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, but the Leeds’ student managed top honours whilst also being pregnant and having a baby during her course!
We believe that the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) is a fantastic place to study, but don’t just take our word for it. Here at the NCA, we are ecstatic that in the recent National Student Survey (NSS), our students have voted us as one of the UK’s best Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to study.
Everyone looks forward to the summer – unless they suffer from hay fever! While most people are imagining months of warm, sunny days – others are dreading the onset of itchy eyes, a runny nose, and checking the pollen count daily.