Study on our high-quality acupuncture courses at the Northern College of Acupuncture


BSc (Hons) and MSc in Acupuncture courses (weekend and weekday) – our next courses begin in October 2017. Eligible students can apply now for a student loan for our BSc in Acupuncture.

How the College is run

Our staff work hard to look after our students and make sure everyone is supported.

Northern College of Acupuncture Principal - Richard Blackwell


College Principal Richard Blackwell

"I have been in post as the head of the College since 1998 and head up a really dedicated team. I am in charge of the day-to-day running of the College backed up by members of the management team and all the staff. The College is overseen by a Board of Trustees, a voluntary group of people from a variety of backgrounds and expertise who provide knowledge and experience to help steer the College. Students also have their say and each cohort chooses a student representative whose job is to feed back their group’s thoughts and ideas to the teaching team, with whom they meet on a regular basis. As we are a registered charity any profit made goes straight back into the College."

College administration


NCA Registrar

Registrar and College Manager
Alison Edwards

BA (Hons)

"As Registrar I provide support and information to students, manage admissions, year-end results and awards. As College Manager I am responsible for personnel, Health and Safety, IT management and meetings."

NCA Marketing Manager

Marketing and Facilities Manager
Denise Magson


"I am responsible for marketing and student recruitment, and look after the building and equipment."

NCA Finance Manager

Finance Manager
Daphne Smith

"I manage the accounts, financial planning, payroll and course fees."

NCA IT Administrator

IT Administrator
David Laverick

"I look after the College’s IT needs and development."


NCA E-learning Editor

E-learning Editor
Tom Laverick

"I produce the e-learning sessions."

NCA Courses Administrator

Courses Administrator
Linda Johnson

"I provide the administration for the courses and organise your clinic days."

NCA College Administrator

College Administrator
Marie Clarkson

"I provide the administration for the College."

NCA Reception Team Leader

Reception Team Leader
Michelle Bowie

"I run the teaching clinic reception."


NCA Clinic Receptionist

Viv Chamberlain-Kidd

"I am a clinic receptionist."

NCA Clinic Receptionist

Adele Dyson

"I am a clinic receptionist."

NCA Clinic Receptionist

Jade Richards

"I am a clinic receptionist."

NCA Librarian and Receptionist

Librarian and receptionist
Cath Mortimer

"I am the College librarian and a learning support tutor. I also work on reception."


Board of Trustees

Nicholas Haines MBAcC MRCHM (Chair), Hugh MacPherson PhD MBAcC, David Lipman MA, Graham Webb HonFISMM, Lance Kearon PGDipAc PGDipPsych MHGI, Jenni Flanders MSc, David Jay.