Lincoln College is celebrating ten years of its popular BSc (Hons) Acupuncture and BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism degrees in 2022.
Since starting at the College a decade ago, the BSc (Hons) Acupuncture and BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism degree courses have become leading programmes in the UK, achieving high student survey results, as well as setting the bar for practice in the sector for teaching initiatives - including: student lead seminars, pre-clinical training of skills, and early engagement of clinical observation and practice.
The courses, which are validated by The Open University, are taught via a blended learning delivery. Students on the course join the theoretical lessons online and attend skills and clinical training on campus in the heart of Lincoln city centre – ensuring they have both the theory and practical skills to hit the ground running after graduation.
This blended learning approach is welcomed by the course’s predominant adult/mature learners as it reduces the time and cost of travelling, giving students the flexibility of looking after their family commitments or continuing their jobs part-time.
This delivery method has been proven to be just the right solution, and during the pandemic, the students were not majorly affected thanks to the readiness of online teaching.
During the 20 years since the programme’s initial inception, the teaching team has made great contributions to their fields.
Some of these achievements include: Paul Frank, who has published a paper on ME/CFS in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, Lianne Aquilina, who has published a book on acupuncture assisting IVF, Jason Tsai and Fanyi Meng, who have chapters in a popular book introducing Complementary Medicine, and Martin Dean, who is a leading figure in acupuncture helping infertility among the professional circles.
Fanyi Meng, Senior Lecturer in Acupuncture at Lincoln College, has also produced two textbooks: ‘Chinese Medicine Theory’ and ‘Chinese Medicine Diagnosis’ from a prestigious publisher in the traditional Chinese medicine field.
Fanyi, said: “It is great to know that we are contributing to the profession with our knowledge and having our work published increases our credibility as professionals.
“Research such as this is essential in maintaining the quality and reputation of the education that we provide.”
Amongst publishing their own work, teaching staff also help many students in publishing their student research.
Responding to the pandemic and its aftermath, Fanyi and a Lincoln College Acupuncture graduate, Kerry Webster, were among the three authors of a book on Post-Covid Syndrome and Traditional Chinese Medicine Management, which shows a great example of how the teachers are working together with students and graduates to publish work in the field.
Graduates from Lincoln College courses have since gone on to postgraduate study, employment or as independent practitioners in the UK and Ireland, as well as Australia, Canada, USA, Kenya, Oman, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Germany, Mongolia, and Vietnam.
Learn more about our Complementary Medicines courses.