Staff profile

Dr Jill Bunce

Senior Lecturer MA Dance Movement Therapy


Therapeutic Arts


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I founded the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in 2007 and it has gone from strength to strength and now we have thirty one students . Our graduates are working in family therapy and working with children with emotional difficulties, learning difficulties, disabilities and autistc spectrum disorders and also adults with disabilities such as neurological progressive illness, mental health issues and emotional issues.

I am also the link person for UKCP and the college of HIPC which is a part of UKCP.

The ex students now work in Hong Kong, Europe and  in the UK. I enjoy working with students and ex students and seeing them grow and develop as professionals.

I am in the process of developing a research project for Parkinson's Disease and developing links with Australia and Hong Kong.

I still enjoy working in DMP and seeing how it has developed as a profession. 

I enjoy designing gardens and being with my family and friends and seeing the dance in all things.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on  the course for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, this involves me in developing community projects for placement, interaction with placement managers and developing the skills of other professionals. I am responsible for the teaching methods and delivery of the course and the design of the course to professional standards of ADMP (the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists). I led the Programme from 2007 until January 2019.

Professional interests

Research interests

Working with patients with progressive neurological illness: Particularly Parkinson's Disease, Eating disorders and body image.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of ADMP, UKCP and i am a teaching fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Undergraduate Qualifications 

Postgraduate Qualifications

Research Qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I ran three therapeutic holidays for the Parkinson's Society.

Research Posts 

Current Activities / Links with Industry 

International experience

I have lectured widely and attended conferences in Russia, Finland, Spain, Greece ,USA, Bucharest, Warsaw, Australia and Hong Kong.

Additional interests and activities

My latest news is that  I will develop more resarch for Parkinson's Disease and I really enjoy assisting with the Independent  Study as a Performance Module and as a Body of Work

I also enjoy:

Recent publications