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Kay has worked with people of all ages in her roles as Early Years Professional, Teacher, Youth Leader and Police Officer over the past 39 years. Throughout this time, Kay has endeavoured to develop inclusive, authentic and motivational educational activities which meet personal interests and build upon current skills.

Kay’s current role is Head of Education within the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing at the University of Northumbria (Newcastle).

Kay’s doctoral research, completed at the University of Sheffield, involved Early Years Practitioners as co-researchers. Together, Kay and her co-researchers investigated the inclusion of older adults in the lives of young children in an urban Forest School Environment. In doing so they explored interactions, knowledge exchange and the benefits of such activity.




Education/Academic qualification

Education, EdD, Intergenerational Practice: A Participatory Action Research Study Investigating the Inclusion of Older Adults in the Lives of Young Children within an urban ‘Forest School’ Environment, University of Sheffield

1 Oct 201231 May 2019

Award Date: 10 Feb 2020


1 Sept 200730 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

Education, MA

1 Oct 20047 Nov 2006

Award Date: 7 Nov 2006

BPhil, Early Childhood Education

1 Sept 199913 Jul 2002

Award Date: 13 Jul 2002

External positions

University of Hull

Jan 2021

University of Hull

Mar 2020Apr 2020

University of Huddersfield

1 Sept 201831 Jul 2022

Edge Hill University

1 Jan 201512 Oct 2016


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