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Dr Kay Heslop

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Kay has worked with people of all ages in her roles as Early Years Professional, Teacher, Youth Leader and Police Officer over the past 35 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 Director of Education (CPD) and Programme Leader at the University of Northumbria (Newcastle) where she leads part-time programmes for work-based learners.

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.




Kay Heslop

Campus Address

Manor House
Coach Lane Campus West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Home(pre)schoolers United: The power of peer support during a pandemic: Working parents and grandparents in academia, Grimshaw, L., Meredith, C., Mulholland, K., Heslop, K., Park, V., Allan, J., Duncan, J. 24 Jun 2021, Motherhood and Work
  • Investigating the impact of a specialist CPD training programme for Teaching Assistants, related to supporting children with English as an Additional Language, Clifford Swan, J., Heslop, K., Ranson, F. 1 Jun 2021, In: Work Based Learning e-Journal International
  • Learning Across the Generations, Heslop, K. 5 Nov 2021
  • Let's Go on an Adventure... Embracing and Implementing Intergenerational Learning., Heslop, K. 19 Feb 2021, Early Careers in Education , Bingley, Emerald
  • Shared experience, Heslop, K. 2 Apr 2021, In: Early Years Educator
  • Unconscious Bias in the Early Years, Shimwell, J., Davenport, C., Heslop, K. Jul 2021
  • 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, Heslop, K. 17 Feb 2020
  • Intergenerational engagement: A participatory action research study investigating the inclusion of older adults in the lives of young children, Heslop, K. 21 Feb 2019, Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education , London, Bloomsbury
  • What is the impact of university work-based learning for early year's practitioners in Norway and England?: Examples of processes, outcomes and impact from the undertaking of work-based projects , Furu, A., Heslop, K., Kaarby, K., Lindboe, I., Mpofu-Currie, L., Atkins, L. 1 Feb 2018, In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Visiting an external academic institution: Highlands College, Jersey 2021
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Hull 2021
  • Oral presentation: Intergenerational Learning and Challenge in Informal Places 2020
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Hull 2020
  • Invited talk: Collaborative Research with Employers / Employees 2019
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: NERA Conference 2018 2018
  • Invited talk: Kindergarten In Context 2018
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: UALL Universities Association for Lifelong Learning 2017


  • Education EdD February 10 2020
  • PGCert June 30 2009
  • Education MA November 07 2006
  • BPhil July 13 2002
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA 2020
  • Professional Affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching 2017
  • Fellow of Society for Education and Training FSET 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Fellow (FIfL) Institute for Learning (IFL) 2011
  • Life Member Early Education 2009
  • Qualified Teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector QTLS 2009
  • Early Years Professional Status EYPS 2007

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