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Dr Kay Heslop

Assistant Professor

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 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.




Kay Heslop

Campus Address

Manor House
Coach Lane Campus West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Knowledge Exchange Framework and Levelling Up: understanding the importance of engagement for students and employers, Heslop, K., Meller, S., Johnson, M. 9 Feb 2024, How to ensure the employability of a university graduate, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • How can academics remove barriers for the most excluded? A call for advocacy from lived experience in the UK and Ireland, Efemini, C., Forster, N., Gallagher, M., Hardill, I., Heslop, K., Littlefair, D., Marsden, N., Meller, S., Toyne, A., O’Tuama, S., Johnson, M. 16 Nov 2023, In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
  • 'Water is Everywhere', Heslop, K. 16 May 2022
  • 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 Group Publishing Ltd
  • 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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: Born4Life: creating meaningful, authentic, and sustainable intergenerational relationships. 2023
  • Invited talk: Born4Life: creating meaningful, authentic, and sustainable intergenerational relationships. 2023
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Hull 2023
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Intergenerational Creativity Conference 2023
  • Invited talk: Intergenerational Project 2023
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: The Relationships Project Conference 2022
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Northumberland Early Years Conference 2022
  • 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' in BERA's Within and Beyond the mainstream: realising alternative possibilities across educational stages 15/09/20 → 15/09/20 2020

  • 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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