Dr Catherine Lee

Head of Department for Education

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Catherine is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Education. She teaches on the MA Education course.

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Catherine has over twenty years' experience as a teacher in secondary and middle schools. Her roles in schools include teacher of English, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Assistant Headteacher. Catherine was seconded to local authority positions as a Learning and Teaching Adviser and Safeguarding Lead for Education. She joined Anglia Ruskin in 2011 as a Course Group Leader for Education.

Catherine completed a PhD in 2013 at the Institute of Education in London (UCL). The title of her thesis was:

'An Autoethnographic Enquiry into Heteronormativity in a Rural School Community'

Research interests

  • Heteronormativity and homophobia in schools
  • Teacher identity and well-being
  • Autoethnography
  • Supporting  the Student Experience

Areas of research supervision

  • Catherine is a supervisor on the MA Education and EdD courses.


Catherine teaches on the MA Education course. She is module leader for Key Issues and Themes in Education and Investigating Education through Research on the MA course.


  • PhD - Institute of Education, London (UCL)
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Anglia Ruskin University
  • MPhil    Institute of Education, London (UCL)
  • MA Education – Anglia Ruskin University
  • BEd Hons- Liverpool Polytechnic

Memberships, editorial boards

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Selected recent publications

Lee, C. (2010) 'Interrogating heteronormativity in primary schools: The No Outsiders project', Sex Education, 10: 1, 109 — 111