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 Head of our Department for Education. She has more than 20 years' experience as a teacher in secondary and middle schools.

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In schools, Catherine's roles 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 and became Head of Department for Education in 2015.

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 EdD and PhD and would be pleased to supervise students with interests in:

  • Homophobia and heteronormativity 
  • Autoethnography 
  • SEN-D 
  • Teacher well-being 
  • Safeguarding 
  • Inclusion in schools


  • 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., 2017. Heteronormativity in a Rural School Community: An Autoethnography. Sense Publications.

Lee, C., 2010. Interrogating heteronormativity in primary schools: The No Outsiders project. Sex Education, 10(1), pp109-111.

Recent presentations and conferences

Duvivier, R; Lee, C ; Walkling, J., 2015. An Emerging Paradigm: Professional Preparation in Student Affairs in Higher Education in the United Kingdom. Paper Presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) National Convention, 7 March 2015, Tampa, Florida.

Lee, C., 2017. Heteronormativity in a Rural School Community. Paper presented at the DfE Courageous Leaders Conference, 4 May 2017, Essex, UK.