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Amanda Lee

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Lecturer – Patient, Carer and Public Involvement

I am a Lecturer in Patient, Carer and Public Involvement based in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing. I am also a Student Support and Retention Research Associate in the School of Nursing conducting a Health Education England-funded retention project aimed at supporting pre-registration nursing students. 

I completed my BA (Hons) Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast, PGCE Primary Education at Northumbria University, and MSc Inequality and Society at the University of Sunderland. Throughout this, and over seven years of teaching experience of teaching across primary, secondary, and tertiary education settings, I have developed a passion for tackling educational inequalities, for both children and adult learners. I have conducted primary research into the experiences of LGBTQ+ teachers in schools in the UK. My areas of academic interest include feminism, intersectional, educational and social inequality, sex and gender, educational and social policy, and class.  

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

My current research is linked to the Health Education England 50,000 nurse initiative aiming to support the retention of undergraduate pre-registration nursing students.


My current research is linked to the Health Education England 50,000 Nurses initiative and aims to support the retention of undergraduate pre-registration nursing students. This qualitative research involves interviewing past and present students to gain insight into their experiences, understand barriers to success, and aims to improve student support and enhance retention. 

Previous research involved delving into the experiences of LGBTQ+ teachers in the UK. This focused on the decision-making process behind expressing their gender or sexual identity in school and the influence of institutional heteronormativity, level of experience, and policy.


Number of items: 5.


Lee, Matthew, Newby, Kate and Lee, Amanda (2023) Are nurses with visible tattoos subject to public stigmatisation? British Journal of Nursing. ISSN 0966-0461 (In Press)

Conference or Workshop Item

Lee, Matthew, Robinson, Gina, Clark, Liz, Lee, Amanda and Newby, Kate (2023) Innovating to enhance belonging and student mental health and wellbeing. In: Health and Wellbeing Conference: Partnerships, 15th November 2023, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Newby, Kate and Lee, Amanda (2023) How can the new Predictive Analytic Dashboard better enable us to support our students’ mental health and wellbeing? In: University of Sunderland Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference, 15 Nov 2023, University of Sunderland.

Lee, Amanda (2023) Paying It Forward: The Creation of Queer Capital. In: Queer Joy – The University of Sunderland’s 3rd Annual LGBTQI+ Multidisciplinary Research Conference, 4th July 2023, University of Sunderland - Online.

Lee, Amanda (2022) To be out, or not to be out … That is the question. Understanding the decision-making process behind LGBTQI+ teachers in the UK openly expressing their gender and sexual identity in the workplace. In: Queer Voices – The University of Sunderland’s 2nd Annual LGBTQI+ Multidisciplinary Research Conference, 21st June 2022, University of Sunderland - Online.

This list was generated on Fri Dec 1 04:20:39 2023 GMT.
  • Research skills
  • Data analysis
  • Educational inequality
  • Social inequality
  • Sex and gender
  • Educational policy
  • Social policy

Last updated 23 October 2023