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Peter Kay

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Head of School of Social Sciences

My role is Head of the School of Social Sciences. My background is largely in education. I taught Music, Performing Arts and French in schools between 1983 and 1999 reaching the level of Head of Department before moving to the University of Sunderland where I have held the posts of Senior Lecturer in Music Education, GTP co-ordinator, Principal Lecturer (Finance and Resources), Principal Lecturer International. I was appointed as Head of Department of Social Sciences in September 2013, served as Associate Dean (Student Experience) from September 2015 to August 2016 and returned as Head of School of Social Sciences in September 2016.

Teaching and supervision

I teach largely in the field of Education, focusing particularly on action research elements and curriculum development, design and delivery.  I also maintain my link with music education by providing music knowledge and training for intending primary school teachers.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests lie in teaching, engagement and learning in HE, assessment processes and theory and music / performing arts education.  Currently, I am involved in research which related to widening participation with a particular emphasis on access and foundation courses


Most of my research/publications have been related to the education field either for a school context or as evaluative/review work.

2000   Assessment in Curriculum 2000. Name Magazine, (National Association of Music Educators) issue no. 400.

2001   Montgomery, J & Kay, P (2001) GCSE Music Course Notes  St. Andrews Leckie & Leckie.

2007   Review: Extended School – A day in the life TTRB.

2008   Review: The  Role of the Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator: Secondary Headteachers' and ITT Coordinators' perspectives TTRB.

2010   Stephenson, M, Cooke, S, Kay, P (2010). 14-19 Diploma Network for Learning – Report  Manchester: TDA.

Teaching and learning in HE
Assessment theory and practice
Music/Performing Arts education

Last updated 15 June 2021

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