Kate completed her undergraduate degree in Education Studies at London Metropolitan University, followed by a Master’s degree and PhD entitled Senior female academics in the UK academy: a classed and gendered exploration of success at King’s College London. She taught modules on the MSc in Youth Studies at Birkbeck while she was studying.
Her academic publications are concerned with issues of identity and inequalities in further and higher education. In her book Women and Success: Professors in the UK academy (Trentham Books, 2012) she used life history interviews with 20 female professors to reveal the persisting inequality facing senior women working in higher education https://ioepress.co.uk/books/uncategorized/women-and-success/. In her co authored book Education and Social Mobility: Dreams of Success (IOE, Trentham Books, 2014) she and Professor Barker draw on data collected through paired interviews with 88 15-18 year olds in two secondary schools to explore their aspirations for the future https://ioepress.co.uk/books/social-justice-equality-and-human-rights/education-and-social-mobility/.
She is currently working on a small project, funded by the Froebel Trust, exploring the educational experience of a small cohort of students who attended Froebel College in the 1950s and 1960s to understand how these experiences impacted on their pedagogical beliefs, perspectives and practices.