Kay Calver

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I work at the University of Northampton as a Senior Lecturer in Education, Children and Young People. I am Programme Leader for Childhood and Youth and am a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Research Interests

My research interests include youth transitions, inequality and the concept of fateful moments and critical turning points. I have published in the field of education and sociology, for example, the educational experiences of pregnant and mothering young women, methodological approaches for conducting research with children, children’s experiences of poverty and how children understand sexuality and the impact of sexualisation. I have also conducted research in the field of higher education, in particular, supporting students’ transitional experiences and the use of digital technology in assessment and feedback.

Teaching Interests

I coordinate and teach a number of undergraduate modules including:

• Introduction to Childhood and Youth (Level 4)
• Development, Health and Learning (Level 4)
• Research Methods (Level 5)
• Transitions for Children, Young People and Families (Level 5)
• Dissertation (Level 6)


I am currently supervising Hadiza Azi's doctorate who is exploring:

The Impact of Culture on Maternal Health Service Utilization among Women of Reproductive Age (15-49) years In Bauchi State, North Eastern Nigeria: An Ethnographic Approach

External Roles

I am currently an external examiner at three institutions.

October 2018 – Present, Edge Hill University, BA (Hons) Working with Children 5-11

October 2018 – Present, Grimsby Institute, FdA Children, Young People and Families

September 2020 - Present, Truro and Penwith College, FdA Childhood Education and BA (Hons) Education and Training


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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