Sue Lea


Senior Lecturer
Faculty Lead Learning Enhancement and Student Experience

Following extensive experience as a community worker with a rights-based and inclusion focus, Sue returned to study as a mature student in her late 30’s and graduated with a First Class Hons Degree in Social Policy with Community Work. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and having achieved a Masters in Education, she is now undertaking a professional doctorate in Education (EdD) at Exeter University which focusses on widening participation in HE. 

Before entering HE, Sue had senior managerial responsibilities in both the public and private sectors. She also has extensive experience as Director of a diverse range of charitable organisations and has served on a range of both community and strategic partnerships.  This extensive experience and insight into both top-down and bottom-up practice,  is now brought into her educational relationships with undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in developing professional attributes for early years, teaching and youth and community education.  Sue has an eclectic publication record which includes: academic literacies, educational inclusion, anti-oppressive educational relationships and critical explorations of what counts as leadership in education. The unifying theme of her work is an exploration of how emancipatory and inclusionary practice can be developed by empowered and informed professionals.     

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