Kay joined the University of Nottingham as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in November 2014. Prior to that she was Lecturer in Education, and course leader of the secondary English PGDipEd at the University of Birmingham (2007-2014).
Before becoming a higher education teacher and researcher Kay worked for 15 years teaching in five mixed community comprehensive schools in three local authorities. She was a teacher of English, head of English and deputy headteacher during that time.
Kay is a member of a number of research-based networks. She is an elected member of BELMAS National Council. She is co-convenor (with Drs Pontso Moorosi, Saeeda Shah, Victoria Showunmi and Joan Smith) of the BELMAS Gender and Leadership Research Interest Group. Kay is also a member of the international Women Leading Education network that covers five continents. She is a member of the International School Leadership Development Network. This network involves researchers from over 20 countries engaging in a common project and is co-sponsored by BELMAS and UCEA.
Kay is book reviews editor of Educational Review. She also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Educational Administration and History and is Associate Editor for Frontiers in Education.
In addition to published papers and books Kay has shared her research with a range of bodies including local schools and events organised by the network #WomenEd. Kay is a regional lead for the East Midlands region. Kay was interviewed recently by the Times Educational Supplement and the BBC about her research into the distribution of women secondary school headteachers in England.
Kay leads the MA Educational Leadership and Management programme. She is course leader for the campus based full-time and part-time courses and module convener for the Issues in School Leadership… read more
Kay is currently working on a number of collaborative projects.
One concerns research into women headteachers of Black and Global Majority heritage leading schools in South Africa, the United States and England (with Dr Pontso Moorosi and Dr Elizabeth Reilly). Another concerns women headteachers in Scotland, Jamaica, New Zealand and England (with Dr Dee Toorance, Dr Carmel Roofe and Dr Rachel MacNae).
Kay is PI on a BELMAS funded project Joining up Networks in Education for Women. She is working with Dr Joanne Cliffe and Vivienne Porritt.
She is also analysing data from the #WomenEd research project with Dr Jill Berry.
MOOROSI, P., FULLER, K. and REILLY, E., 2018. Leadership and intersectionality: Constructions of successful leadership among Black women school principals in three different contexts Management in Education.
Kay leads the MA Educational Leadership and Management programme. She is course leader for the campus based full-time and part-time courses and module convener for the Issues in School Leadership module. Kay is currently supervising a number of EdD and PhD research projects. She also teaches on the new BA Education programme.