Kate is the strategic lead on research relating to learning and engagement practice at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She has a particular interest in collaborative action research and its potential to stimulate change and improve practice which we have been exploring through the Nursery in Residence, Lines of Enquiry and It’s Our Museum Too projects. Kate leads the Inspire teacher training programme which encourages creative teaching and learning using objects and images.
Kate holds a PhD in the Development of Visual Literacy in Young Children, and a BEd in Art and Early Years Education, both from the University of Cambridge. She is on the council of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), and is East Area rep and council member for engage, the advocacy organisation for gallery education. She is a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). She has contributed chapters to books on multi-modal literacy in children and worked as a researcher for Tate’s Young Cultural Creators Project. More recently she has led learning research and evaluation projects on behalf of the University of Cambridge Museums including the AHRC follow-on funded Practical Evaluation Project. Kate was runner-up in the Early Career Researcher Category of the 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Impact and Engagement at the University of Cambridge.