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Catherine Lee

Professor of Inclusive Education, PVC Dean Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University

Prof Catherine Lee MBE is Professor of Inclusive Education and Leadership and PVC Dean at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough. She has an MBE for services to equality in education and is a National Teaching Fellow. Catherine's research interests include LGBTQ+ inclusion, heteronormativity and homophobia in schools and teacher identity and well-being. Her own experiences as a teacher, published in her latest book, Pretended: Schools and Section 28 inspired the BAFTA nominated feature film, Blue Jean.

Catherine has published extensively on LGBTQ+ inclusion in education. Her research has featured in the national and international press and she has advised the DfE on LGBTQ+ equality and diversity. Catherine’s research has also featured on BBC Panorama and on BBC Radio 4s Woman's Hour.

Catherine has been nominated for a number of national awards for her work in education, including a British Diversity Award. She also featured in the LGBT Pride Power List in 2019 as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Catherine has a number of strategic governance roles in the education and charity sectors, where she uses her national profile in pursuit of inclusive education and to improve the lives of those on the margins.


  • –present
    Deputy Dean, Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2013 
    UCL Institute of Education, PhD