Cathryn Keighley

Cathryn Keighley

Associate Principal Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837 100 ext.565
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts, Lancaster University

  • PGCE, Lancaster University

  • Master of Arts, Open University

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,



Cathryn is an Associate Principle Lecturer in the Institute for Childhood and Education. Cathryn completed her degree in Educational Studies with Geography before going on to complete a PGCE in Primary Teaching then a Master of Arts in Education in 2010. Cathryn is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Before joining Leeds Trinity in 2008, Cathryn worked as a lecturer on Initial Teacher Training, Foundation Degrees, Top Up Courses and Education Studies (Early Years) programmes at Bradford College. She has also previously worked as a primary school teacher, with 20 years’ experience. During this time Cathryn was a Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 class teacher as well as being the Geography and History subject lead and library co-ordinator. When Cathryn joined Leeds Trinity University she was originally a lecturer for the Early Years modules within the Foundation Degree.


Teaching and Administration


Cathryn is the programme leader for Professional Practice. Within this programme she teaches the following modules:


  • Preparing to Teach

  • Leadership in Multi-agency Environment


Cathryn also teaches the following modules on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course:


  • Play and the Early Years Environment

  • Pedagogy, Practice, Assessments and Frameworks


Research interests

Cathryn has a specific interest and expertise in learning through play, Early Years teaching: Nursery and Reception.