Dr Katy Goldstraw

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Dr Katy Goldstraw is a senior lecturer in Health and Social Care. Katy teaches on the Level 4 Introduction to Context of Health and Social Care, L4 Introduction to Safeguarding and Level 5 Public Health Courses.

Katy is passionate about supporting students using creative and participatory approaches to learning.

Her PhD used participatory research methods to consider voluntary sector responses to austerity. She has worked in Higher Education and the Voluntary Sector throughout her career; writing on VCS assets, citizens voice, and anti-poverty participatory approaches. She has a particular research interest in using participatory arts-based research methods to include and empower the voices of previously unheard communities within her research.

Professional memberships and activities



Academic qualifications

BA (Hons)





Katy specialises in participatory anti-poverty research approaches.

Research interests

Katy specialises in participatory anti-poverty research approaches. 



  • Level 4 Introduction to Health and Social Care
  • L4 Introduction to Safeguarding
  • Level 5 Public Health

Postgraduate supervision

  • Master dissertations in the Health and social care and Social Welfare field.
  • PhD’s the Health and social care and Social Welfare field.


Goldstraw, K. and Beeput, A,. (2022) Participatory Approaches to Building Knowledge in L. Tilly, (Ed). Understanding Health and Social Care Research: Methods in Context. Routledge

Goldstraw, K. Herrington, T., Croft, T,. Skelton, D., Murrinas, D and Gratton, N. (2021) Socially Distanced Activism: Voices of Lived Experience of Poverty During COVID-19. Policy Press.

Goldstraw, K,. Diamond,J,. Chiocot, H,. Broome,.D (2021) Lifelong Learning in Rochdale: Building Sustainable Community Voices Journal of Lifelong Learning and Community Participation

Goldstraw, K,. Macmillan, A,. Mort, H,. Pahl, K., Pool, S., Rafiq, Z., Rasool, Z (2020) Co-Producing Artistic Approaches to Social Cohesion Research for All

Goldstraw, K (2018) Using Creativity to envision a Good Society Local Economy Nov 2018

Goldstraw, K (2018) Editorial for Local Economy Special Issue on a Good Society. Local Economy Nov 2018

Goldstraw, K., Davidson,E., Packham,C. (2017) Sustainable Livelihoods Analysis as a response to the crisis in the Community and Voluntary Sector Illness Crisis and Loss

Kagan, C. Lawthom, O, Clennon, O. Fisher, J. Diamond, J. Goldstraw, K (2016) Sustainable Communities: University-Community Partnership Research on Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development Springer


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021