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Research Profile

Dr Wendy

Senior Lecturer in Education (ECYP)

  • Wendy Turner is a Registered Nurse for Children and Young People and People with Learning Disabilities. Taking her commitment to practice application Wendy studied and qualified as a teacher in Higher Education in order to move from the NHS to University teaching.  Wendy is a fellow of the HEA.

    With a PG Cert in Humanities (Philosophy) and a Distinction in MA Youth Justice, Wendy leads on Childhood and Youth at the University. She is currently completing her Professional Doctorate.


    Wendy joined the University of Northampton in 2002 with the School of Health as part of the Children and Young People Nursing team and also the public health team.

    Wendy led the development of the Childhood and Youth degree with the School of Education from 2007 with further development into the MA Youth and Community Work.

    As part of the RCN Steering Group for Research into Child & Adolescent Health and an active member of ENSEC Wendy has presented her work about health and children and young people nationally and internationally.

    Wendy is an elected staff Senator since 2013 for the University.

  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth: Programme Leader

    MA Youth and Community Work: Module Leader

    Teaching on the following modules:

    • Development, Health and Learning
    • Promoting the Emotional Wellbeing of Children and Young People
    • Introduction to Research (Children and Young People)
    • Young People and Offending
    • Deviance and Disaffection
    • Creative and Therapeutic Approaches to working with Children and Young People
    • Dissertation: Children and Young People
  • Wendy’s area of research interest is the coming together of health and education for young people and the impact of this for their life outcomes and social mobility. Underpinning this is her strong belief in working co-productively with children and young people: this is modelled in her way of working with University students as partners in their education.

    Wendy has other interests in young people and offending, particularly those with disabilities and other health issues.

    Lastly, Wendy has also developed an area and expertise in practice of working with children, young people and their families in palliative care at home and in specialist units.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Wendy Turner’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.