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School of Health and Society

Karen Kinghorn

Programme Leader/Lecturer


Karen has experience working in community settings and holds Millennium Fellowship Awards for services to the community in health and education. Karen graduated from the BSc Social Policy programme at Salford and MEd in Professional Practice in Higher Education. Her research with colleagues includes carers and the barriers to employment, plus an evaluation of the Bare Essentials Project which examines fuel, food and housing.


  • Programme Leader for BSc Social Policy
  • Teaching on Health Wellbeing and Social Policy, Introduction to Social Policy, Health & Social Care Policies, Disability Studies; Critical Perspectives, Housing Policy & Society

Teaching interests:

  • social care
  • social security - cash transfers
  • education

Research Interests

  • Carers and Employment

Integrated Commissioning Board for Health & Wellbeing, £10,000.00. Principal Investigator: S Shaw (50%) Co-Investigator: K Kinghorn (50%).

  • Evaluation of impact of the bare essentials project

Bond Board, £3,000.00. Principal Investigator: M Ravey (50%). Co-Investigators: K Kinghorn (25%), H Scholar (25%).

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2005: BSc Social Policy (University of Salford)
  • 2013: Fellow – PR057116 Higher Education Academy
  • 2013: Master of Education Professional Practice in Higher Education (University of Central Lancashire)


  • Social Policy Association


Coffey, M. Coufopoulos, A., & Kinghorn, K. (2013). 'Barriers to Employment for Visually Impaired Women', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 7(3), pp.171-185.

Kinghorn, K. (2013). 'Death & End of Life', in: An Introduction to Social Policy, Sage, London, UK. Kinghorn, K. (2013). 'Devolution in the UK', in: An Introduction to Social Policy, Sage, London, UK.

Scholar, H., & Kinghorn, K. (2015). 'Food, Fuel and Hope: Evaluation of the Bare Essentials project in Rochdale. ', for: Rochdale Bond Board/rochdale CAB, University of Salford, Salford , UK.

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