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About Wesley Key

I have taught in the school since 2002, and on the Social Work BA at Nottingham Trent University during 2006-7. My PhD thesis applied the concept of social exclusion to older people who live in rural communities, focusing upon people aged 75+ living in rural Lincolnshire. I have since had articles on Ageing and Social Exclusion published in ‘Sociology Review’ (2012, 2016), and a chapter entitled ‘‘Ageing in rural communities: from idyll to exclusion?” published in “Understanding Rurality” in 2013. My current research is on the “Oldest Old” (people aged 85+). Papers of mine on this topic were presented to the 2014 and 2015 Conferences of the British Society of Gerontology, and I presented papers on Activities of Daily Living in later life at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference in 2016, and at the Social Policy Association Conference 2017. Beyond academia, I have worked as a Housing Benefits Officer, and as a volunteer Welfare Rights Officer for Age UK, claiming disability-related & means-tested benefits for over 300 older people.

Department Responsibilities

First and second year undergraduate seminar tutor and lecturer. Module coordinator for Social Issues and Social Justice (Level 1). Personal Tutor. Year Tutor for Level 1. Joint Social Policy Programme Leader 2017-18 Joint Departmental Timetabler

Subject Specialism

Social Policy, Social Gerontology


  • PGCE (Higher Education) - Masters Level — 2012
  • PhD Social Policy — 2006
  • MA Social Policy — 2001
  • BA Social Policy — 1999


  • University of Lincoln Feedback award - Highly Commended — University of Lincoln Students’ Union,
  • PhD Studentship — University of Lincoln,

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow