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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Wesley Key

I have taught at the University of Lincoln since 2002, and 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 published articles on rural ageing and social exclusion, and my current research involves analysing the impact of the sharp rise in the number of people aged 90+ on the U.K.'s social welfare provision. I have presented my research to the British Society of Gerontology (2014, 2015, 2018), the British Sociological Association Annual Conference (2016), and 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

Module coordinator for Social Issues and Social Justice (Level 1) Module coordinator for Key Social Science Concepts (Level 1) Independent Study dissertation supervisor (Level 3) Personal Tutor Year Tutor 2015-18 Joint Social Policy Programme Leader 2017-18 Joint Departmental Timetabler 2018-

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