Dr. Kay Sanderson

Campus Programme Coordinator, Senior Lecturer, MA Education, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, School of Health and Education

Office: Room 305, Block 16
Phone: +971 4 4331772
Fax: +971 4 3604772



  • PhD Educational Research, Lancaster University , UK
  • MBA International Management, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • PGCE Further and Adult Education, Huddersfield University, UK
  • PG Diploma, TEFL, University of ST. Martin’s, UK
  • BA (Hons.) Business and Recreational Management, Moray House Institute, Herriot Watt University, UK
  • International Diploma Life Coaching, UK Life Coaching, UK
  • European Diploma in Social Sciences, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Courses taught


  • MA Education
  • Professional Studies
  • Working and Researching in Organisations
  • Comparative Education

Research Interests


  • Academic Careers
  • Student and Academic Migration
  • Internationalism
  • Mobility and Cultural Identity
  • Early Childhood and Play
  • Parental Engagement and Academic Achievement in Children

Awards and achievements


President, Gulf Comparative Education Society, UAE, (2013-2014)

Vice President, Gulf Comparative Education Society, UAE, (2012-2013)

Innovative teacher award, HCT, Sharjah, UAE. (2004)

Outstanding Lecturer Award, OFSTED, UK Inspection team, UK (2000)

Membership of professional bodies and associations

Staff and Educational Developers in the UK – (SEDA)

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia – (HERDSA)

Gulf Comparative Education Society, RAK, UAE – (GCES)

Selected Publications

Sanderson, K. (2014). Academic Expatriation: Experiences From Within the United Arab Emirates in Tight, M and Maadad, N (Eds.), Academic Mobility: International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Volume 11, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley: UK, pp. 175-196

Sanderson, K. (2014). Academic Mobility and the Career Question: Is the move worth it?, The Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, No.4, April 2014, pp.105-113.

Sanderson, K. (2013). Bridging the Gulf: Online Learning in the UAE, in Kesner, R. M. (Ed), The Online University: Building Viable Learning Expertise for Higher Education (pp. 207-217). Illinois, Common Ground Publishing.

Sanderson, K. (2012). Academic Expatriation: and investigation into the importance of connections when entering expatriate life, http://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/conference/2012/HERDSA_2012_Sanderson.pdf