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Dr Sue Spurr

Sue Spurr

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor - HSC
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
  • sue.spurr

Professional biography

I have a background in applied biology, education and health. I have held posts in secondary schools teaching science and maths and have been involved in higher education distance learning for over 20 years. I currently work as Lecturer and Staff Tutor within the Facutly of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies and specifically in the field of Health and Social Care. In my role as a Staff Tutor I manage Associate Lecturers teaching across a range of health and social care modules.

Research interests

My research interests include professionalisation of healthcare practitioners and also widening participation.  


Shiatsu practitioners: Forging a path through a landscape of practice (2015-12)
Spurr, Sue
European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7(6) (p 694)
Adult Lives: A Life Course Perspective (2011-11-30)
Katz, Jeanne; Peace, Sheila and Spurr, Sue eds.
ISBN : 978-1447300434 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge and Controversy (2nd Edition) (2009)
Douglas, Jenny; Earle, Sarah; Handsley, Stephen; Jones, Linda; Lloyd, Cathy E. and Spurr, Sue eds.
Published in association with The Open University
ISBN : 9781849201032 | Publisher : SAGE Publications Ltd. | Published : London
Policy and Practice in Promoting Public Health (2007)
Lloyd, Cathy; Handsley, Stephen; Douglas, Jenny; Earle, Sarah and Spurr, Sue eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4129-3073-4 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Theory and Research in Promoting Public Health (2007)
Earle, Sarah; Lloyd, Cathy; Sidell, Moyra and Spurr, Sue eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4129-3071-0. | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge and Controversy (2007)
Douglas, Jenny; Earle, Sarah; Handsley, Stephen; Lloyd, Cathy and Spurr, Sue eds.
ISBN : 1-4129-3075-8 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Understanding care, welfare and community: A reader (2002)
Bacigalupo, Vivien; Bornat, Joanna; Bytheway, Bill; Johnson, Julia and Spurr, Susan eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-25860-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Shiatsu Practitioners: Forging a Path Through a Landscape of Practice (2015)
Spurr, Susan M.
PhD thesis The Open University


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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