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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
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
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
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


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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