Katy Bunning

Katy Bunning 10-7-15

Lecturer in Museum Studies

Director of Learning and Teaching


klg22@le.ac.uk @katybunning

+44 (0) 116 252 5723


Katy is Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Museum Studies with responsibility for academic quality across all of the School's programmes. Katy is the School's Senior Tutor, and teaches across the campus and flexible learning programmes. As a Lecturer, Katy is responsible for teaching on museum histories, institutional racism and socially engaged practice.

Career History

Katy completed an undergraduate degree in American Studies from 1998-2001. During time spend at the University of New Mexico, she developed an interest in addressing issues of racial bias in the context of museums and heritage sites. Following voluntary roles at the Wilberforce House Museum in Hull, the (now closed) British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, and a year of postgraduate study in Museum Studies at Leicester, Katy was appointed as a temporary Research Assistant to support developments in the School’s distance learning programmes, and began a part-time PhD.

During more recent years, Katy played a role in developing the 'Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum', the first MOOC in museum studies, with FutureLearn. She co-led the design and delivery of Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries, an innovative flexible learning Masters level programme focusing on the roles and responsibilities of museums in addressing social issues and supporting movements for justice and change. In 2015-6, she worked closely with colleagues Professor Richard Sandell and Robin Clarke to set up and run a positive action scholarship scheme. She also supported the School to undertake research and develop new initiatives for the 'Increasing Diversity' project, supported by AdvanceHE (formerly the Equalities Challenge Unit). The project seeks to address the underrepresentation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students in the School's cohorts and better understand the experiences of BME graduates in the workplace. In 2017 she was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Museum Studies.


Katy is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a special interest in supporting equality and accessibility through curriculum design. Katy is involved in teaching and supervision across the campus-based and flexible learning programmes, and leads the module ‘The Museum and Change’ on the Museum Studies programme. She lectures on museums, race, rights movements, and the role of culturally specific approaches. She also leads the 'Developing Socially Engaged Practice' virtual placement module on the Socially Engaged Practice programme. Katy is currently the Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Museum Studies, and oversees the personal tutoring system as Senior Tutor.

Research Interests


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