Catherine is the Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education, and a Senior Lecturer in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies. Catherine's research interests are centered around social inclusion, with a particular interest in the educational experiences and life chances of looked after children; and the development of Foundation Degrees. She is also interested in promoting self-efficacy for students from non-traditional backgrounds. In 2012, Catherine won the Student's Union Academic Vice-President Award for Excellence.
Catherine is currently working on doctoral research exploring aspirations for care-leavers. She is part of the steering group for the Aspire2Uni project which tracks and supports young people in the Black Country through secondary education and into HE.