Professional Biography

Teaching Responsibilities

Lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and also the Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care


After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Social and Behavioral Studies I have since completed an MA in Social Work and an MSc in Applied Social Research (Gender Studies). I am presently writing up my PhD thesis titled ‘The interaction of corporeality, social discourses and institutions on the transition process and transsexual people’s experiences of accessing health and social care services post 2004’.  

I am a registered qualified Social Worker with a work background in children’s palliative care, family support and youth offending. I have assisted the Rugby Football League (RFL) with their transsexual and transgender inclusion policy and participated in their ‘Tackle It’ initiative tackling discrimination relating to gender, gender identity, disability, age, religion or faith and sexual orientation.

My research interests include the health and social care needs of the trans community; the corporeal body within health care systems; mixed research methods; insider/outsider research teams and trans inclusion within sport.


Conference Papers:

Kirlew, M. (2010) ‘Transsexual People’s Experiences of Accessing Health and Social Care Services Post 2004’, Paper and poster presented at the Regional Seminar for PhD Social Work Research, University of York, July 16th 2010.

Kirlew, M. (2011) ‘Trans Participation in Sport’, Paper presented at the Public and Commercial Services Union’s LGBT Seminar, Cardiff, November 5th 2011