Kathleen Houston

Senior Lecturer in Employability and Enterprise

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Media Factory, ME409

+44 (0) 1772 89 5954


Subject Areas: Employability and Career Development

Kath Houston aims to inspire students (undergraduate and postgraduate), whatever their main course of study, to plan and create their future career lives, whether through traditional graduate career paths, entrepreneurial, freelance or portfolio work patterns. Her aim is to enthuse students with curiosity and proactivity so that they know what they want in terms of career and know how to make it happen.

Social Media:

Twitter: @CareerKathHoust and @Careerhappening


Full Profile

Kath Houston is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Careers Adviser with professional and academic accreditation through a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance. She is also qualified as a university teacher through a postgraduate diploma in university teaching learning and a Masters in Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is qualified through the British Psychological Society in Psychometric Testing. She is also a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

As a teacher, she aims to design course content related to employability, enterprise and personal development that is engaging, relevant and linked to a particular subject area. Her course design and teaching approach is focused around innovatory use of resources, group activities and fresh interactive segments to get the attention of students, making learning fun and valuable. She is involved in course and module design to ensure that whatever subject a student studies, they are aware of their own employability quotient and confident and capable of seeking out and creating their own ideal future.

She is a published author of career management books including most recently, ‘How to Succeed at Assessment Centres’ published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her research has resulted in conference presentations and journal articles on online employability learning and researcher’s career development.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA, 2014

MA Education St Martins College, University of Cumbria, 2007

PG Dip in University Teaching and Learning , St Martin’s College, University of Cumbria, 2004

NLP Master Practitioner, Northern School of NLP, 2003

BPS ‘A’ certification as a qualified psychometric practitioner, 1997

PG Dip Career Guidance, University of Kent, 1996

BA English Reading University 1975


‘How to Succeed at Assessment Centres’, Kathleen Houston and Eileen Cunningham, 2015 (Palgrave Career Skills) ISBN-13: 978-1137469311

‘Surprised by success: an interim evaluation of an international career development programme’ Kathleen Houston, NICEC journal Issue 32, April 2014, ISSN 2046-1348

Postgraduate researcher employability – an analysis of reflective journaling from a careers programme, Kathleen Houston and Peter Lumsden, International Journal for Researcher Development, June 2011, Vol 2, no 1 ISSN 1759-751X

Teaching Activities

Cross university teaching on careers modules and/or through workshops

Research Activities

Postgraduate researcher career development, freelancing for graduates, career planning