PhD, MEd, BSc (Hons), RGN, RM

June qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and then the Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester. She qualified as a Registered Midwife in 1992 and was based at Arrowe Park Women’s Unit in Merseyside, working between the hospital and community. Her first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Women’s Health and Health Research from the University of Liverpool, followed by a Masters in Professional Education and then a PhD. Her PhD explored women’s disclosure of domestic violence and interactions with statutory agencies.  She has supervised several students through to PhD completion, and is regularly invited as an external examiner.

In the role of Domestic Violence co-ordinator in a large NHS teaching hospital between 2000-2004, June conducted several prevalence studies into disclosure rates of domestic violence experienced by women. She was invited to present these research findings to an Inter-Ministerial Board in Belfast in 2003. June co-convened the Violence Against Women group of the British Sociological Association between 2014 to 2016. In 2015 she was awarded Senior Fellow of the HEA. In 2016, as a panel member, she spoke at the ‘Parliament, Policy and Sustainable Development: De-Silhouetting Stilettos by 2030’. 

June joined Keele University as Professor of Women’s Health in 2019.

Research and scholarship

Prof June Keeling’s interdisciplinary research focuses on domestic violence and abuse (DVA). She has undertaken research or engaged in scholarly activities with colleagues from third sector organisations and academic institutions in a number of countries including New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria, Germany, France, Sweden, Iceland, Lithuania, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.  She has contributed to the national agenda on DVA as an invited subgroup member of taskforce on the health aspects of violence against women and girls for the Department of Health in the UK, and as co-convenor for the national Violence Against Women group of the British Sociological Association for a number of years. 

Prof Keeling has been involved in several European Commission funded projects, as HEI lead for an Erasmus Mundus project MEDical univErsities Alliance (Medea), and project co-ordinator and lead for several Erasmus +, Key Action 1:  Learning Mobility of Individuals in Public Health with partners in Georgia, Moldova and Armenia. 

From 2019 June is leading a transnational project,  Recognition and Education in Violence, Abuse and Neglect for Medical and Healthcare Practitioners (REVAMP) with colleagues in France, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Iceland and Lithuania, developing a training package for medical and healthcare practitioners to enhance their recognition and support of victims of violence and abuse. 

June leads the Women’s Health Research subgroup in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

June has supervised five PhD students to completion. She is currently supervising PhD and Professional Doctorate students. She has been an external examiner for four PhD candidates and three internal PhD/Prof Doc candidates. June welcomes enquiries from those interested in Women’s Health, family violence, health inequalities or social determinant of vulnerability in particular.

June is co-editor for a special edition in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. She is also an Editorial Board member for Illness, Crisis and Loss, Sage Journal.



June is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and was awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. June has broad and extensive experience of developing and leading BSc, Masters and Professional Doctorate programmes, and has been an invited member of external validation panel and review panels for several Universities across the UK.


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