Accessibility statement

Liz Wands-Murray
Research Associate



Liz has a 16 year background working in Social Care including service delivery and management, change project management, social care funding and assessment, social and health care regulation and social care design having worked for the NHS, Local Authorities, and the Health & Social Care Regulator on projects such as Self Directed Support, social care delivery in secure settings and person-centred approaches to social care delivery.

Liz spent 5 years working in the department of Health Sciences managing quality assurance and governance, particularly related to PSRB (Professional, statutory & regulatory bodies) requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Nursing & Midwifery Programmes.

While in Health Sciences Liz co-chaired the EDI Committee in the department and was involved in leading projects including a Reverse Mentoring Scheme, Line Management Toolkit, a Health & Wellbeing for staff initiative, development of an Accessibility Pod for staff, a Service User & Carer Forum and inclusive recruitment practices.

She is a University Equality Champion and a core member of the steering group for the Rainbow Alliance (the UoY staff LGBT+ Network).

Liz is also on the Board of Directors for a York based Community Interest Company called QueerArts which strives to provide inclusive and accessible ways for the local LGBT+ community and allies to engage with creative activities and opportunities.



Liz has particular research interests in social care for marginalised groups, regulation and quality assurance, social care accessibility, equality and inclusion for all, social care assessment and frameworks for delivery of personalised care and engaging people in research and evidence based practice.

Liz is currently working on the Curiosity Partnership, a project to build research capacity within social care workforce & teams, working collaboratively with multiple Local Authorities and social care teams to develop an Academy and communities of practice.

Liz started a PhD in January 2020 (finishing mid 2023) looking at the Inclusivity of Social Care for Older LGBT+ Adults. Findings from the study have been presented at multiple conferences. This research is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

Liz is also on the advisory board for the LOASCA project and a project to develop verbatim performances by older LGBT+ people about their experiences of social care designed for the social care workforce.

Contact details

Liz Wands-Murray
Research Associate
School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
YO10 5ZF

Office hours

37 hours per week from 1 July 2023