Kay was seconded to the HEA in 2015 as a Consultant in Academic Practice before being appointed as Academic Lead for STEM in January 2016. Prior to joining the HEA, she was Subject Partnership Manager (SPM) at Ulster University where she managed partnerships with external Further and Higher Education institutions at Access, Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level both within the UK and internationally. Her teaching philosophy has been to challenge and empower students to take ownership of their own learning, and her pedagogic research activity has primarily focused on the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching and problem-based learning. She has been a member of the steering committee of the Irish problem-based learning SIG since 2011 and was appointed chair in 2014. She was awarded the Ulster Distinguished Teaching Fellowship Award in 2001, 2012 (commendation) and 2014. She was appointed chair of the Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committee (REC), Northern Ireland in 2013.