Born in Stoke-on-Trent and a graduate of Staffordshire University, Sarah has over 18 years' experience in corporate learning and development and in higher education. In addition to her wealth of experience in employer engagement and work-based learning, Sarah is an expert in higher and degree apprenticeships.
She works with the Department for Education, lobbying on degree apprenticeship policy. She is a guest editor and reviewer for UVAC's Journal of HE, Skills and Work-based Learning. Committed to lifelong educational development, Sarah is also Chair of Trustees of a 14-18 high school in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Sarah joined Staffordshire University from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 as a Professional Development Advisor. She joined the 'Business Evolution' team in 2009, moving to the role of Head of Skills and Work-based Learning to manage the £1 million workforce development transition fund programme, which was shortlisted for the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative Award in the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards.
Sarah has been the elected professional support member of the Board of Governors since 2011. Sarah was appointed Director of Employer Partnerships in April 2017 to drive forward the University's business and economic engagement with particular emphasis on enterprise, graduate employability and workplace skills.
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