Dr Sandra Murray


Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

I rediscovered my love of learning in my late twenties and took a non-stop journey through BA (Hons) degree, MRes in Computing Science, PGCE and Doctorate in Education.

Along this journey, I have taught in Further and Higher Education and supported the growth of teachers to become a highly experienced Teaching Excellence Fellow and Teacher Educator.

I am the course leader on the PGCE (Post Compulsory Education and training – PCET) and have gained professional credibility in this area, having co-written and written several books aimed at teachers in Further and Higher Education.

My research interests are teacher effectiveness and acting skills for teachers.

Come and chat to me about research, teaching or even musical theatre, but bring tea!

Professional memberships and activities

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy / Advance HE

QTLS (Qualified Teacher – Learning and Skills Sector)

Fellow of the Society for Education and Training (FSET)

Academic qualifications

Doctorate in Education (EdD) Staffordshire University 2021

MRes in Computing Science Staffordshire University 2007

PGCE (FAHE) Wolverhampton University 2002

BSc (Hons) Degree Open University 2001


Teacher effectiveness

Further Education

Research interests

Teacher Effectiveness

Acting skills for teachers


PGCE (Post Compulsory Education and Training)

EdD and PhD Supervisor


The Complete Guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training 2021

1st Ed (2013); 2nd Ed (2015); 3rd Ed

(With Machin, Hindmarch & Richardson) Critical Publishing

A Concise Guide to Lecturing in Higher Education and the Academic Professional Apprenticeship 2020

(With Hindmarch, Machin, Richardson & Walmsley-Smith

The Complete Guide to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training 2020

1st Ed (2014); 2nd Ed (2016); 3rd Ed

(With Machin, Hindmarch & Richardson) Critical Publishing

British Educational Research Association (BERA) : Research Intelligence: Reflections from an ECR 2019

A Concise Guide to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training 2016

(With Machin, Hindmarch, Richardson & Hall) Critical Publishing

The Minimum Core for ICT – Audit and Test 2009

Learning Matters

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021