Sarah Misra

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Sarah gained QTS in 1996 and worked as a primary teacher for 15 years before moving into Initial Teacher Training, Sarah has enjoyed a varied career in Primary Education and worked as a teacher across all year groups in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, in a variety of schools and within Senior Management Teams. Sarah played a key role in developing clusters in the Cheshire East LEA which prepared her well for setting up and managing School Direct clusters in her present role.

From 2011-2013 she led the Foundation Subjects Team at Edge Hill University and continues to lead Foundation Subjects modules at Staffordshire University.

Sarah designed and led the PGCE at Staffordshire University for ten years and has recently joined the Undergraduate team where she leads on the foundation subjects, inclusion and contemporary issues modules. She also enjoys being part of the EdD (Doctorate in Education) and PhD Teams.

Her arts-based doctorate explored the experiences of working mothers and maternal guilt, piloting innovative and inclusive research methods culminating in an exhibition at the Tate Modern in Liverpool and a guest research opportunity at Concordia University in Montreal.

Professional memberships and activities

BERA Member

Member of the Chartered College of Teaching

Member of COHDS (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling)

Academic qualifications

2020: Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) Staffordshire Uni

2018: Doctorate in Education University of Chester

2012: Masters’ in SEN/D Education (Distinction) MMU & Edge Hill Universities

2011: The Dyslexia Award MMU

2010: National Award in Special Educational Needs (Distinction) MMU

1996: Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Keele University

1994: BA (Hons) History of Art & Design (2:1) Staffordshire University

1994: BA (Hons) Business Studies (2:1) Staffordshire University


Foundation subjects

Social justice

Behaviour management


Creative research methods

Students with parental responsibility

Research interests

Social justice

Gender equality

Delivery of a rich and broad quality primary curriculum

Creative and inclusive methods of qualitative research including storytelling and arts-based research


UG: Foundation subjects, Inclusion and inclusive


Phillips, L. Zavros-Orr, A, Misra, S. and Johnson, H. (2020) “: Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts” (Chapter in Henderson, L. et al eds (2020) (Re)birthing the Feminine in Academe, Palgrave-Macmillan)

Misra, S. (2019) “The Plastic Ceiling Project: Using Arts Based Research to Explore Mothers’ Pain” (International Journal of Art and Design Education)

2019, Misra, S. “Juggling Motherhood” (invited guest lecture, Edge Hill University April 2019)

2018, Misra, S. “Using Visual Methodologies to Make the Unseen, Seen” (invited guest lecture, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

2018, Misra, S. International Art Based Research Exhibition “From Mittens to Barbies” at The Tate Liverpool 12-18 March

Webster, M. & Misra, S. (2016) “Teaching the Primary Foundation Subjects” (Open University Press)

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

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