Sarah Shelton


Institute of Education

I started working at Staffordshire University in 2017 and previously was the course lead for both the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and the HND Advanced Practice Working with Families (Education) at a further education college.  Before this I worked in an early childhood education and care setting and volunteered with Girlguiding UK for over 20 years. 

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of the HEA

BERA (British Education Research Association)

Academic qualifications

Current study - Professional Doctorate in Education

MA Early Childhood Education – The University of Sheffield

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies – Oxford Brookes University

HND Advanced Practice Working with Children & Families (Ed) – Solihull College

PTLLS – Solihull College

CET – Solihull College

DET – Solihull College


Children on the margins of society


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Research interests

Hidden children and parental incarceration


History and Philosophy
Becoming a Confident and Competent Educational Professional
Supporting Learning and Inclusion
Working with Babies

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