Sarah Smeilus

Work Based Education Officer

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I joined the Institute of Policing in June 2021. Prior to joining Staffordshire University, I worked within secondary education as a Careers Advisor supporting students in Key Stage 3 and 4 and also post 16+ learners. I enjoyed supporting learners to progress into their desired career pathways and building strong links with local employers.

Previous to this, I spent 7 years working with West Mercia Police as a PCSO and Police Officer. I joined the force after completing my degree in Sociology and Criminology at Leeds Metropolitan University graduating with a 1st Class BA Honours. I enjoyed my years with West Mercia Police Force and was able to undertake specialised training including becoming a Specially Trained Officer supporting victims of rape and sexual assault.

Academic qualifications

Sociology and Criminology BA (Hons) - First Class - Leeds Metropolitan University

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020