Dr Sarah Woolley

Head Of Student Operations

Institute of Education

I started my professional career in a healthcare setting in 1986 qualifying as a registered Nurse in 1989. My academic journey commenced in 1998, gaining a BN (Hons) in Critical Care in 2000 and MSc Advanced Practice in 2006. Alongside this I have developed my knowledge and skills in nursing, nonmedical prescribing and advanced health assessment which allowed me to increase my scope of clinical practice and to also share that knowledge with others as I moved into the education arena at Staffordshire University. I commenced my academic career as a senior lecturer in 2008 and completed my PgCHPE in 2011.

After moving to a management role as Head of Department for Nursing I continued to develop my academic and research knowledge and skills commencing a professional doctorate in 2013. I successfully defended my thesis in December 2020. In 2021 I completed a portfolio assessment for HEA Senior Fellowship. I am currently working in the Institute of Education focusing on improving student outcomes, developing practice learning, quality enhancement of the education portfolio and improving the student experience.

Professional memberships and activities

NMC - RN, Independent/Supplementary Prescriber, Teacher

HEA - Senior Fellow 

Academic qualifications

Doctorate Professional Studies (Staffordshire University) 2020

PgCHPE (Staffordshire University) 2011

MSc Advanced Practice (Staffordshire University) 2006

BN (Hons) Critical Care (Keele University) 2000

Independent Supplementary Prescriber

ENB 136, 998


Research interests

Non-medical prescribing 

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

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

Research Excellence Framework 2021