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Sarah Tudor

Director of Employer Partnerships & Associate Professor in Work-Based Education and Skills,
Staffordshire University

Sarah is the Director of Employer Partnerships and Associate Professor in Work-Based Education and Skills at Staffordshire University. She leads the University’s business and economic engagement with particular emphasis on enterprise, graduate employability, workplace skills and alumni relations. Alongside her experience in employer engagement and work-based learning, Sarah has extensive knowledge of higher and degree apprenticeship policy and practice. Under her leadership, Staffordshire University was one of the first movers in the delivery of apprenticeships market and now delivers multiple apprenticeship standards across all of the university's academic schools. Sarah has recently been conferred with an Associate Professorship in Work-Based Education and Skills in recognition of her research and knowledge exchange practice, specifically relating to degree and higher apprenticeships and her contribution to the development of knowledge for a wide range of stakeholders including lobby organisations, government departments and agencies.  Sarah has also Guest Edited a special apprenticeship edition of the Journal of Higher Education, Skills and Work-based learning to support sharing of good practice across the sector. Sarah's co-leadership of a group of 114 universities through two years of complex negotiations with government departments has led to the development of a first-of-its-kind, masters-level apprenticeship specifically to meet the needs of higher education. In addition to her role at Staffordshire University, she is a member the Strategic Development Network’s Reference Group, is a UVAC Board Member and Non-Exec Director of a private training provider.

Join sector leaders as they share leading examples and practical insights in ensuring excellence and delivering quality in the development of higher and degree apprenticeship schemes

  • Sharing insights and the challenges of establishing a successful contract between a provider, employer or subcontractor and ensuring key performance indicators are delivered upon
  • Understanding how sector leading providers developed their costing and pricing strategies in collaboration with employers
  • Evaluating how a provider can ensure financial accountability and the effective delivery of a funding model across a scheme
  • Monitoring and reviewing student progression through an apprenticeship programme through successful evidencing up to the end point assessment
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance in the establishment of a course in line with the Apprenticeship Performance and Management Rules