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