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Sarah Speight

Professor of Higher Education, Academic Director of the Transforming Teaching Programme, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Sarah Speight is Professor of Higher Education and the University of Nottingham's Academic Director of Online Learning. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and both a National Teaching Fellow (awarded 2013) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academys . Sarah is the recipient of a University of Nottingham Lord Dearing Award for excellence in learning and teaching (2006) and a Lord Dearing Fellowship (2011). In September 2010 she was appointed Academic Director of the Nottingham Advantage Award, the University's initiative to support Undergraduate students develop their life and work skills (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Careers/Students/AdvantageAward/Index.aspx).

Sarah is a member of the Centre for Research in Higher, Adult and Vocational Education (HAVE). She has research interests in the areas of employability and sustainability, particularly as these relate to curriculum and pedagogy. Her current research focuses on two areas; the relationship of employability to academic learning within higher education curricula, and sustainability as a dimension of pedagogy and practice in academic programmes.

Sarah served five years as Archaeology editor of Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire (the county's archaeological and historical journal) and three years on the advisory panel of the Archaeology Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy. She is a doctoral studentship assessor for the Higher Education Academy, an advisor for the HEA's Green Academy change programme and a member of the expert panel working with the QAA to develop guidance on the integration of Education for Sustainable Development into academic programmes and pedagogy.

Expertise Summary

Sarah's expertise lies in the areas of employability and sustainability within higher education policy, curriculum and pedagogy. In addition, she is leader of the University of Nottingham's first MOOC - Massive Open Online Course - called 'Sustainability, Society and You'.

Research Summary

Sarah is a member of the School of Education's centre for research into Higher, Adult and Vocational Education (HAVE). Her interests lie in higher education curriculum and pedagogy with a focus at… read more

Sarah is a member of the Centre for Research in Higher, Adult and Vocational Education. Her research supervision areas include:

  • education for sustainable development
  • adult and lifelong education
  • higher education pedagogy (particularly online pedagogies and assessment)
  • employability in the higher education context
  • historical perspectives on lifelong learning and education

Research proposals: please email Sarah if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic.

Current Research

Sarah is a member of the School of Education's centre for research into Higher, Adult and Vocational Education (HAVE). Her interests lie in higher education curriculum and pedagogy with a focus at undergraduate level.

Recent research projects are focused upon employability and sustainability, how these themes/concepts are understood by higher education stakeholders, and how they can be integrated into the curriculum. Small-scale projects have explored staff and student views of employability across academic disciplines and campuses of the University of Nottingham, and student leaders' engagement with sustainability. Sarah's current work is taking forward a JISC-funded project (PARiS - Promoting Academic Resources in Society) which has produced a range of e-books on Sustainability and Business, Geography, Engineering and Arts and Humanities. Sarah is currently leading an initiative to further develop these resources as structured learning opportunities that facilitate engagement across disciplines and across spaces. Sarah is interested in supervising students working on employability and graduate attributes in higher education, or upon education for sustainable development.

Past Research

Previous research has focused upon adult education within the higher education sector and has explored the development of academic disciplines within adult education, and the impact of policy change upon adult education provision.

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