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Professor Sarah O'Hara



Sarah is currently the Pro‑Vice‑Chancellor for Education and Student Experience as well as a Professor of Geography.  She is responsible for the delivery of one of the core strategies of the University of Nottingham Strategy 2020, which places students at the heart of the University, and focuses on the personalisation of students' learning experiences and ensuring that they are active partners in their own education.

Prior to taking up her role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2011 she was an associate Dean of the University of Nottingham Graduate School and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.  As Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sarah has held a number of portfolios including Human Resources, Access and Community and Academic Planning.

Sarah studied at the Universities of Liverpool, Alberta (Canada), UNAM (Mexico) and Oxford before taking up a lectureship at the University of Sheffield in 1990.  She joined Nottingham in January 1998.  She has taught on a large number of modules ranging from Environmental Issues in the Former Soviet Union to Managing Dryland Environments but, since taking up her role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor has focused on PhD and undergraduate project supervision.  More recently, however, she delivered a Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) via FutureLearn on 'Shale Gas and Fracking: the Politics and Science' to over 9,000 students.

Over her career Sarah has acted as an advisor to the UNDP, SDC, FCO as well as the UK and EU government on a number of water related projects and environmental issues.  She currently sits on the British Geological Society (BGS) Independent Advisory Committee; is an advisor to the Shale Gas Task Force and a panel member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Celebrating Impact Prize competition. 

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