Theory, policy and practice of further and adult education, STEM learning, adult literacy education, prison education, professional development and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Sarah became involved in adult education as a volunteer literacies tutor at Stirling Council Adult Learning Team, gaining paid work initially with the Workers Educational Association. She was Literacies Development worker at Stirling Council until commencing full time PhD Studies in 2009 with a scholarship from the Laboratory of Educational Theory at Stirling School of Education. Her PhD was a theoretical project concerned with exploring understandings of empowerment and emancipation in the context of literacy education for adults. Since gaining her PhD, Sarah was Offender Learning Lecturer at HMP Barlinnie employed by New College Lanarkshire. She also worked on the development and teaching of the new Community Education BA programme at the University of the West of Scotland.
Sarah was researcher on the European Commission funded REAL Project at Stirling University, co-developing professional learning resources for adult educators across Europe.
Sarah is an associate of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research . She is also member of the National Strategic Forum on Adult Learning Working Group - Professional Development, which takes forward the priorities set out in the Scottish Government's vision for adult learning - Adult Learning in Scotland - Statement of Ambition