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 has worked as Literacies Development Worker at Stirling Council and Offender Learning Lecturer with 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.
Her PhD was a theoretical project concerned with exploring understandings of empowerment and emancipation in the context of literacy education for adults. 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 was a member of the National Strategic Forum on Adult Learning Working Group - Professional Development, which took forward the priorities set out in the Scottish Government's vision for adult learning - Adult Learning in Scotland - Statement of Ambition