Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Professor of Art & Design Education
Sarah joined UCA as Head of School for Further Education in 2017, delighted to accept this position as she could utilise her knowledge and skills of Further and Higher Education within a creative university.
Sarah lived in Farnham until the age of 13 before moving to Somerset with her family. Following A Levels, she studied a Foundation Diploma at Yeovil School of Art, and gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from UCA (previously Kent Institute of Art and Design).
Sarah worked as a Graphic Designer in Bath for four years to gain experience before going into teaching. She taught Graphic Design at Strode College (Ofsted ‘Outstanding’) in Somerset for 13 years, progressing from part-time lecturer to Deputy Head of Team, Creative Arts. During this time, she gained a PGCE and a Diploma in Management.
In 2007, Sarah was appointed as Head of Faculty of Creative Arts at Weston College, leading the faculty to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection in 2014; obtained the Creative Skillset ‘Tick’ in 2015 for Further Education; achieved ‘Commended’ for the quality of student learning opportunities in the Higher Education Review in 2016; oversaw the student who won ‘Designer of the Year’ at New Designers in 2016 and attained TEF ‘Gold'.
Sarah has an MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the Open University and is committed to inclusive and outstanding education that celebrates diversity.