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Sarah Speight

Professor of Higher Education
Address: 
Room 30a Dearing Building Jubilee Campus Wollaton Road Nottingham NG8 1BB
Telephone: 
0115 846 6465
Email: 
sarah.speight@nottingham.ac.uk
PhD supervision: 
  • 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 interests: 

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.

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.

Publications: 
  • SPEIGHT, S and BOWMAN, A, 2015. INNOVATION AT THE MARGINS: THE NOTTINGHAM OPEN ONLINE COURSE In: INTED2015 Proceedings of the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, March 2nd-4th, Madrid, Spain.. 9. 6329-6339
  • SPEIGHT S.J., 2014. The Nottingham Advantage Award. In: JACKSON N AND WILLIS J, ed., Lifewide Learning and Education in Universities and Colleges Lifewide Education Community.
  • SPEIGHT S AND MORGAN W, 2014. E-LEARNING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: DRIVING FOR CHANGE WITH AN OPEN ONLINE COURSE In: Proceedings of EDULEARN14 Conference 7th-9th July 2014, Barcelona, Spain. 14. 2891-2898
  • SPEIGHT, S., LACKOVIC, N. and COOKER, L., 2013. The contested curriculum: academic learning and employability in higher education Tertiary Education and Management. 19(2), 112-126
  • SPEIGHT S, 2012. Loving Learning in Adult Education: Memories of Shakespeare Street 1922-2010. In: MARSH C, ed., Adult Education and Well-Being: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of SCUTREA Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester. 272-283
  • SPEIGHT S, LACKOVIC N AND COOKER, L, 2012. Stakeholder attitudes towards employability in a Sino-British university Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. 3(1), 26-49
  • SPEIGHT, S., 2012. 'I fell in love with this building' Adults Learning. 24(1), 32-35