Sarah Hayes

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I have worked for Aston University since 2009, previously I was a Lecturer in the Business School at University of Worcester.  I taught Sociology for four years whilst completing my PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. I am now a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) where I am Director for the PGDip/MEd. I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA, I retain active research collaborations in LSS and I am a member of the CCISC research centre.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Sociology of Technology and anthropology of digital cultures
  • Corpus based Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of policy documents 
  • Cultural Political Economy, global higher education reform and anthropology of policy
  • Critical Pedagogy and teaching identity
  • Student-staff partnerships and a critical approach towards student engagement 


PhD Sociology, Aston University

MSc Educational Research, Lancaster University

PG Cert in Higher Education, University of Worcester

HNC in IT Management, University of Worcester

BA (Hons) Art and Design, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Teaching Activity

Programme Director for ME.d and PG Dip, CLIPP

Teaching on PG Cert for HE

Popular Culture

Technology and Social Theory 

Research Methods


Chair of Learning Technologies Management Group (LTMG)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy

British Sociological Association

Vice Chair of Heads of E-Learning Forum (HELF)

  1. The Velvet Cage of Educational Con(pro)sumption

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Postdigital Dialogue

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Who drives the drivers? Technology as ideology of global educational reform

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  1. 11th International Conference on Networked Learning 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. Parkway College, Singapore

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

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