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.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy

British Sociological Association

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


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

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 


Chair of Learning Technologies Management Group (LTMG)

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

  1. Libri

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

  2. Vice Chair and External Liaison

    Activity: External academic engagementContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  3. Principal Fellowship

    Activity: AwardsFellowship awarded competitively

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