Deputy Vice Chancellor
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Sarah joined the University in February 2015. Her main areas of responsibility are strategic leadership of the University’s academic development and the strategic growth of the research agenda. She is also responsible for line management of the University’s Heads of Institutes and other senior staff.
Sarah’s previous posts have most recently included Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and prior to that Dean of the School of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich.
In 2011 Sarah was appointed a National Teaching Fellow for her inspirational teaching. She is passionate about the positive, transformative power of higher education, and ensuring that all students aspire to and succeed in reaching their highest potential. She has a particular interest in legal education and has presented at national conferences on issues surrounding its development.
She has worked extensively with employers to develop employability opportunities for law students and to integrate employability skills into the academic curriculum. Her research interests include land law and the law of trusts and women’s legal history, and her publications include both academic and practitioner journals and textbooks.
After graduating in English from the University of Cambridge, Sarah qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in the City of London. After a further degree in Law she retrained and practised as a barrister, completing pupillage with the Treasury Solicitor.
From 2009-2015,Sarah held a public appointment as an Independent Assessor for Complaints and Appeals in respect of the Student Loans Company, appointed by the Minister of State for Universities and Science. Sarah is a disciplinary and conduct panel member of Sport England. She has also previously served as a legal panel adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She is an accredited mediator in commercial and workplace disputes. Sarah has recently been appointed as a Justice of the Peace.