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Sara Hattersley

Associate Professor

BA Hons (York); MA Post-compulsory Education (Nottingham); PGA TEL (Warwick); SFHEA.

Contact Details

Academic Development Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW | Find us on the interactive map
email: S dot Hattersley at warwick dot ac dot uk
external tel: 024765 73568 | internal ext: 75761


Sara has over twenty years of teaching and teacher education experience, starting her career in Further and Adult Education, spending 12 years in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick, as a teacher educator and e-Learning Manager, and joining the Academic Development Centre in 2015. Sara is responsible for working with PhD students who teach, primarily as course leader on the APP PGR programme (an accredited pathway leading to Associate Fellowship, HEA) and the Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in HE.

Sara contributes to the wider work of the ADC team, leading workshops as part of the Academic Development Programme, as supporting tutor on the APP TE and mentor on the APP EXP programmes, and as well as acting as an assessor on all of the Pathways. Sara was a Foundation Fellow of WIHEA and has been an active contributor to Warwick's Extended Classroom Initiative. Sara has been nominated for a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence three times, being commended in 2010 and 2015.

Sara is External Examiner at the University of York, for the York Learning and Teaching Award (HEA, D1).


Sara's interests include innovative approaches in teaching and learning; curriculum design, particularly the integration of educational technology, flipped approaches and classroom technologies; and the potential of e-portfolios for creation and curation, and as a tool for capturing the affective elements of learning. Sara is also passionate about inclusivity, lifelong learning, an 'open' curriculum, students as curriculum designers and social justice in education. In her recent PGA TEL project, Sara explored and initiated the use of an assessment rubric for e-portfolios, co-designed with students. She is currently undertaking joint research with Dr.Jennie Mills and colleagues at the London School of Economics, exploring professional identity in HE teacher education programmes.


Hattersley. S (2014) Transforming pedagogy and experience through e-Learning in Teacher Education (Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences)

Conference Papers and presentation external to Warwick
  • GTA Developers Forum, University of Bristol 2019
    Openness in curriculum design and development in educating PhD students who teach
  • Advance HE Conference 2018
    Pathways to Fellowship: Roads less travelled (co-presented with ADC colleagues)
  • Association of Learning Technology national conference (ALT-C), University of Warwick 2016
    E-Portfolios, higher education and adult learning
  • Association of Learning Technology national conference (ALT-C), University of Manchester 2015
    i) Transforming Technologies
    ii) Technologies for Academic Practice (TAP) co-presented with Emma King, LDC
  • University Association of Lifelong Learning (UALL) Annual Conference, London 2014
    Transforming pedagogy and experience through e-learning in teacher education
  • Institute for Learning, University of Warwick 2012
    Inclusive practice and technology
  • Institute for Learning, RAF Cosgrove 2011
    Using technology for Skills for Life teaching

sara hattersley

Sara Hattersley

Sara is a Senior Academic Developer, working in the Academic Development Centre, in Senate House.

She has worked at the University for 16 years, as a teacher educator and e-learning manager in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, and now as a Senior Academic Developer in ADC.