Staff profile

Sarah Barley-McMullen

Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer LGBT+Allies Staff Network Chair (an EDI Sub Group) Change Champion


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer for BA(Hons) Youth Work and Community Development (inc. JNC and ESB) and the  BA(Hons) Working with Young People and Communities (inc. JNC)
Passionate about Inter-profesisonal Youth Work and community development
LGBT+Allies Staff Network Chair - passionate about addressing the challenges of being human through inclusion and equlaity, locally, regionally and nationally.
Change Champion for the University of Derby - actively being and influencing change, instead of just watching it happen.
External Examiner for:
Bishop Grosseteste University
Uninversity of Starfshire and
Newman University

Teaching responsibilities


Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer

Foundation year link tutor

Module Leader for:

I am the lead on Social Pedagogy within Social and Community Studies


Professional interests

I am passionate about inclusive practice, the development and sustainability of Youth Work and Community Development practice.

I am a change champion within the University and an active social change warrior within my communities of practice and geographical location

I am an advocate for resilience and creativity in practice.

I am an LGBT+ role model and the LGBT+Allies staff Network Chair

Prior to working at the University of Derby, I worked full-time and developed significant experience in the management and development of youth and community work delivery, youth arts work, career education and youth work in faith-based organisations. I was also a Senior Manager of Student Support Services in Further Education. I worked voluntarily with young people in a variety of community based settings.

Research interests

Youth Work as a pedagogy for social change

The inter-professional nature of Youth work

Inclusive practice and cultural change

Resilience and professional practice with young People

Social Pedagogy as a tool for developing independent learning in Higher Education

Approaches to risk and young people

Participation and informal education with young people and communities

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2008)

JNC professional membership in Youth Work

TAG - the professional Association for HE Lecturers in Youth and Commubnity Work
The Institure of Youth Work
D2N2 Youth Work Alliance (co-founder)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Stonewall Role Model



Experience in industry

University of Derby


New College Nottingham (FE)


Youth Service Experience


Voluntary Work Since 1998

Additional interests and activities

Trustee for the Belper Players Amaturer Dramatics Society

Member of Accessible Belper

Social Change Warrior!

Recent publications