Staff profile

Sarah Barley-McMullen

Diversity and Inclusion Lead / Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Team / HR


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Academic Lead for Inclusion in EDIW
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, University of Starfshire, and Newman University

Teaching responsibilities


Academic Lead for Inclusion in EDIW

Senior Lecturer Social and Community Studies

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


Experience in industry

University of Derby


New College Nottingham (FE)


Youth Service Experience


Voluntary Work Since 1998

Additional interests and activities

Recent publications

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The impact of Covid-19 is leaving people with symptoms that can endure for weeks or even months. The role of occupational therapists to help understand the impact this can have on their lives will be crucial.

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Four Occupational Therapy students share how they managed to take on a role emerging placement with the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing team at the University of Derby and how they navigated this whilst working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Sarah outlines how inclusivity, diversity and acceptance play a role in everyday life both on and off campus.

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Sarah Barley-McMullen, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the University of Derby, shares what LGBT+ History Month means to her as an educator.