Sarah Barley- McMullen

Position: Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Social and Community Studies

Subject area: Social and Community Studies

Research Centre: Centre for Society, Religion and Belief

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Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer
BA(Hons) Working with Young People and Communities (inc. JNC)
BSc Child and Family Health and Well-Being
MA Social Work

Module Lead Social Pedagogy
College Lead Joint Honours

Teaching responsibilities

Sarah is Programme Lead and Part Time Co-ordinator for the BA(Hons) Working with Young People and Communities

 Sarah is module Leader for:

* Professional Practice at Stage 3,

* Community Learning at Stage 2

Sarah is the lead on Social Pedagogy within the Social and Community Studies, as well as the Joint Honours Lead for the College of Health and Social Care.


Sarah can be contacted on or 01332 594011 and her room number is BM303

Professional interests

Sarah McMullen is full-time and has 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. Sarah was also a Senior Manager of Student Support Services in Further Education. She continues to work voluntarily with young people in a variety of settings.

The development and sustainability of youth work practice.

Resilience in practice




Research interests

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

  • Developing a Resilience Perspective for trainee Youth Work Practitioners. Doctor of Education (EdD) Research. (Jan 2013 – on-going)
  • Co-facilitator of the Resilience in Practice Research Cluster Group, University of Derby (June 2012 – on-going).
  • Member  of the iCeGs and Bill Law’s Narratives of  Young People’s Lives research group  (September 200 - June 2011)
  • Member of the CYPS FdA research team: investigating the impact of Every Child Matters on Practioners working with Early Years and Young People  (June 2008 – July 2009)
  • Member of  the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the University of Nottingham’s ‘Mapping Youth Exclusion in the East Midlands’ Advisory Group (Jan 2006-July2007)
  • MA - Young Learners at Risk – What are the Drivers that Keep them in Education (Jan 2004 – May 2005)

Membership of professional bodies

Sarah is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2008)

Sarah also hold the JNC professional Award in Youth Work


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Practice (2016)
  • Doctor of Education (January 2011 – on hold)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (January 2008)
  • Post Graduate Programme in Learning and Teaching (PGPLT) University of Derby (December 2007).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Guidance – Nottingham Trent University and Connexions Nottinghamshire (May 2006).
  • MA Educational Leadership – University of Nottingham (May 2005).
  • Certificate in Group Work Skills and Strategies – NCFE (July 1998).
  • BA (Hons) Applied Community and Youth Studies - University of Derby (June 1994)
  • South East Derbyshire College (A'levels and Performing Arts PCVE) (1987 – 1990)
  • Michael House (Rudolf Steiner) School (GCSEs) (1976 – 1987)

Recent publications

  • Author, Chapter 5: Children, Young People and Risk: Just about Managing? in Brownhill, S.P. (2013) Empowering the 0-19 Workforce. London: Routledge

Experience in industry


University of Derby

  • Programme Leader Working with Young People and Communities (inc. JNC.) ( July 2016 - )
  • External Examiner, University of Stafford (September 2015 -)
  • External Examiner, Bishop Grossteste, Lincoln (September 2015 -)
  • Social Pedagogy Lead for the Department of Social and Community Studies
  • Joint Honours Lead for the College of HSC (May 2015 -)
  • Member of the Disability Studies Prize Group. University of West England (August 2011 – on-going).
  • Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Applied Community and Youth Work (2009 – on-going).
  • External Examiner, University of Chester ( September 2007- September 2012)
  • Guidance and Young People Pathway Leader - Children and Young People’s Services FdA (April 2007 – June 2012)
  • Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Community and Youth Studies (Jan 2006 -  2009)
  • P/T sessional Lecturer University of Derby (Nov - Dec 2005)


New College Nottingham (FE)

  • Operations Manager, Student Support Services (2003-2005)
  • Student Development Team Leader (2000-2003)
  • F/T Youth Work Co-ordinator (1997-2000)

Youth Service Experience

  • Youth Music Specialist (LIC), Derbyshire County Council Youth Service (1997 - 2003)
  • Acorn Initiative LIC, Nottinghamshire County Council Youth Service and West Nottinghamshire College Youth Worker (F/T) (1995-97)
  • Youth Music Specialist (P/T) Nottinghamshire County Council Youth Service (1994-98)
  • Youth Worker (P/T) Nottinghamshire County Council Youth Service (1993-95)
  • Diocesesan Volunteer (F/T) for Southwell (Nottinghamshire) Dioceses (1990-91)


Voluntary Work Since 1998

  • Secretary and Trustee of the Belper Players Ametuer Dramatics Group (September 2015 -)
  • Young People’s co-ordinator, Belper Players Amateur Dramatics Group (Sept 2012 – on-going)
  • Member of the Belper Players Amateur Dramatics Group. Committee (2010-on-going)
  • Musical Director Belper Players Amateur Dramatics Group (2007 -).
  • Member of the Youth Strategy group Derby Diocese (2006-2011).
  • Musical Director Derby Diocesan Youth Events (2005-2006).
  • Chair of the Youth Strategy group for Derby Diocese (2005).
  • Personal Tutor, BA (Hons) Theology, Youth and Community studies St. John’s College, Nottingham (2002-2003).
  • Member of the Board of Education for Derby Disocese (1998 - 2002)

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