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: Health and Social Care Research Centre

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Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer in 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

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

Module Leader for:

  • Professional Practice at Stage 3,
  • Community Learning at Stage 2

I am 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.

I can be contacted on or 01332 594011, and my room number is BM303.

Professional interests

I work full-time and have 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 continue 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

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2008)

I 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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