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Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Secondary and Continuing Education


Dr Sarah Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Nottingham Institute of Education. She is Assistant Course Leader for MA Education and leads both the Dissertation and Curriculum Innovation Modules. Sarah also leads the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education with international partners, and she teaches on the design and technology subject strand within the Secondary Initial Teacher Education course.

Career overview

Before moving into Higher Education, Sarah taught in local secondary schools for ten years before moving to NTU. She was an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) for Nottinghamshire local authority, which involved work across a number of schools, supporting new and experienced teachers with professional development and training issues.

Research areas

Sarah has recently completed her professional doctorate with the University of Nottingham, the focus of which is D&T teachers in the context of change. Alongside this, she co-led Building research capacity and engagement in Design and Technology Education Innovative Knowledge Exchange Pilot with Dr Alison Hardy.

In 2014-16 Sarah collaborated with Alison Hardy and Kitronik, to develop classroom learning resources for the teaching of integrated textile and electronic fashion - E-textiles.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist in Nottingham Institute of Education and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

Current Doctoral Students

Claire Vickery, Exploring Teacher Perceptions about the Decline of D&T in Secondary School Contexts (Co-Supervisor)

Kim Western, Developing authentic academic assessment practices on Creative Technology courses. (Co-supervisor)

External activity

External examining

Goldsmiths University of London (2019 - present)

Birmingham City University (2013 - 2017)

Conference Committees

PATT40 - Conference Commitee member and Editor-in-Chief for the 40th Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology Conference (2022 - 2023)


OCR Design, Technology & Engineering Consultative Forum

Harper Collins

Bloomsbury Publishing


The Design and Technology Association

Noel Baker School

Sponsors and collaborators


Dr Matt McLain

Design and Technology Association


See all of Sarah Davies's publications...

Press expertise

  • Teacher education
  • Student teacher observation
  • Teacher professional development tools
  • Design and technology secondary education
  • Curriculum development in Design education

Course(s) I teach on