Sharon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and teaches modules on the BA Sociology, BA Criminology and MA Public Sociology. She is the Department of Social and Political Sciences' co-lead (with Andrea Lyons-Lewis) for Service Learning. This involves working with a wide range of local not-for-private profit organisations on social justice action and research projects with second year and post graduate students. She is currently working in partnership with a local charity researching work and employment in Nottingham.
Alongside her higher education career Sharon has worked in the adult and community education sector as a practitioner and at a strategic level, regionally and nationally. She endeavours to bring those values and practices cherished in adult education to her work in higher education.
Community-University Engagement & Service Learning
Work and employment
Sharon works with over 25 local not for profit organisations as part of her Service Learning role. Along with student representatives from NTU, a steering group of these local partners helps to guide the strategic direction of Service Learning.
Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Trustee - Association of Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC)
Trustee – POW Nottingham
Sponsors and collaborators
Sharon is currently working with The Renewal Trust on a participatory action research project exploring work and employment in Area 6 of Nottingham, (St Ann’s, Mapperley and the Dales). Stage one of the project has been reported on and stage two is due to commence. This will involve developing the agreed recommendations with a further round of research engaging key stakeholders in the city.