Sarah joined ScotCen as a Senior Researcher in early 2022. She works on qualitative and mixed methods research. She recently undertook research for the Scottish Government on the experiences of estranged students, and is currently working on a Scottish Government funded evaluation of the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy.
Sarah has worked in academic social research since 2004, with positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, London Metropolitan and Robert Gordon University. Much of her research has been in educational policy, interviewing children, young people, parents and those who work with them. She specialises in exploring widening access issues around young people’s post-school aspirations and transitions, and disadvantaged students’ experiences of college and university. She completed her PhD in Education from the University of Edinburgh in 2021. This mixed methods study looked at young people’s higher education decisions in Scotland, and the role of family and finance.