Centre for Academic Practice


Dr Sarah Williamson

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Assistant Director (Technology-Enhanced Learning)

Sarah is Assistant Director of the Centre for Academic Practice, with responsibility for Technology-Enhanced Learning.  Sarah’s role implements appropriate aspects of the University’s strategy by fostering excellence in learning and teaching through the promotion of effective and extensive use of technologies to enhance learning across the University, championing and facilitating good pedagogic practice in the use of learning technologies in Schools and evaluating associated innovation and effective practice and disseminating this within and outside the University.  Sarah oversees the University’s team of technology-enhanced learning officers, providing direct support to staff in our Academic Schools.

Sarah came to Loughborough in October 2015 from Cardiff University where she held a number of posts including Assistant Director (Education & Quality) of Registry and Academic Services, Head of Student Engagement & Education Support and eLearning Change Champion and brings a wealth of experience in curriculum design, teaching delivery, student engagement, student communication and quality & standards.  During her time at Cardiff, Sarah was also an Online Tutor and Personal Tutor for postgraduate distance learning programmes on Medical Education and Dental Education, experiencing first-hand the challenges and opportunities of engaging students through Virtual Learning Environments.

Sarah has previously been based at Loughborough University, where from August 2005 to May 2007 she was the Assistant Director of sigma - a Centre for Excellence in the Provision of University-wide Mathematics and Statistics Support - funded by HEFCE and run collaboratively by Loughborough and Coventry Universities, and prior to that in roles for the Engineering Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy where she worked to develop engineering curricula at a national level.

Sarah has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University and has previous experience of working in industry.