Dr Sarah Hale BA, MA, DPhil (Sussex)

Programme Director: Foundation Programme, Humanities and Social Sciences; BA Social and Political Studies


Prior to joining the Department for Lifelong Learning in September 2012, Sarah spent five years in the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London, and previously held posts at the universities of Huddersfield and Portsmouth.

She has been a local authority councillor, and a founding member and Company Secretary of a large community development association, actively involved in local regeneration partnerships.

When not working, Sarah enjoys an obsession with historic canal boats, and spends most of her spare time and money on her 1937 Grand Union Large Woolwich motor Chertsey. In an attempt to become a better historic boater, Sarah has recently mastered the art of crochet, and is currently trying to learn to play the melodeon.


Sarah is Programme Director of Foundation Year Social Sciences, Foundation Year Humanities, and the discontinued BA in Social and Political Studies. Modules taught/convened include Introduction to the Social Sciences, Extended Project, Academic Literacy and Communication Skills, and BA Project and Dissertation supervision.

Other roles

Sarah is Chair of DLL's Learning and Teaching Committee, and is the Department's Examinations Officer and Principal Ethics Contact.

Within the wider University, Sarah is active in the Dignity at Work Network and a member of the Student Conduct and Appeals Panel. She represents DLL on the Extra-Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee and in 2017-18 sits on the Quality and Scrutiny Sub-Committee.

Sarah is an active member and sits on the Executive of the Foundation Year Network and is External Examiner for the Social Sciences Certificate programme at the University of York.

Research interests

Sarah’s research background is in Politics, and particular interests include higher education policy, local government and the politics of community.

Her teaching interests extend across the social sciences and humanities, and include qualitative research methods.



Blair’s Community: Communitarian Thought and New Labour Manchester University Press, 2006

The Third Way: Criticisms, Futures, Alternatives edited by Sarah Hale, Will Leggett and Luke Martell Manchester University Press, 2004


Innovations in Teaching and Learning in Politics symposium special issue of European Political Science, 7:2, June 2008


'Education for Modernisation? The impact of Higher Education member development programmes on councillors' perception and performance of their roles' Local Government Studies 39:4 June 2013.

'Discourse, Policy... and Ideas: An Obituary of the Third Way in Britain' European Political Science 10:4, December 2011

‘Implementing Problem Based Learning in Politics’ European Political Science, 7:2, June 2008

‘Widening Participation, Equalising Opportunity?’ Politics, 26:2, May 2006.

‘Politics and the Real World: A Case Study in Case Based Learning’ European Political Science 5:1, February 2006.

‘The Communitarian “Philosophy” of New Labour’ in The Third Way: Criticisms, Futures, Alternatives (above), 2004.