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Dr Sarah Hayes

Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced & Flexible Learning, CLIPP

Sarah Hayes
I have worked for Aston University since 2009, previously I was a Lecturer in the Business School at University of Worcester.  I taught Sociology for four years whilst completing my PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. In 2013, I moved to work in the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP), where I am Programme Director for the PGDip and M.Ed. I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA. I also retain active research collaborations in LSS and I am a member of the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)

Room: SW409
Phone: 0121 204 3189
Email: s.hayes@aston.ac.uk    


  • PhD in Sociology - Aston University
  • Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • PG Cert for HE - University of Worcester
  • MSc in Advanced Learning Technology (Distinction)  – Lancaster University 
  • HNC in IT Management – University of Worcester
  • Hons Degree in Art and Design – Herriot Watt University
  • Director of ME.d in Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP)
Other teaching includes:
  • My research interests include:

    • Sociology of Technology and anthropology of digital cultures
    • Corpus based Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of policy documents 
    • Cultural Political Economy, global higher education reform and anthropology of policy
    • Critical Pedagogy and teaching identity
    • Student-staff partnerships and a critical approach towards student engagement 

Book Chapters

Journal Articles 

  • Obradovic-Wochnik, J., & Hayes, S. (2016). Re-visualising international relations: audio-visual projects and direct encounters with the political in security studies. European Political Science.

  • PhD title: The Political Discourse and Material Practice of Technology Enhanced Learning  
  • Corpus-based Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Sociology of Technology
  • Policy for educational technology in Higher Education
  • Sharing Open Educational Resources (OER)