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Dr Sarah Lewthwaite MA, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Sarah Lewthwaite is Research Fellow within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Sarah Lewthwaite is a Research Fellow at the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton. Her research expertise and interests centre on the intersections between critical theory, accessibility, new technologies and student experience in higher education. In her current role these are focussed on the learning and teaching of advanced research methods. She maintains a keen interest in inclusion, disability and social media research.

Prior to her postgraduate studies Sarah has worked supporting disabled students’ access to education and technology in both secondary and higher education, and the public sector. She holds an MA in Research Methods (Distinction) and a PhD in Education from the University of Nottingham. During her studies, Sarah investigated how networked publics create and alter experiences of disability using advanced accessible, digital research methods.

Following her PhD, Sarah has worked as a researcher on the MyUI Project, an EC project developing interactive design for older users; and as a post-doctoral research associate in student experience at King’s College London.

Research interests

  • Critical approaches to Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Innovation and digital research methods
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Inclusive research
  • Accessibility
  • Critical disability studies
  • Disabled Students’ Allowances
  • Higher education
  • Student experience

Primary Research Group - National Centre for Research Methods

Affiliate research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Research project(s)

The pedagogy of methodological learning (Nind)

In this research project we aim to: (i) advance an emerging pedagogical culture and content knowledge for social science research methods teaching; (ii) create a typology of pedagogical approaches for social research methods to inform policy and practice in NCRM and related investments; and (iii) develop a coherent theoretical framework for methods teaching to inform national practice.


Honorary Fellow of the Learning Sciences Research Institute

Member of the Association for Learning Technology

Member of the Society for Disability Studies

Member of Wikimedia UK

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Dr Sarah Lewthwaite
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