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Dr Sarah Lewthwaite MA, PhD, FRSA

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Sarah Lewthwaite is a Senior Research Fellow within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. Sarah first joined the Department as a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Research Methods. She is now based in the Centre for Research in Inclusion where she leads the “Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set” study as Principal Investigator, and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow (2019-2023).

Sarah’s research expertise and interests centre on the teaching and learning of accessibility in academia and the workplace. She also maintains a keen interest in inclusion, disability and new media research, inclusive and accessible research methods and student experience.

Prior to academia, 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 from the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham. During her doctoral studies, Sarah investigated how networked publics such as Facebook 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

Affiliated research project

Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set

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.

Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set


  • Honorary Fellow of the Learning Sciences Research Institute
  • Member of the Society for Disability Studies
  • Member of Wikimedia UK
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Member of W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, Education and Outreach Working Group: Curricula Task Force
  • Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education
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Dr Sarah Lewthwaite
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