Sharon Smith


Senior Lecturer

Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542625

Sharon joined the School of Education at Worcester as a full time member of staff in 2013, having previously worked for the University in other capacities. She has worked closely with the University of Worcester for some years delivering Foundation Degrees and engaging in research within the University through funded seconded projects. Her expertise has been extensively in training teaching assistants and early years practitioners.

Prior to her role at the University of Worcester, the majority of her teaching has been within Further Education and she has also been involved in teaching a range of adult learners including those with learning difficulties and disabilities (and learners with Acquired Brain Injury). In addition, she has worked in schools with pupils with Special Educational Needs.


  • MA Education
  • BA (Hons)
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Foundation Degrees
  • Inclusive Education and Special Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Education and Special Education
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Reflective Practice
  • Teaching assistant and early years practitioners - the new professionals
  • Guide project Perspectives of Inclusive education
  • Online learning and resources such as SCIPS 

Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN)


 Book chapters

Smith, S. & Hewston, R. (forthcoming 2019). ‘Opening the Door to the Virtual School’: Enhancing Student Engagement Through Online Learning Communities’. In Flexible Pedagogies in Practice: Implementing Flexibility

Sharon, S. (2018). ‘Dis/ability’ In Understanding inclusion: Core concepts, policy and practice, Woolley, R. (ed.). London: Routledge

Callan,S. , Reed,M. and Smith,S. ( 2012) A pedagogy for educating ‘new professionals’ :an English perspective. in Papatheodorou , T (2012) Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy in the 21st century: An International Debate. London. Routledge 

Smith,S ( 2011) Identifying What has been found – explaining a new position in Callan ,S. and Reed,M. ( 2011) Work-Based Research in the Early Years. London. Sage.

Selected conference papers (since 2005) 

Hewston, R., Smith, S. & Woolley, R. (2015) Developing teacher education across Europe: Experiences of partnership workingTeacher Education Policy in Europe Network (TEPE) 2015 Conference,  University of Dundee, May 2015. 

Hewston, R., Smith, S. & Woolley, R. (2015) Experiences of education professionals supporting learners with additional needs in European Union partner countries. The 6th Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference: Knowing About Teaching, Aston University, May 2015. 

Smith, S. & Hewston, R. (2015) Using Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and a VLE to Promote Independent Learning. Enhancing Student Engagement through Online Learning Communities, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 20th April 2015. 

JISC WM –Shared Repository Project “An Institutional Case Study” ( and provided a further evaluation report to JISC(

JISC Project Seconded Post Manage Learning Environment and Virtual Learning Environments Conference paper – Worcester (JISC WM –Shared Repository Project “An Institutional Case Study” ( 2006

External Roles

  • External Examiner- University of Chichester - 2014-ongoing
  • External Examiner- Roehampton University - 2010-2013