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Dr Sarah Cole

Senior Lecturer in Education/ Senior Tutor SoE


 Baring Court BC125


Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


My research interests are broadly located in the Sociology of Education, encompassing issues of social justice; gender, sexuality, domestic and sexual violence and feminist theory. This crosses interdisciplinary boundaries to children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and positive psychology, with related themes that include leadership, mentoring and coaching.

I have a range of methodological interests (including; ethnography, thematic and discourse analysis, participatory research with children and young people, interviews, sensitive research topics and ethics of care).

My practice background is in Further Education, where I taught across curricula before moving into facilitation, training, and leadership and management roles in the Charity Sector. 


EFPM008Z1 - Leading and Managing Education Change

EFPM003Z1 - Understanding Education: Global Perspectives

EFPM911 - Educational Leadership and Management

EFPM007Z3 - Education Leadership

EFPM008 - Children and Young People's Mental Health



PG cert in Positive Psychology Coaching (Distinction); University of Worcester

PhD in Education, University of Exeter: ‘Exploring young people’s views and experiences of relationship abuse: and the role of education in framing this perspective’. (Funded by a 1+3 ESRC Studentship)

MSc Educational Research (Distinction), University of Exeter.                     

PG Dip Social Research Methods (Distinction), Open University                                  

PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training, (Distinction) University of Plymouth                       

BA (Hons) 2:1 Politics & Society (first class dissertation ‘Women and Terrorism: Unnatural Act or Equal Rights?’ + Deans Commendation) University of Exeter.





Journal articles

Cole S (2023). ‘I loved him. It was quite abusive, like young abuse’: troubling girls’ experiences of domestic violence and abuse while at school. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 7(1), 4-21. Abstract.


Cole S (2023). Gender-Based Violence and School Exclusion. In Done E, Knowler H (Eds.) International Perspectives on Exclusionary Pressures in Education How Inclusion becomes Exclusion, Springer Nature. Abstract.

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