Sarah Collins

Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Social Work

Location: ARU Peterborough

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Research Supervision:Yes

Sarah’s professional experience spans the areas of both education and social work and consequently, she has a particular interest in how these areas intersect. Her key area of focus is addressing inequalities and disadvantages and promoting social change.

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Sarah is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Social Work at ARU Peterborough. Her background is in social work and she maintains current registration as a social worker with Social Work England. Her area of specialism is in children’s social care and she has experience within a number of areas of statutory practice including family support, child protection, court work, youth offending and working with children in care. 

Obtaining her teaching qualification in 2011, Sarah has worked in a broad range of further and higher education settings as both a teacher and course leader on programmes including early years, primary education and health and social care. She has previously led the successful design and validation of new degree programmes and in her present role, Sarah is responsible for the development of new courses for ARU Peterborough within the areas of education and social care, including apprenticeship, undergraduate, and postgraduate provision. 

Sarah is committed to advocating for equality and social change and is actively involved in projects in the local community in pursuit of this. 

Research interests

  • The role of education in social mobility
  • Social action and community organising
  • Safeguarding in the context of early and primary education
  • Race and ethnic inequalities in education and social care
  • Cross-cultural perspectives of education and social care


  • BA (Hons) Social Work 


  • MA Social Sciences, Open University
  • BA (Hons) Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) African Studies and Development Studies, SOAS, University of London 
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Microsoft Certified Educator

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered social worker - Social Work England
  • Member – Peterborough Citizens 
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)