She also works on the Living at Derwenthorpe project led by the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, evaluating the success of this new “sustainable community” of houses in York, by using SEI York’s community footprint calculator Reap Petite.
Sarah also enjoys working with the Centre for Lifelong Learning and evaluated their “Science is for Parents Too” course, funded by the Wellcome Trust. This course ran from 2012-2015 and taught parents the science their children learn at primary school, with the aim of increasing their confidence in talking about science and their abilities to help their children with science homework. This report summarises the findings from the 2013 course, gives details of the methodologies used, the results and the lessons learned from the project.
Sarah was awarded her PhD in the evaluation of environmental education at the Environment Department (now the Department of Environment and Geography) at the University of York in March 2014. Before that she completed an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Leeds, but started off as a Geographer, gaining a BA Hons from the University of Oxford (St Peter’s College) in 2005.