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Sarah Yearsley

School of Education

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

Sarah is a lecturer in Education Early Childhood Studies, predominantly teaching on Education Studies modules, as well as those related to the Education Studies and Special Educational Needs programme. She is module leader for 4215EDSTUD Exploring Inclusive Practice and 5212EDSTUD Supporting the Family and the Individual. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Sarah is currently completing her PhD at LJMU, focusing on building a holistic model of HE student retention through exploring why students who have considered leaving choose to stay. Her research uses online methods such as IM interviewing and she is interested in creative research methods.

Sarah has over 10 years experience working with children within educational settings. She has worked with a range of age groups from Early Years through to Secondary level, in a number of roles including Play Worker, Room Leader (babies), Teaching Assistant, and Private Tutor. Sarah is a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and Infant Feeding Supporter.

Sarah has worked as a lecturer in the School of Education at LJMU since 2020 and also as a Teaching Assistant within the Faculty of Health.


2017, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MRes - Education and Society
2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA hons - Education Studies with Special Inclusive Needs

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Sessional Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - 2021
Online Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - 2021
Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Education, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - 2020

Book review

Yearsley S. 2023. Advancing culturally responsive research and researchers: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 46 :447-448 DOI Publisher Url

Conference presentation:

Understanding attrition risk factors: using Q methodology to evaluate student perceptions of their university experience., Bluenotes Global 2023 Conference, Louisville, KY, USA, Oral presentation. 2023

The 'Almost Dropouts’, exploring the journey of the ‘saved’ students, those who considered leaving their degree programme but chose to continue., 15th Annual BESA International Conference, University of Wales Trinity, Oral presentation. 2019

‘Redemption and retention: considering the experiences of the ‘saved students’ those who have chosen to remain in university despite seriously considering leaving.’, SRHE Newer Researcher Annual Conference, Newport, Wales, Oral presentation. 2018

Exploring retention and attrition in Higher Education, SRHE Newer Researcher Conference, Newport, Wales, Oral presentation. 2017

Research Grants Awarded:

Bluenotes Community’s 2023 Explorance Faculty Research Grant, Exploring Students’ Perceptions of Attrition Risk factors: a Student-Staff Collaborative research Project on Developing a Holistic Model of Undergraduate Retention, Dr Philip Carey, LJMU, Grant value (£): 10234.42, Duration of research project: Six Months. 2023