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Dr Sara Jones

Dr Sara Jones

Co-ordinating Lecturer in Social Studies

02920 875268
21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG


My portfolio includes Business Management, Social Studies, Politics and International Relations, Health Sciences and Dental hygiene. I am passionate about designing accessible modules for adult learners, engaging with local communities and priority groups.

As the Co-ordinating Lecturer I am also responsible for the Pathway to Healthcare, Dental hygiene, Optometry, Social Studies, Business Management and Accounting and Politics and International Relations.

The Pathways to a Degree project, aims to widen access to Higher Education for adults from groups who might not normally consider university as an option or those seeking a career change.

These include those from socially and economically deprived backgrounds, those who missed the chance to study at university when they were younger, and those disadvantaged by physical disabilities and mental health conditions.


I was born and raised in Cardiff. My career started as a secondary school teacher before joining the Continuing Professional Education team in 2013 as a tutor.

I was appointed as the Pathways Co-ordinator in 2015. I was responsible for supporting the management and delivery of the 10 Pathways to a Degree routes.

In 2022, I was appointed as the Coordinating Lecturer in the Social Sciences.

Honours and awards

  • PhD Social Science - Cardiff University - 2017
  • MSc Social Science Research – Cardiff University – 2011
  • PGCE (FE) Cardiff University -  2008
  • BSc Psychology –  University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) 2006

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017)

Speaking engagements

  • Jones, N and Jones, S. 2016. Part-time pathways to a degree at Cardiff University. UALL SRHE Seminar series, Cardiff.
  • Jones, S. 2015 A game of Chinese Whispers: An analysis of the implementation of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification'  WISERD National Conference, Cardiff.
  • Jones, S. 2015. Challenges facing the implementation of the qualification for the school, teachers and pupils. Head Teachers conference, Cardiff.
  • Jones, S. 2015. Doing an experiment. Festival of Social Science, Cardiff.

Committees and reviewing

  • During my PhD I co-organised the Policy Café a monthly showcase of policy research being completed in the School of Social Sciences aimed at researchers, policy-makers and practitioners (2013).  The policy café aimed to provide opportunities  for networking and collaboration on focussed areas within Social Policy.
  • I sat on the Welsh Baccalaureate Advisory Group at Cardiff University Welsh Baccalaureate Conference (2015 – 2017) and contributes to the organisation and delivery of the Welsh Baccalaureate Conference.


As a tutor for Cardiff University’s Division of Continuing and Professional Education, I have been responsible for designing and delivering the Pathway to Social Science module; “Social Policy”, for the past 8 years.

I completed my PhD in September 2017. My PhD is an analysis of the development and implementation of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ).

I conducted a qualitative analysis of the WBQ using interviews with the policy community (National and Intermediate level) and WBQ coordinators in schools and FE colleges.

I aimed to use the WBQ as a vehicle for understanding the complex and multifaceted process of policy formation, and to understand the impact the Welsh Government and the policy community had on its implementation.

Interviewing the local level (WBQ Coordinators in schools and FE Colleges) provided me with an insight into how policy is translated and implemented into an institution and how this translation directly impacts on the effectiveness of the policy.


  • Jones, S. 2017. A policy trajectory analysis of the Advanced Level Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (PhD thesis). Cardiff University: Cardiff
  • Knight, S. 2010. A curriculum for all: Analysing students understandings and experiences of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (Masters Dissertation). Cardiff University: Cardiff


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