Dr Sarah James

Lecturer in Education, Programme Director, BA (Hons) Education Studies, and BA (Hons) Education Studies, Social Inclusion and Special Needs

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 465813

Sarah has been working at the University of Hull since January 2004, having previously taught in a local primary school.

She has extensive experience of initial teacher education and training, having worked on the University's Primary PGCE programme for eight years.

In recent years, her work has predominantly focused on undergraduate education studies and research supervisions at both UG and PG levels.

Sarah's professional interests centre around a passion for social inclusion wellbeing, and supporting pupils experiencing loss and bereavement. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences.



Research Interests

  • Children, agency and death
  • Bereavement support in education (all phases and settings), and death education
  • Death in children’s fiction
  • Wellbeing
  • Pet therapy
  • Death and society
  • Death rituals and mortuary practices

Research groups

  • Founding member of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS)
  • Member of the Centre for End of Life Studies, University of Hull
  • Member of the regional Child Bereavement UK (CBUK) hub


Stern, LJ; & James, S. (2006) 'Every person matters: enabling spirituality education for nurses', Journal of Clinical Nursing, Volume 15 Issue 7, Pages 897 – 904, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Sharp, J., Hopkin, R., James, S., Peacock, G., Kelly, L., Davies, D., & Bowker, R. (2009). 'Teacher preparation and the national primary science curriculum: a 20th anniversary perspective', Research Papers in Education, 2009, 1–17

James, S. (2012) 'Loss, bereavement and ethics'. In Palaiologou, I. (ed) Ethical Practice in Early Childhood. London: Sage.

Bottery M., Wright N., and James S. (2012)'Personality, moral purpose, and the leadership of an education for sustainable development'. Education 3-13 vol.40 No. 3 pp. 227-243.



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Loss and bereavement in learning contexts
  • Research methods
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • EdD (Hull)
  • MA (Hull)
  • BSc Hons (UCL)
  • RN (Lond)
  • Dip. Traditional Chinese Medicine (ITHMA, London)

External roles

  • Active member of CBUK's regional hub
  • Executive Member of Hull North CLP
  • Currently undertaking Forest School training

Awards and accolades

  • Nominated for Best Supervisor (2016-17)