Dr Sharron Wilkinson

Lecturer and Programme Director, PGT Education programmes

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 466764

Sharron worked in the NHS with people with learning disabilities but left in 1997 to study applied social sciences at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.

In 2000, she began working in prison-based further education while studying at the University of Hull for a Masters in Applied Social Research.

Sharron started working for the University of Hull in 2001, teaching social sciences on the Social and Behavioural Studies part-time programme.

In 2010 she began teaching in the Centre for Educational Studies and is now the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Education. In 2017 she completed her Doctorate in Education which focused on prison education. 


Research Interests

  • Prison educators’ and education managers’ perceptions of the key issues in prison education
  • The impact of tame policy approaches to prison education
  • Developing a ‘wicked’ framework approach to examining social issues

Research groups

  • Member of the Prisoner Learning Association Network

  • Member of the British Educational Research Association 

  • Member of the UK Council for Graduate Education Postgraduate Research Supervision Network  


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Research Methods and Methodology
  • Key Contemporary Issues in Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • Dissertation
  • Research Methodologies in Education (PGT)

Research PhDs

  • Prison education
  • The application of Wicked Theory

Teaching awards and accolades

  • FHEA
  • PGCHE, University of Hull

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside
  • MSc Applied Social Research, University of Hull
  • Doctor of Education (EdD), University of Hull

External roles

  • External Examiner for De Montfort University Community Justice programmes.
  • External Examiner for the Open University Education, Childhood and Youth programme
  • Academic contact for Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, BA Childhood and Youth Studies