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.