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Dr Sharron Wilkinson

Lecturer and Programme Director, Postgraduate Taught Programmes (PGT) Education

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • BA
  • MSc (University of Hull)
  • EdD (University of Hull)


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 School of Education and is now the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) programmes in Education. In 2017 she completed her Doctorate in Education which focused on prison education.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Offender Learning and Prison Education

Wilkinson, S. (2020). Offender Learning and Prison Education. In J. Tummons (Ed.), PCET: Learning and teaching in the post compulsory sector (219-231). London: SAGE Publications

Research interests

Wicked theory and its application to social issues

Prison Education

Professional identity and professionalism in FE

Conference presentation

Keynote Speech 'Education is a wicked problem'


Keynote speech 'Education is a Wicked Problem' at the Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector Subject Specialist Conference at the University of Hull

BERA Conference presentation. The key issues in prison education: the impact of viewing a 'wicked' problem through a 'tame' lens


Presentation at BERA Conference, University of Sussex

External examiner role

External Examiner for Bishop Grosseteste University


External Examiner for the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme

External Examiner for University of Central Lancashire (UClan)


External examiner for the Doctor of Professional Practice (DProf): Community & Social Care at University of Central Lancashire (UClan)

External Examiner for the Open University

2016 - 2017

External consultant for the Open University in the development of new module KE206 Making a difference: working with children and young people

External Examiner for De Montfort University

2014 - 2019

External Examiner for De Montfort University Community Justice Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

Journal peer reviewer

Journal reviewer for 'Humanities'


Journal reviewer for 'Humanities'

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Member of the Prisoner Learning Academic Network


Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA)


Fellow of Higher Education Academy