Dr Sarah Hodge

Senior Fellow SFHEA

Best Employability Support Winner 

Student engagement

Name Dr Sarah Hodge
Email S.J.Hodge@exeter.ac.uk
Position Senior Lecturer in Zoology     
College College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Engaging Widening Participation students

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer on the Tremough Campus in Cornwall, and is also heavily involved in Widening Participation, coordinating the work of students and staff to promote science within the local community. "We have some citizen science projects where we're going out into schools and geting them to collect data for us, and these are data that may one day be published... it's quite an exciting way of getting young people involved in our research."

Widening Participation is an essential part of ensuring the University engages with a diverse range of students. As Sarah explains, "it's very important that we do attract the most academically-able applicants because… it improves our research, and it improves the qualities of our degrees... everybody should have the chance to go to university if that’s something that they want to do. Widening Participation is really important because it means we can engage with those students who haven't had [as many] opportunities, but might be some of the brightest minds in the country."

Embedding employability skills in the curriculum

"A lot of students don’t know what they want to do when they first arrive, so they need to try a few different things, get work experience, decide what they do like, what they don’t like; they might try something and hate it, and that’s quite valuable because they know that’s something they don’t want to do in the future."

One of the ways Sarah ensures students are receiving the employability support they want is through the Biosciences Student Employability Committee. "It's a group of really dedicated students, and they’re really good at figuring out what it is that the student body wants in terms of employability support. They ask the students and they feed that back to me… and we can make sure that we provide what it is that the students need."

Aim 1: Talented, Active, Engaged Students
To increase levels of proactive student engagement with their academic studies

Additional resources

Widening Participation

"Widening Participation students are often... some of the brightest minds in the country."

Employability support

"We embed employability into the curriculum from day one".