Speaker Profile:

Dr Sarah Ashworth

Researcher Developer at The University of Manchester

I find research fascinating and love working with researchers to help them make real whatever they want out of life.

I started (professional) life as a microbiologist, studying at Bristol (BSc), then Manchester (PhD) with a couple of years working in the Pharmaceutical Industry (AstraZeneca).

A quick stint in a charity (Groundwork), and many failed attempts at becoming an environmental consultant, saw me land what was to become my dream job in Researcher Development.

Since starting in 2003 I have invested time and study to provide the best support I can to researchers from a range of backgrounds. I hold qualifications in training design; in coaching and mentoring; as well as recognition by AdvanceHE for commitment to teaching in Higher Education.

I was involved in the early and developing stages of the national Researcher Development agenda, where I sat on national panels advising on both PGR and Research Staff development, helping to inform and shape policy and good practice.

Outside of work I’m mum of two, choral singer and volunteer youth worker. I’ve recently invested in an electric mountain bike, and on fine weekends I can be heard laughing all the way to the top of the Saddleworth hills!.