Sarah Wolfenden

Senior Lecturer in Academic Professional Devt, chartered librarian, performance coach helping women achieve personal & professional goals

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice Development, a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, an ILM qualified performance coach, and a chartered information professional, with fifteen years’ experience of working in the UK Further and Higher Education sector. You can often find her holding coaching or meetings outdoors.

Sarah is an accomplished trainer and conference speaker. Engaging with an audience to share her knowledge, motivate and enable learning is something she is passionate about. Over the years, she has collaborated with CILIP, Internet Librarian International, University College London, London Information and Knowledge Exchange, CPD25, Information Literacy Group, Special Libraries Association and Tinder Foundation.

Her style is calming, thoughtful and encouraging. She is not a harsh task master - she is gently persistent in helping participants make the tweaks they require

Topics she can speak about:
• Teaching and promotion - learning how to mentor others; creating a teaching philosophy; using learning experiences to influence future practice, getting (and staying) organised; using social media to raise your profile and connect with others; keeping up to date; information literacy; using conversations as a development tool; getting accreditation with Advance HE

• Personal transitions, parenting and wellbeing - finding your identity and values; everyday mindfulness; growing up working class and finding your place in a professional working space; finding a balance that works for you; returning to work; being the 'breadwinner'; creating support networks

What attendees will get:
A well-prepared and thoughtful speaker. Someone who cares about their audience in terms of both short-term interest and longer-term needs. Practical applications will be included within the session – participants should bring a pen and paper!

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