Dr Sarah Whittle
Wellbeing Adviser & Coach [Postgraduate]
Sarah joined Student Services in January 2015 to take up the role of Support Adviser (Postgraduate), working alongside Jo McCulloch, Cindy Cromer, John McIntosh, Aileen Allen (Undergraduate) in the Support Advice Team.
Before discovering higher education as a mature student, Sarah worked in Tameside’s Disability Service and then in Housing as a Supported Housing Officer for statutorily homeless in emergency accommodation.
Sarah has a BA in Theology and Pastoral studies, a MA in Biblical Studies, and a PhD in New Testament from the University of Manchester. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and subsequently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sarah teaches and supervises research students through her work in theological education. She has experiencing of chairing national and international seminars and is research active.
A recent Master’s level qualification in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology has helped Sarah to develop as a Wellbeing Coach. Working especially with Cognitive Behavioural and Strengths-based approaches, Sarah can help postgraduate students to manage issues such as work-life balance, mood, motivation, planning and goal setting, and relationships with supervisors and peers.
Sarah is available to support postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. She is a patient listener who seeks to resource students and help them to find solutions, making referrals where other services may be helpful.