Sarah King MEd, BA(hons)

Sarah King

Assistant Director, Educational Development

Contact details

I lead the Educational Development Team within HEFi whose remit is to support the enhancement of teaching and learning practice at Birmingham, promote innovation in the curriculum, and facilitate the career-long professional development of academics who teach, and staff in supporting learning roles. I teach across a number of programmes and have a particular interest in assessment and feedback in higher education. I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA.


Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

MEd Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2014); Birmingham City University, Birmingham

BA (Hons) Russian and French (1993), University of Birmingham


I have been teaching for over 16 years in higher education having previously practiced as a lawyer. I was a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at Birmingham City University from 2001 to 2014 and have taught and assessed students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as professional courses.

I joined the University of Birmingham in January 2015 as an Academic Practice Advisor and was Programme Lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (previously “PCAP”) and the Beacon Professional Recognition Scheme until 2018. I also developed and led a Masters-level module called “Supporting Learning through Assessment and Feedback” and am proud to have influenced innovative and authentic approaches to assessment within the University as a consequence of colleagues’ participation in this module.

As well as being passionate about recognising great teaching in higher education I also enjoy developing creative and active teaching techniques. I am a Certified Lego Serious Play© Facilitator and those who have worked with me know that I like to use Lego in my classes at every opportunity!

Other activities

I am Visiting Fellow and External Examiner at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.


King, S. (2015) Beginning Land Law. Routledge

Book Chapters

King, S. and Flint, E (2015) Reality Bytes: reflections on the lived academic experience of ePortfolio use. In J. Branch; P. Bartholomew & C. Nygaard (Eds). Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. Oxfordshire: Libri Publishing Ltd. 159-185

King. S. (2014) “Preparing for Practice: Using Case-based Learning to Support Postgraduate Law Students” in Branch, J., Bartholomew, P. and Nygaard, C. (eds) Case-Based Learning in Higher Education. Oxfordshire: Libri Publishing

Conference Papers

King, S. and Coulson, L. “Is anyone listening? The Birmingham Assessment Change Initiative – what do academics really think about assessment and feedback?” Paper presented 28th June 2017 at the Assessment in HE Conference, Manchester

King, S. “Designing a Structured Patchwork Assessment Model for a Postgraduate Certificate” Paper presented 14th March 2017 at the HEA Beyond Fellowship Conference, Birmingham

Eland, J. and King, S. “You've internationalised me now support me: Building and supporting a global academic community - what,when and why” Paper presented 14 May 2015 at the SEDA Conference, Manchester

King,S., Vickers, E. and Breckles, C. (2014) “What Students Value in ePortfolios” presented at the Centre for Recording Achievement Annual Residential. 27th November 2014, University of Aston.
King, S. (2011) “Developing an elearning strategy for a modern law school”  presented at Learning in Law Conference, 28th-29th January 2011, University of Warwick.

King, S. and Kerry, A. (2010) “The Virtual Solicitors' Office - Using a Virtual World to Support a Student's Learning Experience” presented at The British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Conference, 29th-30thMarch 2010, University of Vienna