Sandra Hopkins

Senior Lecturer, CWRS

Sandra is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) at the award winning University of Chester. Sandra joined CWRS in 2014 with over 15 years of operational, strategic planning and project management experience within the Public Sector and the Third Sector.


  • MA in Education (Merit) (specialisms – curriculum development, work based learning, educational leadership)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching - University of Derby
  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Business Administration (Spanish) - LCCI
  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Business Administration (German) - LCCI
  • BA (Double Honours) – German and Spanish - University of Manchester
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner - APM
  • Studying for Doctor of Professional Studies in International Higher Education


Her experience involves managing over €1 million of European funding in the North West of England, employability projects involving Aston Business School, and managing work based learning at The Leading Edge, University of Leicester. Sandra won a teaching excellence award at the University of Derby to investigate the competencies and skills of negotiated work based learning tutors. 

She is passionate about developing opportunities for others and believes that learning is for everyone - regardless of age, social status, gender or geography - and is an integral part of human growth.   Sandra is the Faculty Representative on the Equality and Diversity Forum and Co-Chair of the University of Chester Staff LGBT Association.   She has lived and worked in Europe and China and is currently researching UK-Sino relationships, in particular the education and cultural landscapes, as part of her doctoral research.  She welcomes opportunities to work with others and collaborate to improve individual and organisational effectiveness.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – FHEA
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management - MInstLM
  • Member of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)



  • Work-based learning and negotiated work-based learning at levels 4-7 (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Placement tutor through the Work Based Learning module
  • Programme leader for the Foundation degree in Government (FdGov)
  • Module leader for several modules including: Project and programme management, Business strategy and planning, Delivering results, Emotional intelligence and Creativity and problem solving


Areas of Interest

  • Work based learning
  • Relationships and reciprocity
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • Co-publishing – students and staff
  • Accessible curricula through the use of ICT
  • Gender and LGBTQ
  • APEL (Accrediting Prior Experiential Learning)