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Sara Corcoran

Director of People and Organisational Development

Vice-Chancellor's Office


Sara Corcoran

T: 01473 338326

Emma Gwinnutt
Professional Assistant
T: 01473 338481

Sara joined the University of Suffolk (then University Campus Suffolk) as Director of Human Resources on 1 August 2012, having previously held senior HR posts with Queen Mary University of London and the University of Essex, as well as serving as the Director of Personnel for University College Falmouth. Before joining HE, Sara spent 13 years working in the NHS, in acute and mental health Trusts and in a Regional Health Authority. 

Sara has an MSc in Strategic Training and Development from the University of Surrey and an MA in Educational Research from the University of Sussex.  She is a Trustee Board member of the Association of University Administrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  Her professional interests include organisational development, leadership and the psychological contract. Other interests include dance, running and rugby.

As Director of People and OD, Sara is a member of the University’s senior Executive team. She is responsible for the leadership and management of the Directorate of People and Organisational Development, leading the development and implementation of HR strategy, policies and practice at the university.  She chairs the University’s Equality & Diversity Committee.  Her main areas of responsibility include:

  • Recruitment and Staffing
  • Pay and Reward
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Organisation and Staff Development
  • Wellbeing and Health
  • Equality and Diversity

She also works closely with the Students’ Union in developing the wider culture of the University.