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Professor Sally Barnes

Professor Sally Barnes

Professor Sally Barnes
M.Phil.(Open), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professor of Doctoral Education

Office 2.30
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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Sally is a quantitative researcher with an interest in how appropriate technology can be used to enhance the learning process in both face-to-face and at a distance scenarios.


Sally Barnes is Professor of Doctoral Education, and Deputy Director of the Bristol Institute for learning and Teaching (BILT).  She is also the Director of the ESRC funded Southwest Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) a collabrotive DTC with the universities of Exeter, Bath, Plymough and West of England. She was Graduate Dean/Co-Education Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law from 2009-2018.  

She developed many of the units on research methods at Masters and Doctoral level and taught Statistics to Masters and Doctoral students in Bristol for over 25 years.  She currently teaches research methods units on the EdD programme in Hong Kong.

One of her main areas of research has been on how appropriate technology can be used to enhance the learning process in both face-to-face and at a distance scenarios.  And on how to best support supervisors to provide the best supervision of thier students.

Her funded projects revolve around the FP7 EU-Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope where Sally was a member of the executive and core groups and on the sterring board of the Virtual Doctoral School.  Other projects include the ESRC funded use of digital video technology to better understand the holistic impact of technology and the use of interactive whitewoards; and an evaluation of the Rollout of the NGfL in 10 Pathfinder LEAs (funded by BECTa)

Sally originally came to Bristol to work on the Language Development Project with Gordon Wells.  This large study explored language acquisition of 125 childre from 15 to 60 months.  Her MPhil Degree (1984) was based on this project.

Her PhD (1993) focussed on how adults learn to use a word-processing system.


She currently teaches Statistics to Masters and Doctoral students in Bristol and units on Data Collection and Analysis to EdD students in Hong Kong.


  • learning process
  • technology
  • child language
  • language acquisition
  • impact of technology on the classroom
  • teaching process
  • computer supported collaborative learning
  • distance education


  • British Educational Research Association.
  • British Psychological Society (Graduate Member).



School of Education


Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Sally has research links with the Instituto Informatica Educativa at the Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco Chile. Bristol and Temuco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to try and develop their Masters programmes into a linked joint effort. The Instituto is responsible for running Enlaces the Chilean educational network.


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