Sarah Riches

Senior Teaching Fellow, Director of Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

Sarah Riches
Sarah Riches
School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University
Birmingham, B47ET

Email:  s.riches@aston.ac.uk
Room: VS118     
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4201

Following a Science based degree I qualified as an Audiologist in 1999 working at Birmingham City Hospital (Sandwell and Birmingham NHS Trust) until 2003 when I extended my role and became a tutor in Birmingham School of Audiology. After also acting as an Aston University work-based NHS supervisor for several years I finally joined Aston University full-time in Nov 2008. I now teach student audiologists, student hearing aid dispensers, assistant audiologists/hearing care assistants, and qualified medical and audiology professionals wishing to extend their knowledge and clinical skills.

I have developed several clinical services for Aston University to assist student learning. These include the following:
  • adult hearing assessment clinic
  • ear-wax removal service (irrigation and microsuction)
  • hearing assessment service for the music and entertainment industry  
  • Full RCCP registration as an Audiologist
  • Full HCPC registration as a Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Full member of British Academy of Audiology
  • Full member of British Society of Audiology
  • Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Director of Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship
  • Director of Audiology Executive and Professional Development (EPD) Courses – developing and delivering courses to meet the training needs of audiology and medical professionals
  • Module leader for several academic and clinical modules, teaching students studying on the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology), Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology, Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship
  • BSc year tutor and personal tutor
  • University appointed clinical competency assessor

Qualifications and training

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Sciences (Biology & Human Physiology), 1996

Teaching qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 3, 7307 Certificate in Teaching Adults Stage 1, 2003
  • City & Guilds Level 4, 7407 Teaching Certificate in Further Education Stage 2, 2005
  • Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow (HEA), 2017
  • Higher Education Academy Senior Teaching Fellow, 2018

Professional Audiology qualifications:

  • BAAT (Part I & II), 1999
  • BTEC ONC (Science) - Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement, 1999
  • BTEC NVQ Healthcare – Physiological Measurement (Audiology), Level 3, 1999
  • HAC Clinical Aptitude OSCE, 2010