Sarah Holland Doctoral Researcher
I gained a first class Honours degree from the University of Hull in The Theory and Practice of Counselling (June 2017).
From this I then gained a MSc Distinction from the University of Leeds Business School in Business Psychology.
I came into academia as a mature student having decided that I wanted to re-train from the job I was in at the time. I didn’t feel that I was a natural scholar, (particularly at first), having not achieved very high grades at school and quite frankly being disinterested at school most of the time. Luckily this time around I am interested if not fascinated by the learning opportunities which are available. I continue to learn and am humbled and grateful at the opportunity to now be a Doctoral Researcher.
Before comencing the PhD I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds Business School with Prof. Kerrie Unsworth. This role allowed me to develop my writing and reserch skills as I worked on numerous and diverse studies and with researchers from outside of the UK. Being within the university allowed me and continues to allow me to gain a network and knowledge of subject areas which I previously had little to no knowledge of and as such develop a broader range of thinking.
My main areas of interest are in the realms of workplace design and how this can potentially affect (positively and negatively) the workforce. I am currently looking at workplace gardens both in conjunction with how the workforce use these and also with a further interest into how workplace gardens can potentially support organisations and the workforce as the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. This area of study is multi-disciplinary impacting other areas such as town planning, architecture, CSR and environmental studies.
Other areas which I have an interest in include, leadership, knowledge sharing and well-being in the workplace.
- BA (Hons) First Class The Theory and Practice of Counselling
- MSc (Distinction) Business Psychology