Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Mrs Sandra Sparrius

  • Qualifications: BA (Social Work) (University of the Witwatersrand), Hons BSocSc (Psychology) (University of South Africa), MA (Industrial and Organisational Psychology) (University of Cape Town), MALA (Master of Arts in Liberal Arts) (St John’s College, Annapolis, USA), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer and ICJS eLearning Coordinator
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5053
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Since obtaining my professional qualifications, I have practiced as a social worker and registered psychologist – both privately and within organisations.

Prior to joining the ICJS in 2009, I lectured in Social Work, Psychology and Human Resource Management for the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University (South Africa) and the Open University (UK).

As a social worker and psychologist, I have worked in a range of settings – including government, health, education and industry. I have been a consultant for multi-national organisations in the areas of organisational design, performance management and occupational health.

Teaching Responsibilities

As an academic I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate students (both campus-based or distance learners). My academic activities have also included curriculum development, administration and academic leadership, and the development of virtual learning environments (VLEs). In 1997 I was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from Rhodes University.


  • Organisational design
  • Career development and career counselling
  • Occupational stress
  • Crisis intervention

My major project since joining the ICJS has been the creation and development of the Research Methods Hub – an intranet research methods resource for all students and staff. The Hub is designed to be a central, resource-heavy site from which users can access a range of materials that they can use in their own research. I received a Recognition Award in 2010 from the University of Portsmouth for my work on the Hub and distance-learning materials.


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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