Ms Sarah O'Neill

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4291




Personal profile

Sarah O’Neill worked for the Probation Service in Derbyshire for 17 years. She has experience as a Probation Officer and Senior Probation Officer in both offender management and Court settings. Sarah has also worked as a Practice Development Assessor and is an experienced trainer.

Sarah joined De Montfort University in June 2019 as a Senior Lecturer. She is involved with the delivery of the Probation Qualifications pathways, under a contract with the Ministry of Justice. This pathway provides a learning provision for students aspiring to become Probation Officers (levels 4 and 5), as well as students already embarked upon the qualification programme (level 6).

Sarah’s primary responsibility is module leader for the Risk of Serious Harm and Public Protection module (level 6). This module focuses upon the role of the Probation Officer in risk assessment and management.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Research interests/expertise

Research interests lie in the field of Probation Work and the Criminal Justice System. Particular areas of interest include:

  • Desistance approaches
  • Equality and diversity
  • Probation training

Areas of teaching

  • Risk of Serious Harm and Public Protection
  • Offender Management, Approaches and Interventions
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders


  • Diploma in Probation Studies
  • BA Social Policy
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) middle manager's certificate
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification

Courses taught

  • Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) courses

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • NAPO