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Dr Sarah Cotterill - personal details

Contact details

Dr Sarah Cotterill

Role: Research Fellow - Biostatistics

Tel: 0161 206 4567


D210 Clinical Sciences Building,
Salford Royal NHS FoundationTrust
Stott Lane
M6 8HD




After completing a BA in Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester, Sarah worked for many years in housing and regeneration for local authorities in Greater Manchester.

In 2004 Sarah completed a MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at CCSR, University of Manchester, folowed in 2007, by a PhD at the University of Leeds, Partnership Working in Local Electronic Government.

In 2007 Sarah was appointed as a Research Associate at the Institute for Political and Economic Governance, University of Manchester on an ESRC ventures project, 'Rediscovering the Civic and Achieving Better Outcomes in Public Policy' . She led a number of field experiments looking at how public and voluntary agencies can promote change in civic behaviour, including household recycling, food waste collection, charitable donations, internet-based deliberation and community involvement

In 2011 Sarah was appointed to her current post as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biostatistics.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Royal Statistical Society

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

NW Research Design Service proposal development committee


PhD (2007) University of Leeds

MSc (2004) Social Research Methods and Statistics, University of Manchester

BA (1983) Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester


Sarah is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biostatistics. 

She is a member of the statistics group at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, providing statistical support and collaboration for clinical researchers on nationally and internationally competitive grant applications.

She is an adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service (, providing methodological advice to potential applicants to NIHR and other national funding streams for health-related research.

She is an academic adviser to NIHR CLAHRC Greater manchester.



Sarah teaches statistics to 4th year medical students for short research projects (2011 - present).

Tutor for group personal and professional development, 1st year medical students (2013 - present)


Sarah teaches on the statistics module of the Masters in Public Health, and supervises masters student dissertations on MPH and Clinical and Health Psychology (2011 - present).