Staff Profile

Head and shoulders shot of a smiling Sarah Barry stood in front of an airline jet engine in a pilots uniform

Sarah Barry


I am a Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management and Pilot Programmes and Course Leader as well as an experienced airline pilot. I have previously flown Airbus A320/1 and currently fly B737 on short and medium haul routes for a UK airline. In addition to my flying experience, I have previously worked in the headquarters of a large international airline on various management projects and with various UK and international organisations on research initiatives.

I have an MSc in Air Transport Management from City University, with a dissertation on Space Tourism and previously held the position of Chair of the BALPA Pilot Licensing and Training Committee, was a member of the BALPA Flight Safety Group and also a member of the IFALPA HUPER Committee. Before flying for the airlines I also helped set up a successful flight school in the USA, where I also previously lived.

I have a lifelong interest in aviation and having achieved my ambition of being a successful airline pilot, my teaching role here at Buckinghamshire New University is to give our students the best possible insights into the industry and a fantastic learning experience - and to get them ready for a career as a pilot!