Baroness Sharp of Guildford is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for further education, higher education and skills in the House of Lords. She is a vocal campaigner on the needs of part-time students and she helped secure concessions from the government that ensured part-time students were not forgotten in the higher education bill. After graduating with a BA Economics at Newnham College, Cambridge in 1960, Baroness Sharp launched a career in academia as a lecturer at LSE in 1964, where she spent 15 years in the Science Policy Research Unit. She served as a research fellow at Sussex University between 1981 and 1999, and from 1992 to 1999 she was Director of the Economic and Social Research Council, which funds research and training in social and economic issues. Baroness Sharp unsuccessfully contested the Guildford constituency for the now defunct SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987, also fighting the same seat in 1992 and 1997 for the Liberal Democrats. In 1998 she was appointed to the House of Lords and subsequently retired in 2016. Since then she has retained her interest in education both as a Member and as a governor of a primary school.