Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Board Member: Elected Faculty Member; Preceptor

Sara is a Preceptor within the Language and Literature faculty. She is also Elected Faculty Member on the Board.

Sara Brown has been a High School teacher for twenty-five years and currently works full time in Rydal Penrhos School in North Wales, where she teaches English to ungrateful teenagers. She is the co-ordinator there for the International Baccalaureate English Language & Literature and Theory of Knowledge courses. Sara also acts as Teaching and Learning mentor in school, promoting and guiding the advancement of skills and continuing professional development in each of the teaching faculties. In addition to her teaching duties, she and her husband run one of the school boarding houses, which holds up to twenty-two teenage boys. Sleep is definitely for the weak.

Besides her BA (Hons) in English and History, Sara has a Masters degree in International History from the London School of Economics, for which she wrote a thesis on The Problem of the Gold Standard in International Politics and Economics in the Nineteenth Century. She completed her Ph.D. in Literature at Salford University in 2013. Entitled From Abjection to Alchemy in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth Legendarium, the thesis explores the way in which Tolkien was responding to the anxieties of the post-war world in the mid twentieth century, drawing on (amongst others) the theories of Julia Kristeva and Donna Haraway. She believes it’s a real page-turner. Sara has given a number of lectures at various conferences on the topics of Tolkien, fantasy fiction, and fandom, the latter being one of her guilty pleasures.

Sara has been a member of the faculty at Signum since 2012, acting as Preceptor on a wide range of courses. She was also lecturer on the Tolkien in Context course, first presented in Summer 2017. She has supervised a number of students through their Master’s thesis process and looks forward to helping many more students to complete their qualification.


ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5311 Tolkien’s Poetry 12 Weeks January 15, 2018
LITA 5314 Tolkien in Context 12 weeks May 8, 2017
LITA 5303 The Potter Saga 12 Weeks January 16, 2017
LITB 5304 Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination 12 Weeks August 29, 2016
LITC 5302 Mythologies of Love and Sex 12 weeks May 2, 2016
LITA 5313 Modern Fantasy II 12 Weeks January 11, 2016
LITA 5310 Roots of the Mountain 12 Weeks August 25, 2014
LITA 5309 The Lord of the Rings: Culture & Audience 12 Weeks May 5, 2014
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks May 21, 2012