Sara Brown

Dr. 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.


IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITA 5311Tolkien’s Poetry12 WeeksJanuary 15, 2018
LITA 5314Tolkien in Context12 weeksMay 8, 2017
LITB 5304Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination12 WeeksAugust 29, 2016
LITC 5302Mythologies of Love and Sex12 weeksMay 2, 2016
LITA 5313Modern Fantasy II12 WeeksJanuary 11, 2016
LITA 5310Roots of the Mountain12 WeeksAugust 25, 2014
LITA 5309The Lord of the Rings: Culture & Audience12 WeeksMay 5, 2014
LITA 5304Modern Fantasy12 WeeksMay 21, 2012