School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Whalley

Research Strategy Manager


I have worked in a number of Higher Education settings to develop and implement strategies that enhance the research environment and student experience. In 2011, I gained my PhD in English Literature.  Since then I have remained committed to supporting both students and researchers across different disciplines and career stages.

Current Position 

As Research Strategy Manager, I support Professor Brian Walker, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Strategy & Resources (PVC-RSR) and David Hill, Director of Research Strategy & Development (DRSD) in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Newcastle University Research Strategy. In particular, this includes managing the development and implementation of the Skills Academy and Newcastle University Centres of Research Excellence. Working closely with Professor Candy Rowe, I also manage the team that delivers our sector-leading Newcastle University Academic Track fellowship scheme. 

Previous Positions

  • Research and Impact Manager, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, Newcastle University (2018-2019)
  • Research and Impact Facilitator, School of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, Newcastle University (2017-2018)
  • Research Administrator, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University  (2015-2017)
  • Student Support and Scholarly Experience Officer, Durham University (2014-2015)
  • Student Experience Officer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2013-2014)
  • Tutor in English Literature, University of Nottingham (2009-2012) 


  • PhD in English Literature, University of Nottingham 
  • MRes in English Literature, University of Nottingham 
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies, University of Nottingham 


ARMA - Association of Research Managers and Administrators


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  • Townley S. Vernon Lee and Elitism: Redefining British Aestheticism. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 2011, 54(4), 523-538.