Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Whalley

Research Strategy Manager


With 15+ years of experience in the Higher Education sector, I am passionate about developing and implementing strategies that enhance the research environment and student experience across multiple disciplinary contexts. As Research Strategy Manager at Newcastle University, I work with senior leaders and colleagues to deliver transformative change initiatives, including the Newcastle University Centres of Research Excellence, which aim to address global challenges through interdisciplinary collaborations.

I lead the Research Strategy team within the Research Strategy and Development Service, and I support the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Strategy and Resources, the Dean for Research Culture and Strategy, and the Director of Research Strategy and Development with the implementation, monitoring, and review of the University's Research Strategy. I have a strong background in research management and administration, having worked at School, Faculty, and University levels at Newcastle University and other institutions. I hold a PhD in English Literature from the University of Nottingham, and the APM Project Management Qualification.


  • APM Project Management Qualification (2021)
  • PhD in English Literature, University of Nottingham (2008-2011)
  • MRes in English Literature, University of Nottingham (2007-2008)
  • BA(Hons) in English, University of Nottingham (2004-2007) 


  • Articles

    • Townley S. Rewriting Paterian Sympathy: Vernon Lee and Elitist Empathy. Literature Compass 2012, 11(9), 861-872.
    • Townley S. Redefining British Aestheticism: Elitism, Readerships and the Social Utility of Art. PhD Thesis University of Nottingham 2012.
    • Townley S. Vernon Lee and Elitism: Redefining British Aestheticism. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 2011, 54(4), 523-538.