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Sarah Dauncey

Personal details

Sarah DaunceyJob title: Honorary Research Fellow in Education

Highest qualification: PhD

Sarah completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Warwick, and worked for a number of years as a lecturer and researcher in higher education. Her specialist interest is in the transactions between literature and forensic science. More recently she’s worked as an education consultant, focused on e-learning, and has established an organisation called Rural Learning, which taps technology to provide educational opportunities for rurally isolated young people.

Email: Sarah.Dauncey@cumbria.ac.uk

Telephone: 017684 83872 or 07760 123 962

Academic interests

Professional experience

  • Digital Learning Consultant for Nord Anglia Education: Designed high performing online learning programmes for 14 international schools; run large, on-going learning communities
  • Digital Learning Consultant for World Class Arena: advised on development of online learning for secondary students for Mawhiba (gifted education programme in Saudi Arabia)
  • Established an organisation to support the educational needs of rurally isolated children and young people, Rural Learning
  • Designed and led two online learning programmes for the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (University of Warwick)
  • Lecturer in English at the Universities of Warwick, Leicester, and Birmingham City

Current projects

  • RSA project to raise achievement in rurally isolated secondary schools
  • Access to university for high ability young people in rural areas. This project examines the likelihood of rural young people securing their places on chosen courses at Russell Group Universities. In particular, it studies the impact of limited opportunities to acquire desired ‘additional’ experience.
  • Research into the potential for online collaborative learning programmes to foster advanced learning characteristics.

Areas of expertise for PhD supervision

  • Technology for learning
  • Building and running online collaborative learning communities
  • High performance learning
  • Twentieth century literature and literary theory

Research activity

Selected outputs


‘Switching on the Book’, co-written with Chris Meade, Becta

‘Informal Online Learning', in School Ethos and Effective Teaching: case studies in the education of gifted and talented students, Jim Campbell (RoutledgeFalmer, 2010)

‘Witnessing Evidence: Forensic Science and the Power of Bodies and Things to Attest’, in Blackwells Companion to Crime, ed. by Lee Horsley and Charles Rzepka (2008)

‘Forensic Anthropology and the Reconstruction of History in Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost’ in Literature and Science, ed. by Cerdic Barfoot and Valeria Tinkler

‘“Something Else Besides”: Uttering the Unutterable in Lord Jim’, Conradiana

‘“The Islands are Very Quiet”: Space and Silence in Conrad’s Victory’, Conradiana

Preliminary proposal of paper accepted by Diacritics, ‘Cultures of Silence’

‘Gendered Engagement in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Online Reading Group’, sent to Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication for consideration

Cornwell, Patricia’, in The Literary Encyclopedia, 18/11/05


Robert Asher, Lawrence B. Goodheart, and Alan Rogers, eds, Murder on Trial, 1620-2002 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005), in the Journal of American Studies

David Schmid, Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005), in the Journal of American Studies

Harold E. Hinds, Jr., Marilyn F. Motz, and Angela M. S. Nelson (eds.) Popular Culture and Theory: A Basic Introduction (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), in the Journal of American Studies