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Mrs Sandra Elliott

Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes and Doctoral researcher

Department: Arts

Sandra has been a Lecturer in EAP at Northumbria University for 7 years, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is currently approaching her 4th year teaching in the Design School. Sandra also organises and teaches the Colloquium on British Culture programme which involves study visits to various locations in the North East. She is currently studying for her PhD in the area of hagiography in medieval manuscripts.

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Sandra has 19 years’ experience in the field of Education beginning in the Primary sector she then moved on to teach English as a foreign language abroad for 5 years primarily in Italy. Her 3 years teaching Military English for the Italian army she found most rewarding as well as 2 years living in the medieval town of Viterbo.

Her fascination with language inspired her to return to England to study for a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics at Durham University.  This then saw her pursue a career in academia as she began lecturing in EAP at Northumbria University. However, her passion for the medieval world, which originates from reading about the Lindisfarne Gospels as a child, continued to beckon.  Hence, her current fervent study for her Doctorate currently titled: “Humility and Authority in the Lives of English Saints in The Golden Legend English Tradition from Manuscript to Print”

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MA Applied Linguistics from Durham University

UCLES/CELTA Cambridge Certificate in English Lange Teaching to International Adults

B.Ed. (Hons) Primary Education.  Specialism: the Arts – Art, Drama, Creative Writing.

Professional Activity


The Colloquium on British Culture module to international students involves study visits to various locations of historical and cultural interest, such as Durham Cathedral and Bamburgh Castle.  We explore the historical and cultural significance of the local as well as considering the visitors’ experience.  I find this a fascinating programme to both organise and teach.  Through organising this programme I have made key contacts across the region which has enabled students to experience a variety of study opportunities. For example ‘Bede’s World’ in Jarrow where they experienced a hands-on class in medieval stone carving.

In teaching ESAP (English for Specific Academic Purposes) in the Design School I find I can readily draw on my early background in the Arts and apply this to my students’ needs.  My current area of tutorship is Interior Design, and Industrial & 3D Design.  As well as teaching deconstructing Design briefs and academic Design style, for example reflective writing, we also explore the language of Design such as the nature of light.

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Member of:

Oxford Society for the Study of Medieval Language and Literature

Hagiographical Society

Ecclesiastical History Society

University Ethics Committee

The Parish Parochial Council of the Catholic parishes of South Shields, Whitburn and Boldon.

Current/Recent Projects

As part of the Festival of Humanities 2015 I participated in “A Walk through Newcastle’s History 1200-1800” during which I gave a talk regarding the Castle Keep and the Civil War siege of the city in 1664. This involved collaboration with Tyne and Wear museums at the Castle Keep regarding mutual initiatives.

Attended a variety of conferences including:

  • Oxford Society for the Study of Medieval Language and Literature:

North of England Saints: An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring the North of England Saints and Shrines in their Cultural, Social and Economic Regional Contexts. Oxford University.

  •  Ecclesiastical History Society:

Translating Christianity: Word, Image, Sound and Object in the Circulation of the Sacred from the Birth of Christ to the Present Day. Cambridge University.

Volunteer work participated in:

  • The ‘Lindisfarne Gospels’ exhibition at Durham University.
  •  ‘Bede’s World’ in Jarrow, both as an archivist of artefacts and carrying out practical work on the Anglo Saxon farm.

Volunteer archivist at Ushaw College in Durham, cataloguing and listing eighteenth and nineteenth century letters and documents


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