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Sarah McAdam

Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Sarah McAdam

Role Summary



  • PhD Documentary Photography 2014-expected to finish 2020
  • MA Visual Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University 2006-2008
  • PGCE Further and Adult Education, The University of Sunderland 200-2001
  • BA (Hons) Acting, The University of Manchester 1991-1994


  • Photography - press and editorial, photojournalism, documentary
  • Visual Culture
  • Media and cultural theory (race, class, gender)
  • Film and TV
  • Gender and feminism
  • Technical skills (audio & visual capture, editing, software PS, InD, FC, Audacity)





Expert Membership of professional bodies


Roles on external bodies


Other Interests

I have always balanced my academic profession with a vocational career. It is important for me to keep a link with the photography industry especially as new digital technologies change the expectations of employers and clients so rapidly. Developing my practice and working commercially complements my research and lecturing all of which feed the student experience.

I am also a student, which helps me to develop my teaching and my research.  I began my PhD in september 2014 and aim to complete in 2020.  I have to attend taught sessions, research workshops, deliver presentations, vivas and produce work for assessment just like my students do which helps me to empathise and understand the student experience and perspective.

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