Dr Sarah Neely

Dr Sarah Neely

Senior Lecturer

sarah.neely@stir.ac.uk +44 (0) 1786 467518


Communications, Media and Culture A34 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Sarah Neely teaches across a number of modules on the undergraduate programme, including Experimental Cinema and Scriptwriting. She also currently serves as the director of postgraduate research within CMC. Her research stretches across a range of areas of film and media studies. Recent work has focused primarily on Scottish cinema and artists' moving image. Her PhD examined the adaptation of contemporary Scottish and Irish literature to film (University of Glasgow, 2003). Her first degree was in Communications and English Literature from The University of Iowa. She also received an MPhil from the University of Glasgow in Creative Writing.

At the University of Stirling, Sarah is a member of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies. Outside of the University, she is a member of the advisory board for LUX Scotland and is on the board of trustees for Creative Stirling. She has also served on judging panels for a variety of prizes and awards including the BAFTA new talent awards and the Margaret Tait Award for artists working within film and moving image.



Sarah supervises PhDs in the areas of Scottish cinema, artists' film and moving image practice, poetry and film, early cinema, trauma and film, slow cinema, and cognitive film theory. She currently supervises the following PhD students:

  • John Ritchie (with John Izod) – AHRC project PhD, British silent cinema and the transition to sound (Scottish focus)
  • Roseanne Watt (supervised with Kathleen Jamie) – AHRC DTP funded, film and poetry, creative writing and filmmaking project. Title: ‘Aa My Mindin’ – Time and Timelessness in Scottish Island Poetry
  • Susannah Ramsay (supervised with Ross Birrell, GSA) – AHRC DTP funded, film-poetry, practice-based. Title: Experiencing the Film-Poem. Touching the Landscape, Tasting the Film. A Phenomenological Analysis of the Film-Poem through Practice and Exhibition
  • Alastair Cook (with Kathleen Jamie), Title: Collective Memory and the Politics of Landscape in Rural Scotland (a practice-based PhD exploring the convergence of still and moving image technologies)
  • Shona Main (supervised with Ross Birrell, GSA) - AHRC DTP funded, documentary film practice-based. Title: Inside the shared space of documentarist and subject: a study of the quietly radical ideas and ethics of Jenny Gilbertson.

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