Academic Q&A: Sarah Allen

To continue our popular Question and Answer blog series we have a brand new interview to share from the people here at Norwich Business School. Sarah Allen is our Lecturer in Business Law and Deputy Senior Adviser and Plagiarism Officer for Norwich Business School. Sarah originally trained as a ceramic sculptor, and has successfully sold her figurative sculpture in galleries throughout the South East of England. Sarah undertakes legal research on an on-going basis and her principal interests lie in access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society, particularly in the employment sphere.

Allen, Sarah

1. When were you happiest?

I’m quite a happy person generally, but at the moment I feel happier than ever!

2. What is your earliest memory?

Singing very loudly while swinging high on the garden swing at 6 o’clock in the morning. The neighbour shouted out of his bedroom window “Will someone please shut that child up!” I told you I was always happy!

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Impatience – I want everything to happen now.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Intolerance – Oh, and dithering!                         

5. What was your most embarrassing moment?

Falling flat on my face in lecture theatre 1 in front of 400 students. To their credit they didn’t laugh…

6. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I’m not perfect, but I can’t complain because I feel so lucky to have a body that’s healthy and fit and strong.

7. What is your favourite smell?

Beech woods after a rain storm – sort of damp and peaty and fresh.  And Chanel No. 5!

8. Which words do you most overuse?


9. What is your favourite book?

There are so so many, but probably my all time favourite is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.  It had me hooked from the beautiful first sentence, and with a protagonist called Teacake, what’s not to like?

10. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I try not to feel guilty about pleasure.

11. What does love feel like?

Warm and safe and tingly.

12. What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Smile” by Madeleine Peyroux

13. How would you like to be remembered?

As a good mother and a loyal friend.

14. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

To look forward to the next adventure.

15. Where would you most like to be right now?

Somewhere warm, eating a meal al fresco with all the people I love.


See more of our Academic Q&A series here.



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