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Joanna MacDonnell


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Scholarly biography

Joanna is a highly experienced Higher Education practitioner with a track record of cross institutional leadership in Education and Student Experience, excelling in the areas of Widening Participation, student retention, success and progression and currently leading on strategies to narrow the BME attainment gap. Prior to working in Higher Education Joanna worked at a senior level within Television Production and Commercial Theatre, within this career Joanna developed high level skills in organisation and management, emotional intelligence, interpersonal and communication skills which translate directly to senior roles in HE. Joanna is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of SEDA (Staff Educational Development Association) and also holds an MA in Education. 

Education/Academic qualification

Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Master, University of Brighton

External positions

TEF Subject Level Pilot Panel (Arts), Office for Students

1 Feb 2018 → …

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Research Output 2012 2016

Inspiring Young Working Class Males: a case study of a Primary School Outreach Project

Macdonnell, J., 1 Nov 2016, In : Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 18, 3, p. 55-62 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

working class
primary school

Demystifying university: using Facebook to develop a pre-induction online community to aid transition and retention

Macdonnell, J., 27 Mar 2013, Compendium of Effective Practice: Proven examples of what works in enhancing the student experience in higher education. Clark, R., Andrews, J., Thomas, L. & Aggarwal, R. (eds.). Birmingham: Aston University; Higher Education Academy, p. 14-17 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Open Access
internet community
Open Access
popular television
soap opera

Using the Belbin Team-Role Self Perception-Inventory to Form Groups and Assign Roles for Media Production Assessment

Macdonnell, J., 31 Jul 2012, In : Media Education Research Journal. 3, 1, p. 50-62 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

project group