Joanna MacDonnell

Joanna MacDonnell


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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 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Degree Awarding (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

Fellow of SEDA (Staff Educational Development Association)

Feb 2018Jun 2018

Award Date: 28 Jun 2019

Principal Fellow , Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

Award Date: 20 Jun 2019

Master, Education, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Nov 2010

External positions

Race Equality Charter Governance Committee

1 Aug 2021 → …

Gaps in Student Outcomes Working Group Member

9 Jan 20199 Jan 2022

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

1 Feb 2018 → …


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