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Dr Joan O'Mahony

Picture frame Joan O'Mahony
Job Title:
Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching), Advance HE

Joan is Senior Advisor (Learning and Teaching) at Advance HE. Prior to that she spent 7 years at the Higher Education Academy chiefly as Academic Lead for Student Retention and Success.As Senior Advisor, Joan provides review and support services to programme & senior leaders on strategic planning, improving the student experience, and student outcomes

Joan has over 20 years experience in higher education including lecturing and teaching roles at Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education, Huddersfield University, and Anglo American College in Prague. She is a social scientist by training and spent five years at London School of Economics holding the post of Leverhulme Special Career Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, and then Alcoa Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy and Governance, LSE. On joining HEA, she continued to provide PhD supervision at Huddersfield University.


  • Student retention and success including closing attainment ‘gaps’ and strategies for institutional change
  • Inclusion and wellbeing in the curriculum
  • Survey design and analysis, interviews, focus groups, research and review
  • Governance and strategic development planning

Dr Joan O' Mahony

Director of Academic Development
Bloomsbury Institute
Dr Joan O' Mahony
Joan is Director of Academic Development at Bloomsbury Institute. Previously she was Senior Adviser for Teaching & Learning at Advance HE and before that at Higher Education Academy where she led the HEA’s work on student retention.