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Dr Joan O’Mahony

Joan is Deputy Principal at Bloomsbury Institute, a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and holds overall responsibility for the Academic Division.

Prior to joining the Institute, Joan enjoyed 6 years at the Higher Education Academy before moving on to take up the post of Senior Advisor at Advance HE, working with universities and colleges cross the UK to improve the student experience and student outcome.

Joan has held lecturing and teaching posts at Buckinghamshire College of HE, Huddersfield University and Anglo- American College in Prague. She was a Leverhulme Special Career Fellow at LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, followed by an Alcoa Fellowship based at what was then LSE’s Centre for Environmental Policy and Governance.


Joan enjoys spending time with family, and walking, reading and music. She is a governor at her local secondary school in London.

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • BSc and PhD (both LSE)
  • Member – British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Member – Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Research and Publications

Recent publications include co-authorship of:

  • Student mental health and wellbeing: Insights from higher education providers and sector experts (2021). pp 1-104, Department for Education, UK Government.
  • Understanding and overcoming the challenges of targeting students from underrepresented and disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds,(2019) PP 1-63, Office for Students.
  • Supporting student success: strategies for institutional change – What works? Student retention and success. (2017) PP 1-85. London: Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

Earlier work includes sole or dual authored publications in: Journal of Education for Teaching; Widening Participation & Life-long Learning; West European Politics; Democratization; Religion and Politics; Journal of Corporate Citizenship; Journal of Civil Society, and in working papers series.

Dr Joan O’Mahony

Deputy Principal

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