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Joanna Holmes


  • United Kingdom


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Personal Statement

I am an ex-secondary Head Teacher who has spent 20 years working at senior levels in both English and Scottish schools. I joined the University in 2014 to lead a project aimed at strengthening  the partnership approach to Initial Teacher Education; working across two Universities and nine Local Authorities. From there I become heavily involved in the development, writing and teaching of our Masters courses in Educational Leadership as well as our Headship qualifications.

I have led the MEd in Educational Leadership since 2017 and became the Director of Post Graduate Taught courses in 2019. I became the HaSS Associate Dean for Post Graduate Taught in October 2020.

My research interests are focused on leadership preparation and development across different hierarchical structures in schools. Having gained a Distinction award at Masters level, I am currently in the final stages of my doctoral studies, exploring the formation of leadership identity and how this intercepts with emotional intelligence.

Academic / Professional qualifications

National Professional Qualification for Headship; awarded by The National College for School Leadership; June 2006

Full registration with General Teaching Council for Scotland; Secondary teaching in Physics and Mathematics

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the study of leadership and in particular the development of leadership. This includes development of leadership capabilities in both formal and informal aspects.  I am interested in the importance in school culture and its relationship to staff development.

I am currently exploring leadership identity formation and emotional competencies in the educational leader.

I am a member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) where I am also member of their Research Interest Group in Leadership Preparation and Development.

Expertise & Capabilities

Leadership and Management development

Design and delivery of bespoke leadership courses

Teacher Leadership

School Culture

Change management

Headship preparation and development

Identity formation

Emotional Intelligence/Competencies

Teaching Interests

I am course leader for the Management and Leadership in Education Masters programme.

I am module leader on our new Masters programme on Educational Leadership, titles which include: Conceptions of Leadership: Contexts for Leadership: Strategic Leadership: Work-based Project.

I am a course tutor for our Masters course (delivered in partnership with Scottish College for Educational Leadership), Into Headship Programme.

I lead the Masters dissertation phase of our Post Graduate Taught Promgrammes. I have supervised Undergradute and Masters dissertation students in a variety of projects related to leadership and management.

I have also designed and delivered bespoke leadership courses to a variety of clients.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 19 Jul 2017

University of Paisley

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996

Bachelor of Science, Glasgow Caledonian University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996


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