Dr Joanne Cliffe PhD, MSc, BEd (Hons)

School of Education
Senior Lecturer
Programme Leader of the PGDipEd Secondary Physical Education; PGDip Teaching Studies and MA Teaching Studies programmes

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Joanne Cliffe is Programme Leader for the following: Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education (QTS) for Secondary Education, PGDip Teaching Studies and MA Teaching Studies. Joanne’s previous experience in higher education included contributions to the PGCE Physical Education course at Loughborough University. Her background is in teaching in secondary education and her posts have included, Head of Physical Education, Head of Sixth Form, Co-ordinator for BTEC / GNVQ Advanced Diplomas, LEA Vocational Advisor. Her research interests lie in Physical Education, educational leadership, emotions and emotional intelligence.


  • PhD 
  • MSc in Educational Leadership
  • BEd (Hons) Physical Education and Human Movement Studies  


Responsible for planning and teaching the PGDipEd (QTS) Secondary Physical Education course. In addition, has responsibility for PGDip Teaching Studies and MA Teaching Studies.

Postgraduate supervision

  • PGDip Teaching Studies
  • MA Teaching Studies
  • EdD Education


  • Physical Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Emotions and Emotional Intelligence

Joanne is currently working on the analysis of data from a research project.

An Investigation of women's leadership preparation within the senior leadership team, co-investigated with Drs Kay Fuller, University of Nottingham and Pontso Moorosi, University of Warwick is a cross case analysis of women and men's experience of leadership preparation in schools situated in six local authorities. The project was funded by BELMAS.

Other activities

  • Equality and Diversity Lead for School of Education
  • External examiner for PGCE Dance Teaching (Masters) Royal Academy of Dance
  • Trustee Ashby de la Zouch Endowed Schools Foundation
  • Peer Reviewer for:
  • Management in Education (Sage)
  • Educational Management Administration & Leadership (Sage)


Cliffe, J. (2018) "Emotional intelligence testing for headteachers: globalization or lost in translation", Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Vol. 3 Issue: 3, pp. 223-240, https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-12-2017-0033 

Cliffe, J., Fuller, K. and Moorosi, P. (2018) Secondary school leadership preparation and development: Experiences and aspirations of members of senior leadership teams, Management in Education, Vol 32, Issue 2, pp. 85 – 91 https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020618762714

Cliffe, J. (2016) Female Headship and Life History Research: Using Emotional Turning Points. Creative Education, 7, 2774-2790. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2016.718258

Fuller, K., Cliffe, J. and Moorosi, P., (2015) Women's leadership preparation within the senior leadership team Planning and Changing: An Educational Leadership and Policy Journal. 46(3/4), 388-415

Cliffe, J.E. (2011) Emotional Intelligence: A Study of Female Secondary School Headteachers, Educational Management Administration & Leadership. vol. 39 no. 2 pp.205-218  ISSN: 1741-1432. DOI: 10.1177/1741143210390057

Williams, A. and Cliffe, J. (2011) Primary PE: Unlocking the Potential, Maidenhead and New York: Open University Press

Cliffe, J.E. (2011) Emotional Intelligence: A Study of Female Secondary School Headteachers, Educational Management Administration & Leadership. vol. 39 no. 2 pp.205-218  ISSN: 1741-1432. DOI: 10.1177/1741143210390057

Cliffe, J.E. (2008) The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Female Secondary School Leadership, Working Paper, July 2008. http://www.ioe.mmu.ac.uk/cue/research.php

Cliffe, J.E. and Robinson, J.F. (2008) Measuring Emotional Intelligence: A Comparison of Different Methodologies in a Study of Female School Leaders,Working Paper, July 2008. http://www.ioe.mmu.ac.uk/cue/research.php

Robinson, J.F. and Cliffe, J.E. (2006) Digital natives: C21st teaching for C2st learning for C21st kids, Working Paper 2. July 2006. http://www.ioe.mmu.ac.uk/cue/research.ph

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