Olivia Goncalves was awarded an MSc Business Psychology, and a BSc Psychology with Management from Heriot-Watt University. She is passionate about learning and the student experience and has significant experience in Higher Education in the Middle East.
She pioneered the School of Foundation Studies in Dubai for Curtin University and established the Foundation Programme. As part of launching the foundation programme, she developed the curriculum for units covering areas of cognitive and social psychology. During her tenure as Head of School of the Foundation Studies, she was involved with a number of activities including moderating a panel on Women Leadership and leading workshops at various schools in the UAE. Olivia was also responsible for overseeing the Teaching and Learning Centre of the University, during which she introduced and successfully implemented an intervention program to support learning among at risk students. Her programme improved overall student performance at the Foundation level.