Olivia Goncalves BSc, MSc

Olivia Goncalves

Dubai Campus
Deputy Director of the Psychology Foundation Programme
Lecturer in Psychology

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
Block 2, PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Olivia Goncalves is a lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director of Foundation Psychology. She holds an MSc in Business Psychology and a BSc in Psychology with Management. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Olivia led the School of Foundation studies for another overseas University in the UAE.

She is passionate about learning and the student experience and has significant experience in Higher Education in the Middle East.

Qualifications

Lecturer in Psychology:

  • MSc in Business Psychology, Heriot-Watt University
  • BSc in Psychology with Management, Heriot-Watt University

Biography

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. 

Research

Olivia’s research interests include learning, diversity in leadership and psychological drivers of decision making.