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.

Other activities

  • Equality and Diversity Lead for School of Education
  • 2020-present     Research Ethics Committee: external panel member, Royal Academy of Dance
  • 2018-present     Times College International Committee, Nanjing, China
  • 2018-present     Education Sub-committee at the Royal Academy of Dance, London
  • 2017-present     Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers: CPD Committee
  • 2011-present     Trustee Ashby-De-La-Zouch Endowed Schools Foundation
  • 2011-2014          Governor and Trustee Ashby-De-La-Zouch Endowed Schools Foundation


Recent publications


Cliffe, J 2018, 'Emotional intelligence testing for headteachers: globalization or lost in translation', Journal of Professional Capital & Community, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 223-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-12-2017-0033

Cliffe, J, Fuller, K & Moorosi, P 2018, 'Secondary school leadership preparation and development: Experiences and aspirations of members of senior leadership teams', Management in Education, vol. 32, no. 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, vol. 07, no. 18, 72765, pp. 2774-2790. https://doi.org/10.4236/ce.2016.718258

Cliffe, J 2011, 'Emotional Intelligence: A Study of Female Secondary School Headteachers', Educational Management, Administration & Leadership, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 205-218. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143210390057

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Cliffe, J 2019, A female school leader and emotional management: coping in ‘Special Measures’ in a secondary school in England. in I Oplatka & K Arar (eds), Emotion Management in Teaching and Educational Leadership: A Cultural Perspective. Studies in Educational Administration, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley BD16 1WA, UK, pp. 67-87.

Other contribution

Cliffe, J & Robinson, JF 2008, Measuring Emotional Intelligence: A Comparison of Different Methodologies in a Study of Female School Leaders: Working Paper, July 2008..

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

Robinson, JF & Cliffe, J 2006, Digital natives: C21st teaching for C2st learning for C21st kids: Working Paper 2. July 2006.. <http://www.ioe.mmu.ac.uk/cue/research.php>

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