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Professor Fiona Denney

Professor Fiona Denney
Professor - Business Education

Eastern Gateway 104f


I am a Professor in Business Education in the Organisations and People division in Brunel Business School.  In a career spanning nearly 25 years, I have been a business studies academic in the areas of marketing and general managment and leadership and I have held a number of central university positions.  Between 2003 and 2019, I worked in academic staff and researcher development, including being the Assistant Director of the Graduate School at King’s College London and heading up the Brunel Educational Excellence Centre at Brunel University London until 2019.  Both of these positions plus my national and international work for Vitae (see have involved me in strategic leadership and operational management including managing people, projects and resources, which now form my research interests in leadership in higher education.  I am a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education and am currently serving as the Honorary Secretary.  I am also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). 

My research interests are focused on academic leadership in modern universities. 

In the Business School, I am involved in working closely with colleagues to provide guidance and support for the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessing in business education.

I am an external assessor for UCL Arena - UCL's professional development pathway for teaching and I am an external examiner for the University of Lincoln's College of Social Science Research Degrees Board.  I am also involved in providing consultancy work for Epigeum - a major developer of online training programmes for the higher education sector owned by Oxford University Press.


PhD: An assessment of the strategies guiding end-user involvement in consumer durable new product development (awarded 2004)

MA Management Studies

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education

BA (Hons) American and Canadian Studies


I am currently the Director of Student Experience for Brunel Business School and am also working closely with colleagues on digital enhancement to teaching, learning and assessment.

I am the Co-Director of the Brunel Education Research and Guidance Hub (BERGH) with Professor Danae Manika

Newest selected publications

Denney, F. (2021) 'A glass classroom? The experiences and identities of third space women leading educational change in research-intensive universities in the UK'. Educational Management, Administration and Leadership. ISSN: 0263-211X

Journal article

Denney, F. (2021) 'The ‘Golden Braid’ Model: Courage, Compassion and Resilience in Higher Education Leadership'. Journal of Higher Education Policy And Leadership Studies, 2 (2). pp. 37 - 49. ISSN: 2717-1426 Open Access Link

Journal article

Denney, F. and Budjanovcanin, A. (2021) 'Hybrid Managers in Higher Education: Power, Identity and Challenges'.Academy of Management.  [unpublished]

Conference paper

Denney, F. (2020) 'Compassion in Higher Education Leadership: Casualty or companion during the era of coronavirus?'. Journal of Higher Education Policy And Leadership Studies, 1 (2). pp. 41 - 47.Open Access Link

Journal article

Denney, F. (2020) 'Understanding the Professional Identities of DVCs Education from Academic Development Backgrounds'. International Journal for Academic Development, in press. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1360-144X Open Access Link

Journal article
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