Provost & Professor of Education
Plymouth Marjon University & Marjon University Cornwall
School of Education
01752 636700 Ext:4297
Professor (Dr) Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall, UK. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist with over three decades experience in schools, colleges and universities in England as a teacher, teacher educator, educational leader and educational researcher.
The author of over 75 papers, reports, articles and books, Tanya is dedicated to exploring social inequity and educational disparity and has spent the last ten years focusing on the challenges for coastal, rural and small schools, including issues of teacher recruitment and retention and access to funding and professional development.
Professor Ovenden-Hope is the Education Research lead for the University, leading UoA 23 in REF 2021 and is Director of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Group - Context Agency Place and Education (CAPE). She is an active PhD supervisor and Director of Studies.
Tanya developed and leads Marjon University Cornwall as Provost, where she also manages all the PGR and PGT provision in Education. Tanya established a partnership with Ambition Institute developing the Masters in Expert Teaching, which she QAs.
BA Hons (Sociology)
Postgraduate taught and research programmes:
Selection of research and development projects:
RETAIN: Teacher Retention Programme (Externally funded)
An evidence based and research informed CPD programme for early career teachers of KS1 working with disadvantaged pupils. The aim of RETAIN is to keep teachers in the profession by enhancing their pedagogy and practice, and improve pupil attainment.
Pilot: Cornwall, 2015 – 2017; funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (£384k). Contract holder: The Cornwall College Group, Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope Project Lead and Principal Investigator. Partners: Institute of Education, UCL (Professor Sonia Blandford) and Edge Hill University (Professor Tim Cain). Independent evaluator: Sheffield Hallam University (Dr Bronwen Maxwell).
Education Isolation - coastal, rural and small schools
Findings of the seven year qualitative longitudinal research on coastal schools and two comparative studies of coastal schools across England (national, international and government impact) were developed into a project exploring educational isolation (more complex than geography, to include considerations of coastal, rural, small and underperforming schools) and the impact on school performance, including teacher recruitment and retention and student experience.
Translational Research and Knowledge Mobilisation (National and International partners)
September 2014 - 2017: Lead Editor of MESH Guides www.meshguides.org MESH Guides provides free online evidence based and research informed resources for teachers globally.
Education and Training Foundation (Externally Funded)
September 2016 – July 2017: Five Education and Training Foundation (ETF) contracts won for developing learning, teaching and assessment in the South West – The Professional Exchange Network (£45k), Collaborative Practice Development Day (£25k for regional provision from a large national grant of £179.6k), Transforming Teaching Learning and Assessment (£11.5k); 3 year Professional Exchange Network extension ( £25k) and Special Project: Collaborative Pedagogies (£25k).
ICE House Project (Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise for Education) (Externally Funded)
October 2008 – February 2012: £1 million ESF/Convergence funding applied for and received in collaboration with Cornwall College. Project developed innovation, creativity and enterprise for education through teaching.
Books (co-author and chapters)
Books (editor and co-author)
Selected conference papers since 2017
Current Voluntary Roles
2022 - Present APPG for the Teaching Profession SIG for Teacher Supply: Convenor and Chair
2021 – Present Church of England (Education Leadership): Invited Expert Research Challenge Group Member for NPQs development and Rural Teaching Partnership
2020 – Present ICET (International Council for the Education of Teachers): Elected Board Member
2020 – Present BERA (British Educational Research Association): Elected Council Member (Director)
2019 – Present Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund: Invited Advisory Board Member
2018 – Present Askel Veur Education Trust, Truro, Cornwall: Director
2017 – Present Pool Academy, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall: Member
2017 – Present Invited International Referees Panel Member, Journal of Education for Teaching, Taylor and Francis.
2016 – Present BERA: Elected SIG Convenor for Educational Effectiveness and Improvement.
2016 – Present UCET (Universities Council for the Education of Teachers): Elected Executive Council Member
2019 - Present Kernow Learning Trust (previously Atlantic Centre of Excellence, Multi Academy Trust): Trustee and Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.
Previous Voluntary Roles
2018 – 2020 Achievement for All Education Trust: Member
2010 – 2017 Marine Academy Plymouth and Marine Academy Primary: Governor, Director, Trustee, Member and Chair of the Curriculum Committee
2013 – 2018 Teacher Education and Further Education MESH (Mapping Educational Specialist KnowHow) Guides www.meshguides.org: Editor
2010 – 2017 Peninsula Teaching School Partnership (teaching alliance): Board Member
2015 – 2017 Peninsula SCITT: Board Member
2014 – 2017 Kernow Teaching School Alliance: Board Member and School Improvement Steering Group Member
Visiting the beach