Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall. She is also a Visiting Professor with Canterbury Christ Church University. She is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist with over three decades of cross sector experience (FE, school and HE) in teaching, teacher education and educational leadership. An innovative academic, Tanya has maintained scholarly engagement in educational equity throughout her career. Her commitment to championing the importance of, and developing new ways of thinking about, learning and teaching was recognised when she was awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 and the National Enterprise Educator Award in 2014.

Tanya values the importance of collaboration and has roles that enable the sharing and development of best practice. She is an elected Executive Committee Member of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET); elected Special Interest Group (SIG) Convenor and Council Member for the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and an invited member of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Advisory Board for the Teacher Development Fund. She is also a Trustee on a number of Education Trusts.

The author of over 75 papers, reports, articles and books, Tanya uses her position to raise the profile of educationally isolated schools. Her current research explores the complexity of educational isolation and the effect of this on school experience and improvement for coastal, rural and small schools in England. The findings have included particular issues, which has resulted in further research and development of interventions, such as on early career teacher retention. Her latest book (co-edited with Rowena Passy) is called ‘Exploring Teacher Recruitment and Retention: contextual challenges from international perspectives’.