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Dr Mary Mihovilovic

Subject Lead - Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Education
Associate Professor

Dr Mary Mihovilovic

About Research

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Mary Mihovilović is Associate Professor and Subject Lead for the postgraduate taught programmes in Education. These include the MA Education (Leading Innovation and Change, Pedagogy, Inclusive Practice, Coaching and Mentoring, Inclusive Practice, Physical Education, and Religious Education and SEND pathways); MA Catholic School Leadership; MA International Development and Social Justice; PGCert Coaching and Mentoring and PGCert SEND. She teaches on the MA Education: LIAC and the Senior Leader Apprenticeship MA and supervises EdD and PhD students.

Mary is an experienced teacher of religious education and classical studies having taught in diverse inner city and suburban secondary schools and held senior leadership positions for 20 years, including 12 years in secondary headship. She has also worked as a diocesan inspector and educational consultant. She has had extensive involvement in the third sector as trustee and in various leadership roles. She is currently a foundation director of a diocesan Multi-Academy Trust and serves on other diocesan committees and boards.

Mary joined St Mary’s University in 2009.

Areas of scholarly interest

  • Educational Leadership
  • Catholic Education
  • Women in the Catholic Church
  • Holocaust Education
  • The development and distinctiveness of Catholic Multi Academy Trusts
  • The experiences of Catholic school teachers who are not Catholic


Research profile

Mary’s doctoral research was in the experience of Catholic teachers in secular schools and she has subsequently researched the experience of teachers who are not Catholic in Catholic schools. She is currently researching the distinctiveness of Catholic Multi Academy Trusts.

Mary supervises EdD and PhD students researching educational leadership in all phases, religious education and Catholic education.

Mary is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Bachelor of Humanities (Hons) in Religious Studies and Classical Studies, PGCE (Secondary Religious Education), masters’ degrees in Educational Leadership and Christian Spirituality, and a doctorate in Education.

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