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Dr Helen Donelan

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Professional biography

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications, in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Faculty at the Open University. 

She studied Communications Engineering and Electronics at Liverpool University and then worked in the telecoms industry as a Design Engineer designing structured cabling systems. She completed her PhD at Leeds University in the area of mobile communications which was funded by a departmental scholarship and start-up company sponsorship. On completion of her PhD she worked at Leeds Metropolitan University, initially as a Researcher, and then as a Lecturer where she developed courses and taught in various areas including mobile communications and networking.

She joined the Open University in 2006 initially as a Research Fellow, working on a project concerned with women in STEM careers, before becoming a Lecturer in 2008.

She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

Research interests

Helen's current research interests include:

  • Technologies and approaches for online group work
  • Women in STEM
  • Technologies in learning and teaching

She is a member of TERG (Technology and Education Research Group) and is currently supervising 2 PhD students. 

Teaching interests

Helen currently works on a number of undergraduate modules in the area of communications technologies (TM255, TM355, T312). 

She is also the Qualification Lead for BSc Computing & IT (Communications and Networking pathway), Qualification Lead for BSc Computing with Electronic Engineering, Deputy Director of Teaching, and Board of Studies member.


Impact and engagement

Helen is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology.

She also regularly reviews for a number of other journals.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Technology and Education Research Group (TERG)GroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Technology and Learning Research Group (TLRG)GroupInstitute of Educational Technology