Education and pedagogy

Dr Gournet is an experienced Higher Education professional with a track record in leadership, education strategy and policy development, and the coaching and mentoring of others. She has led Academic Development in a post-92 university for a substantial number of years, leading and enthusing academic and professional service staff to engage in their own personal development leading to fellowships, external funding and acclaimed awards (e.g. National Teaching Fellowship; Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy). Her oversight of other initiatives such as Staff Excellence Awards helped foster a culture where teaching is valued and staff are encouraged to excel, and many of these strands were evidenced in the TEF Gold Award of June 2018 of this institution, with the Panel recognising the “thorough and systematic embedding of an institutional culture for the recognition and reward of teaching excellence”.

Dr Gournet will be able to draw on her depth of experience of the higher education landscape to work with individuals and teams to address the pedagogic challenges facing the sector today.

Dr Viv Rolfe (NTF, PFHEA)  - September 2018

Marie-Annick, together with her insightfulness, objectivity and wealth of experience was a huge asset in helping to shape our discussions and navigate adults and children through the contentious issues surrounding presenting Bristol slave trader, Edward Colston in a modern day context.

Ruth co-director of Myers-Insole Local Learning CIC  - September 2018


Marie-Annick is a highly experienced education professional with excellent communication and inter-personal skills. She is a skilled trainer and facilitator with a passion for developing others and promoting equality of opportunity. I have had the privilege of benefiting from Marie-Annick's workshops on developing cultural competency which were very engaging, informative and challenging. 

Marie-Annick was a valued founding member of Bristol City's Learning City Education Challenge group and also has experience as a Chair of Governors of a local academy.

Paul Jacobs – Director of Education - April 2018

Joining forces with Marie (as a Students’ Union President at UWE) to improve black and minority ethnic (BME) student attainment and retention was a great experience. Marie did an excellent job in this position (as a Lead for Diversity, Disability and Widening Participation) and was an asset to our University during her tenure with the office. She is such a wonderful, excellent resource, great leader; always passionate about everything she does. I enjoyed tremendous support from her while in this position and her influence and help made me developed some skills that are beneficiary to me till date.

Emmanuel UP Okon  - August 2014

Diversity and intercultural communication

As a youth social enterprise, we contracted MAG Consulting to review and refine our intercultural training development package for professionals. They did not only do so to the utmost perfection, they also developed two extra modules to complement the package in a comprehensive way.

Poku Osei  - CEO Babbasa  - September 2018

I recently had the pleasure of attending a ‘train the trainer’ workshop given by Marie-Annick covering diversity, inclusion and intercultural competence. She was an excellent trainer and facilitator with expert knowledge on intercultural competence and communications. Training in a sensitive area like this can be tricky, but Marie-Annick’s style and delivery method made everyone in the room feel relaxed whilst ensuring all our opinions (and there were many of them!) were heard and respected.

Urfan Ali – Business Strategy Consultant - May 2018


The commissioned review undertaken by Marie-Annick for Oxford Brookes University on its inclusivity agenda provided a useful set of clear recommendations highlighting infrastructure changes to ensure effective implementation. In addition, the use of several case studies of best practice provided an external benchmark for future developments. Marie-Annick 's unique knowledge of the diversity and inclusivity agenda in HE provided the valuable insight for areas of change - highly recommended.

Prof. Julie McLeod

Pro-vice chancellor - Oxford Brookes University - April 2018

Marie-Annick led a short course in Understanding Cultural Differences and just want to say I found it really well balanced and Marie-Annick created an enjoyably collegiate atmosphere within which to learn.

Dominic Foster - Senior Project Manager, UWE, Bristol - September 2017


Bristol Women Voice – Wonderful Women Award 2018 for increasing participation of BME Staff and students in HE.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary - Outstanding tenacity, creativity and commitment as Chair of the Strategic Independent Advisory Group and in ensuring improved service delivery to all communities’ .

Awarded Nigerian International Student Network’s Most Outstanding Achievement Award for extraordinary service and dedication to the Nigerian International Student Network at the University of the West of England.

Awarded bettertogether Widening Participation Award, by UWE for outstanding contribution to raising aspirations and widening participation in Higher Education.

The University was awarded Xcel Best Institution of Widening Participation Award . Award presented to the institution “judged to have made the biggest increase in recruiting students from a multi-ethnic and minority ethnic group background, and who has been actively involved in widening participation”.

Awarded Leader in Investing in Equality BME Leadership Development Programme, by Bristol City Council.

Awarded Woman Who Makes a Difference Award, by Bristol City Council.