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Ms Carmel McMahon

Ms Carmel  McMahon

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer & Regional Manager
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Undergraduate & Professional Development
  • carmel.mcmahon

Professional biography

Carmel is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Regional Manager at The Open University Business School. She joined in 1997 to work on the School’s international programmes, initially on developing the School’s presence in continental Europe. This was followed by initiatives such recruiting and developing international teams of tutoring staff, developing academic partnerships in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. In 2004 she was appointed Group Regional Manager, in 2007 was appointed Associate Dean Teaching & Learning and in 2008 was appointed Associate Dean International, a post she held until 2012.

Carmel has held appointments with the Open University Validation Services, including as an Academic Reviewer and member of validation panels. Since 2008 she has been a member of The Open University Senate and several University committees.

Carmel began her career on the National Health Service graduate management programme, during which she qualified as an accountant, followed by appointment to senior planning and financial strategy roles in the health service. In addition to her full time responsibilities, she became interested in management development and began designing programmes for her organisation and professional association.

After taking up a post at Queen’s University she was seconded to Brussels, where she worked mainly in public affairs and with the European Parliament, before joining the European Commission as a Detached National Expert, primarily as a member of the team writing and negotiating the EU Peace Programme for Northern Ireland and the Border Counties, working also on EU policy and funding programmes in education, training and regional development. On returning to Queen’s University, she worked on initiatives including Technology Foresight, European affairs and university/industry liaison, before joining The Open University.

Research interests

Carmel has researched European interregional co-operation, organisational development and European affairs. Current interests are the experiences of part time tutoring staff and the experiences of international students.

Teaching interests

Carmel has contributed to the development of modules in Financial Strategy, Managing Knowledge and the Professional Certificate in Management and lead on the roll out of the first online tutored version of the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme for worldwide registrations. Carmel teaches on the MBA Programme in Africa, Russia and across Continental Europe, designs and delivers training events for teaching staff and is a trained coach.

Carmel has an extensive international network developed through working internationally for 20 years, initially in public affairs consultancy in Brussels, then as an advisor in the European Parliament, followed by a posting to the European Commission as a Detached National Expert working on EU policy and funding programmes in education, training and regional development. Since joining the Business School Carmel has widened her international links through developing programmes and partnerships in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and across western and eastern Europe, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including executive education, working with corporates, universities and governments.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
International Management Practice, Education and Learning ThemeThemeThe Faculty of Business and Law