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Dr Deborah Goodwin OBE DLitt (Hon) MEd MA

Dr Deborah Goodwin OBE DLitt (Hon) MEd MA

Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeships and Negotiation SME

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In 2019 Deborah was invited to return to her alumna University so that Exeter students can experience and benefit from her considerable knowledge and experience in Negotiation, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. She is an applied, practical academic whose career has seen her draw upon her considerable academic knowledge to develop applied skills courses and training for student-practitioners. She produces and delivers informative, lively and engaging sessions to build informed skill sets. 

Her doctorate is in Negotiation, and she studied for this at the Department of Politics at the University of Reading. Her ground-breaking research in negotiation in conflict contexts has been described as seminal by national and international academics, and as the leading authority in this context. She lectured in multiple aspects of Leadership at RMA Sandhurst for 25 years, and from 2012-2019 as Head of the Communication and Applied Behavioural Science Department there.

She focuses her knowledge, research and lecturing to help those who work in difficult and complex environments to build peace and dialogue. She also writes, creates and runs unique training simulations for groups up to 100 strong, which allow delegates to experience complex and ambiguous real-world contexts, and to apply practical frameworks for professional decision-making, problem-solving and negotiating.

In 2007 she was named as 'an extraordinary woman' working in the field of conflict resolution by PeaceDirect NGO, UK.

In 2009 the United Nations awarded her a Commendation in recognition of her voluntary negotiation work in Cyprus since 2000. This is a rare accolade for a civilian. 

In 2013 she was elected to the Board of the Jean Monnet Association, Paris, and remains the first UK academic ever to have been awarded this distinction. (The Association recognises contributions in the international field of diplomacy).

She is also a qualified crisis negotiator and was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017.

In July 2019 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Reading. This distinction is in recognition of her significant work in the field of negotiation and diplomacy. 

Deborah delivers mainly on Senior Leader Modules in the Degree Apprenticeship Department, UEBS. She also delivers Masterclasses in negotiation and mediation for the Chartered Manager (level 6) course, the Exeter MBA, and Exeter Medical School.  She focusses on negotiation, influence, conflict resolution, leadership and communication applied learning for our executive and PG students.

In 2020 she was a finalist for the University of Exeter Student Guild 'Inspirational Teaching' award (nominated by students). This nomination was a huge honour, and humbling.


PhD (2002) University of Reading (Negotiation research)

DLitt (Hon) University of Reading (2019)

Masters in Education

MA (English)

BA Hons (Exon) History, English and Philosophy

Qualified Crisis negotiator

Research interests

My current research interests centre on analysing the behavioural aspects of Negotiation and Influence, particularly in stressful contexts.

In addition, assessing the core behaviours in persuasive and influencing contexts, and analysing these complexities to gauge viable option creation.

I have been tasked recently to undertake some new developmental work for the UoE Innovation Centre (SEED project)

Creator and Manager of Senior Leaders Alumni hub- 'Learning Leaders Hub' (2021)- lifelong learning opportunity

Awards and Honours

OBE (2017)

UN Commendation

Commandant RMA Sandhurst Special Recognition and Thanks (2019)

Member of University's Military Education Committee

Collaborating on SEED Project for Innovation, Impact and Business


Negotiation, Influence, Communication skills, Leadership, and Human Behaviour

Senior Leader DA Modules

  • BEMM 111 Foundations of Strategy and Leadership
  • BEMM 113 Negotiation Skills
  • BEMM 113 Senior Leader Project Advisor
  • BEMM 213 Work Based Project (Masterclasses Convenor)
  • BEMM 114 SLDA
  • (from 2022) New Masters elective-  'The Influential Leader'  (Senior Leader)

Level 6 Chartered Manager course

  • Conflict Resolution

Masterclass lectures 

Themes: Negotiation, Influencing, Understanding Others, Influence and Behavioural Change


  • Negotiation skills Workshop

  • Mediation skills Workshop

Guest lectures- Medical School