Joanne Cooke

Executive Director of Student and Academic Services

Jo Cooke is the Executive Director of Student and Academic Services (SAAS) at De Montfort University (DMU) and is a proud Business graduate of DMU.

As Executive Director of SAAS, Jo provides strategic oversight and senior leadership for the Directorate which includes the Department of Academic Quality, Admissions, Academic Services, Graduate Success and Student Welfare. SAAS is also responsible for the Student Gateway, a one-stop shop for students needing advice, information or support and has responsibility for the student record.

Professionally Jo is a member of ARC (Academic Registrar’s Council) and AMOSSHE the Student Services Organisation.

Jo has worked at DMU for over 30 years in various roles, ranging from exams and graduation work to research degree student administration, and moved from being a part of the senior management team in Academic Registry to Executive Director.

She feels passionately that the student should always be placed at the heart of everything the Directorate does and strives to deliver the best service possible. It is her mission to show how the Directorate focuses on support, development and employability, to help give tomorrow’s DMU graduates the best possible start to the next stage in their lives.

Jo’s portfolio also includes the Directorate’s of Library and Learning Services and Social Impact and Engagement.

Jo’s personal interests include reading, hiking and travelling and in her spare time, she is also School Governor at a local Sixth Form College.

You can contact Joanne Cooke directly by emailing or through her PA by emailing Eileen Waldron:

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