​Joel studied fine art at the University of the Arts, London.

When Joel first arrived at university he felt as though he was "falling through the cracks", so he hugely valued the university's 'Creative Mindsets' project, which "opened up a number of conversations about race" among students and staff. 

Joel believes that staff need to understand the Black, Asian and Minority Attainment gap through a much broader "matrix of discrimination" that students experience as part of their daily lives in the areas in which they live, and that although data is important, university leaders must immerse themselves in the student body to fully understand the nuances behind the gap.