Dr Poppy Gibson BA Hons, MEd, EdD

Programme Lead of BA Hons Primary Education, and Lecturer in Primary Education

Key details

Dr Poppy Gibson

Programme Lead of BA Hons Primary Education, and Lecturer in Primary Education

Joining the team as Lecturer in Primary Education September 2017, Poppy came to Higher Education after over a decade working in London primary schools.

Poppy holds a degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status from Edgehill University, with a specialism in Child Behaviour and Psychology of Learning. In addition, she has a Masters degree in Education, specialising in Leadership and Management in Education. For her Doctorate in Education, Poppy's thesis explored young girls' experiences of using social media, online interaction, and communication with others online in a 'third space', and how these interactions build up a social reality and impact upon identity formation.

She has worked in the education sector at a wide range of schools throughout London, both at Independent schools and state schools. Poppy has worked as a class teacher within both Key Stages, and with various coordinator and management roles, and has a wide range of interests in the National Curriculum. Key posts held include Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Head of Computing, Coordinator of PSHE and Citizenship, and Phase Leader of Year 3 and 4.

Poppy has also enjoyed working as a Learning Support Adviser at Birkbeck University of London since 2012, supporting students on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Posts Held Previously:

2017: Year 2 Teacher at Newberries Primary School, Radlett
2016: Year 3 and 4 Phase Leader at Capel Manor Primary School, Enfield
2012- Present: Learning Support Adviser at Birkbeck, University of London
2012-2016: Year 3 Teacher and Head of Computing at Channing Girls' School, Highgate
2010-2011: Year 3 Teacher and Head of PSHEC at Northwood Prep Boys' (now Merchant Taylors Prep), Rickmansworth
2008-2010: Year 5 Teacher and Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Croydon High School GDST, Surrey
2006-2008: Year 2 Teacher and Head of PSHE and Pastoral Care at Croydon High School GDST, Surrey

Responsibilities within the university

Poppy is the Programme Lead for the accelerated BA Hons in Primary Education, and also teaches on the 3-year BA in Primary Education, PGCE programme, and the MA in Education.

Poppy is also the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) coordinator for the department.


  • Finalist in the Staff Member of the Year, Vice Chancellors Awards 2019
  • Winner of the Faculty Star award at the Student Led Teaching Awards May 2019
  • Winner of the Extra Mile award at the Student Led Teaching Awards May 2018
  • Winner of the ECR Research Poster competition, November 2018
  • Winner of the ECR Research Poster competition, November 2017


  • Member of CREL (Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language)
  • External examiner for University of East London
  • External examiner for London South Bank University
  • Member of the AURORA network (completed the programme 2019)

Research / Scholarly interests

Poppy has a keen interest in identity and community, and the comparison between online and real-life identities we chose to create for ourselves, and the online communities we can exist in as a 'third space' between our home and school/work/academic lives. Poppy enjoys research into ethnomethodological practices such as Conversation Analysis, which helps to explore how our interactions with others are all part of a social reality we create for ourselves, showing we often aim to conform to unspoken cultural rules we impose on ourselves.

Recent publications


Gibson, Poppy Frances , Perera, Sharon, Morgan, Robert, Kerr, Bonnie (2019), Creating conditions for student success on a two-year accelerated degree. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 12 (1) ISSN: 2044-0081 (Print), 2044-0081 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v12i1.944).

Gibson, Poppy and , Smith, Sarah L. (2018), Digital literacies: preparing pupils and students for their information journey in the twenty-first century. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, Information and Learning Science ISSN: 2398-5348 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-07-2018-0059).

Gibson, Poppy , Shanks, Rehana, Dick, Suzie (2017), The EdD and one bedtime story more! An exploration of the Third-Space inhabited by mothers working in educational leadership whilst studying for a professional doctorate. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Management in Education, 31 (4) . pp. 172-179 ISSN: 0892-0206 (Print), 1741-9883 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020617738157).

Conference proceedings

Gibson, Poppy , Morgan, Robert, Perera, Sharon, Hartiss, Rachael (2020), Embedding academic skills at level 4, 5 & 6: Creating conditions for student success on a 2-year accelerated degree. University of Greenwich SHIFT 2020 Conference. In: , , , Effective Learning Relationships for Genuine Engagement and Freedom to Lear. University of Greenwich SHIFT 2020 Conference, (doi: https://docs.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/129832/Programme-SHIFT20_final.pdf).