Dr Poppy Gibson

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching , Mind and Behaviour

Courses taught: Primary Education Studies

Dr Poppy Gibson is a Senior Lecturer whose key interests involve children’s psychological development and mental health.

Email: poppy.gibson@aru.ac.uk
Twitter: @poppygibsonuk


Poppy moved into higher education after over a decade working in London primary schools. Poppy holds a Doctorate in Education from Oxford Brookes University. Poppy's doctoral thesis was awarded the ‘Most Downloaded’ from EThOS databases in Autumn 2020. Her 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. Poppy’s first degree was 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.

Poppy 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 also enjoyed working as a Learning Support Adviser at Birkbeck University of London from 2012 to 2018, supporting students on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Research interests

  • Children’s learning and development
  • Children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Interventions for anxiety and depression
  • The use of therapy animals

Areas of expertise

  • Child psychology
  • Mental health
  • Ed tech


Primary Education Studies accelerated Blended course lead and senior lecturer in Primary Education, ESC


  • Inside-Out Prison Exchange Practitioner (August 2021)
  • Doctor of Education, Oxford Brookes University
  • Master of Education (Leadership and Management), Open University London
  • Master of Science (Mental Health Science), Open University London
  • BA (Hons) in Primary Education (Child Psychology and Behaviour)
  • Completed the AURORA Women in HE programme (2019)

Selected recent publications

McDonald, R. and Gibson, P. (2021) Inspiring Primary Learners: Insights and Inspiration Across the Curriculum. Routledge: London available at routledge.com/Inspiring-Primary-Learners-Insights-and-Inspiration-Across-the-Curriculum/McDonald-Gibson/p/book/9780367110659

Gibson, P., & Bale, A. (2021). The body healing phenomenon: learning, teaching and living through a pandemic. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 14(2). doi: doi.org/10.21100/compass.v14i2.1206

Gibson, P., Morgan, R., Sinclair, A., Hartiss, R., Kosek, A., & Clark, A. (2021). The power of a partnership approach: the tripartite relationship between academics, academic skills staff and students. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 14(2). doi: doi.org/10.21100/compass.v14i2.1175

Gibson, P., & Coombes, S. (2020). Confronting the imposter: the role of conference presentation for confidence-building in academics. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 13(2). doi: doi.org/10.21100/compass.v13i2.1033

Recent presentations and conferences

SHIFT Teaching and Learning Conference, London, January 2020 - Creating conditions for student success on a 2-year accelerated degree. - Poppy Gibson, Robert Morgan, Rachel Hartiss, Andrew Sinclair, Sharon Perera

‘Finding the motivation to write’ - Speaker at the EdD Writers Retreat for University of Greenwich, February 2020

Media experience

‘Being Mentally Healthy’ – Radio show guest on The Danny Andrews Radio Show, January 2019 speaking about how to improve our mental health and wellbeing.