Staff profile

Gemma Louise Taylor

Senior lecturer in ITE

Gemma Taylor


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education



I joined the University of Derby in September 2016 as a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, working across the teacher training programmes.

The main elements of my role involve teaching lectures and workshops to undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teachers, visiting them on school placement and managing their tutorials as the Personal Academic Tutor lead for my department.

Prior to this, I was a primary education practitioner for six years working in Derby and Sheffield, specialising in Upper Key Stage 2.


Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach on the Wider Curriculum modules for undergraduates on the B.Ed and M.Edu programmes. This includes learning and teaching of the 11 foundation subjects of the primary National Curriculum. I am the humanities specialist for students choosing this subject pathway.

I also teach on the Science and Computing modules for undergraduate students and support final year students in writing their independent study research projects as a dissertation supervisor. 

In addition, I visit students out on school placements as a University Link Tutor.


Professional interests

I am the Personal Academic Tutor lead for my department and have spent time reshaping this support system to best fit the needs of trainee teachers on a professional programme. I deliver training to the other academic staff in my department and oversee the running of Personal Academic Tutorials across the B.Ed and M.Edu programmes.

Research interests

My most recent research has been on Staff and Student Perspectives of Personal Tutoring in Initial Teacher Education. I conducted a small-scale case study which formed the dissertation for my Masters in Education. This research was presented at the UK Advisory and Tutoring Conference 2018.

My other research interests include: the Emotional Impact of Peer Assessment, Teaching Primary Geography, Student Wellbeing, and the Role of British Values and SMSC in Education. 

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Uk Advisory and Tutoring Committee


BA Human Geography - University of Sheffield

PGCE Primary Education - University of Derby

PGcert Higher Education - University of Derby

MA Education - University of Derby

Recent conferences

I presented my research on Personal Tutoring at the UK Advisory and Tutoring Conference at the University of Derby, 2018.

Experience in industry

Classroom practitioner - Gayton Primary School, Derby. R.E., SMSC & Design Technology coordinator.

Classroom practitioner - Walkley Primary School, Sheffield. ICT coordinator.