Dr Mark Gibson

Senior Lecturer in Education

School of Education, Humanities and Languages

Mark Gibson


Mark has taught in schools in England for more than 30 years with 10 of those in senior leadership. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.  His specialism is Educational Leadership and Management and teaches on post graduate programmes. He is the pathway leader for the Educational Leadership and Management route of the MA and he leads multiple modules.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Research Methods (ML)
  • Leading and Managing People in Education (ML)
  • Leading Change in Education (ML)
  • Educational Theory, Professionalism and Practice
  • Paradigms, Methodologies and Research Methods


Mark supervises MA dissertation and EdD Thesis students


Mark’s research is in the field of Educational Leadership & Management. Within the UK the focus of this has been around structural reform, particularly Academisation. Internationally he researches the leadership of International Schools.

Research group membership

  • BELMAS Structural Reform Research Interest Group (RIG) Co-convener
  • BELMAS Leadership Preparation & Development (LPD) Research Interest Group (RIG) 

Research projects

  • Leadership of International Schools (with Dr Lucy Bailey, University of Bahrain). This has involved looking at the work of principals, parents and owners of international schools in Malaysia. To date there have been three journal articles and one book chapter published on our results.
  • ‘School and College Leaders’ experiences of GCSE & A level changes in 2021’ [UREC Registration No: L20243] (with Dr Lucy Bailey, University of Bahrain)
  • ‘International school leaders’ experiences of leading the changes in international schools during the Covid-19 pandemic’ (with Dr Lucy Bailey, University of Bahrain)



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS) 
  • Gibson (2016) Written evidence to House of Commons Education Committee Inquiry on Multiple Academy Trusts


  • Gibson , M.T (2017c) Who cares for the Leader?  CASUGOL Leadership 2017 Conference, Singapore. Oct 24th 2017
  • Gibson, M.T & Simon, S (2017b) When things come to a head: the going gets tough. Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Conference. Sydney, Australia. 4th-6th October 2017.
  • Gibson, M.T & Simon, S (2017a). Off with their heads! International comparisons of the effect on ex-principals following involuntary occupation dissolution. The British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference. Stratford-on-Avon, UK  7th- 9th July 2017.
  • Gibson M.T. (2016) Post Leadership: school leaders’ strategies in identity reconfiguration following loss of post. Paper presented at British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS).  8th-10th July.  Chester. UK
  • Gibson M. T. (2015) 'Motivations of Academy School Sponsors' Paper presented at the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) International Conference, Reading UK, July 10th-12th
  • Gibson, M. T. (2014) 'Leaders of Sponsored Academy Schools in England: in ‘chains’? '. Paper presented at the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) International Conference, ‘Educational Policy and Practice: Can leaders shape the landscape?’. Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK 11th-13th July

Further details

Press, publicity and reviews

UK National Press Articles about his research