Dr Gareth Bates

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching

Gareth is an experienced lecturer and teacher who worked in several secondary schools before moving into Higher Education as a teacher Educator. Gareth is an active researcher who is interested in teacher development and school improvement.

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After completing his PhD in Chemistry Gareth trained as a secondary school science teacher and went on to work in several secondary schools teaching science. Gareth moved into Higher Education in 2017 at the University of Bedfordshire, where he taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and had leadership responsibility for the PGCE secondary science programme. More recently, he was the course lead for the PgCert in teaching in Higher Education.

Research interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • School improvement
  • Science Education

Gareth has developed his research interests through his experience with working with schools and teachers to develop their practice. More recently, he has gained interest in how new lecturers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds develop their teaching in higher education settings.


  • PgCert in teaching in Higher Education
  • Primary Education Studies


  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Southampton
  • MChem, University of York

Selected recent publications

Bates, G. and Connolly, S., 2022. ‘Different people, different backgrounds, different identities’: Filling the vacuum created by policy views of ‘cultural capital’. Curriculum journal (London, England). https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.198.

Bates, G., 2021. ‘Chemistry’ in Cuthbert, A.S. and Standish, A., 2021. What should schools teach? disciplines, subjects, and the pursuit of truth. Second edition. ed. London: UCL Press.