Dr Francis Gilbert

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Education, Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education & course leader for PGCE English
Department Educational Studies
Email f.gilbert (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7364
Dr Francis Gilbert

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) English Literature (Sussex University, 1989)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in English and Drama (Cambridge University, 1991)
  • Masters (MA) in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia, 1992)
  • Diploma in Journalism (London College of Printing, 1998)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching for Higher Education (PG Cert) (Goldsmiths College, 2012)
  • PhD in Creative Writing and Education (Goldsmiths, June 2015)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy SFHEA (2019)


Francis is the Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education and course leader for PGCE English. He teaches on both programmes, including:

  • Modules on the MA in Creative Writing and Education, including Research into Creative Writing Practices and Creative Writing Pedagogies & Identities (2017 to present)
  • University-based sessions on the Secondary PGCE, including ones on the teaching of English and Professional Studies (2015 to present)

Professional projects

Francis has organised a number of conferences at Goldsmiths, including ones on Reading for Pleasure and Teaching Creative Writing. He runs a project with the Widening Participation Team which encourages young people in local schools, hospitals and charities to write creatively, leading to their work being published in an anthology at the end of the academic year. He has made numerous and ongoing appearances on television as an educational commentator, including BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Channel 4 Dispatches, Sky News, ITV News, and Channel 4 News. He has also been featured in radio programmes including Radio 4’s Today programme, Woman’s Hour, and Review, among others.

Featured work

How Teaching to the Test Depresses Results, OCR (Oxford and Cambridge exam board) conference, Cambridge, March 2019.

Gilbert, Francis. 2019. Snow on the Danube. London: Blue Door Press. ISBN 9781916475403

Gilbert, Francis. 2018. The Mindful English Teacher: A Toolkit for Learning and Well-Being. London: FGI Publishing. ISBN 978-1974255863


Research Interests

Creative and Life Writing; Educational Studies



Gilbert, Francis. 2019. Snow on the Danube. London: Blue Door Press. ISBN 9781916475403

Gilbert, Francis. 2018. The Mindful English Teacher: A Toolkit for Learning and Well-Being. London: FGI Publishing. ISBN 978-1974255863

Gilbert, Francis. 2017. Who Do You Love. London: Blue Door Press. ISBN 978-1539626183

Gilbert, Francis. 2017. How to Get A Great English Degree. London: FGI Publishing. ISBN 978-1492282181


Gilbert, Francis and Pitfield, Maggie. 2019. Teaching 1984 in the surveillance culture of schools. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 18(1), pp. 85-99. ISSN 1175-8708

Gilbert, Francis. 2019. Mindfulness and Creative Writing. Writing in Education(77), ISSN 1361-8539

Gilbert, Francis. 2019. The Teachers' Standards and English Teaching. Teaching English(19), pp. 33-36. ISSN 2051-7971

Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Riding the Reciprocal Teaching Bus A teacher’s reflections on nurturing collaborative learning in a school culture obsessed by results. Changing English, 25(2), pp. 146-162. ISSN 1469-3585

Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Aesthetic literacy and autobiography. Writing in Practice, 4, ISSN 2058-5535

Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Mindfulness and English Teaching. Teaching English, 16, pp. 54-56. ISSN 2051-7971

Gilbert, Francis. 2017. Where did all the male teachers go? The Times, ISSN 0140-0460

Gilbert, Francis. 2017. Dreaming of a Better World. Teaching English,

Gilbert, Francis. 2017. The Creative Writing Teacher’s Toolkit. Writing in Education, 2017(73),

Gilbert, Francis. 2016. The Dark Alleyway. Writing in Education, 70(2016), ISSN 1361-8539

Francis, Gilbert. 2016. We need to reform the academy system – and stop the power-hungry super-heads. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077

Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Aesthetic Learning, Creative Writing and English Teaching. Changing English, 23(3), pp. 257-268. ISSN 1358-684X

Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Freedom and the new English GCSEs. Teaching English,

Gilbert, Francis. 2016. The Party in the Snow. GLITS-E, 2015/6(5),

Gilbert, Francis. 2015. Corbyn? Blimey, yes! Politico EU,

Gilbert, Francis. 2014. 'Sacked': Extract from the novel Who Do You Love? Glits-e: a Journal of Criticism, 4,

Gilbert, Francis. 2012. 'But sir, I lied – The value of autobiographical discourse in the classroom'. English in Education, 46(2), pp. 198-211. ISSN 0425-0494

Gilbert, Francis. 2012. Novel extract from Who Do You Love? Glits-e: a Journal of Criticism, 2,

Conference or Workshop Item

Gilbert, Francis. 2019. 'Improving your results without teaching to the test'. In: Improving Results without teaching to the test: four key lessons. Cambridge, United Kingdom 27 March 2019.

Gilbert, Francis. 2017. 'Reciprocity and reading'. In: Reciprocity and reading. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 14th September 2017.


Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Lines of Work: Teacher Francis Gilbert on Rousseau.


Gilbert, Francis. 2015. Who Do You Love? The Novel of my Life (Creative Writing thesis) and Building Beauty: the Role of Aesthetic Education in my Teaching and Writing Lives (commentary on the Creative Writing thesis). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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