Gerry was awarded his degree at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) before completing both his PGCE and Master's degrees at London University's (UCL) Institute of Education and his PhD at King's College London.
His research interests include teaching and learning, student voice, teacher and teacher educator identity, CPD and prison education.
Gerry passionately worked in the multi-cultural environment in the London Borough of Newham for ten years teaching humanities, sociology and business studies at secondary and post-sixteen levels before gradually moving into teaching within Higher Education within both the political sciences and education (The Open University, University of Northampton, London Metropolitan University and London University's Institute of Education).
Gerry runs the doctoral programmes (PhD and Professional Doctorate in Education) at the School of Education and Communities.
He is the founding editor of Research in Teacher Education, Deputy Editor of the journal Management in Education and on the advisory board of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies.
He reviews for a wide range of educational journals (including the European Journal of Teacher Education and the Journal of Education Policy) and for book publishers including SAGE, Routledge and Emerald.
Gerry holds a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and is a trustee and council member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). Gerry is the Lead Editor of The BERA Blog, Chair of the British Curriculum Forum and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Gerry is the editor of the bi-annual periodical, Research in Teacher Education, from the School of Education and Communities. This publication offers a forum for informed debate and discussion on all aspects of teacher education. The publication showcases articles and book reviews from members of staff and the wider teacher education community within and beyond the UK. While nurturing and publicising the creative talent within teacher educators the periodical seeks to stimulate, provoke and extend discussion and debate with all other professionals involved in the professional development of teachers.
Gerry teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses and runs the Doctoral programmes (PhD and Professional Doctorate in Education). In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is:
- Research Mentor
- Athena Swan Mentor
- Practitioner Research Group Leader
- Research Degrees Leader
- Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Education
- Postgraduate Research Lead
- Chair of the School's Research Degrees Subcommittee
- Editor of Research in Teacher Education