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Dr Cathy Gower
HP Lecturer - Education

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Dr Cathy Gower is the Head of the Department of Education in the College of Business Arts and Social Sciences (CBASS). She joined Brunel University in 1997 as the coordinator for the PGCE Secondary Physical Education with QTS programme and also worked extensively on both the BSc Secondary Physical Education with QTS programme and the BA Secondary Physical Education programme. Her work on these postgraduate and undergraduate teacher education programmes was informed by her career up to that point as a teacher of Physical Education in two local London boroughs. In 2009, Cathy became the Deputy Head of the School of Sport and Education with specific responsibility for the development of teaching and learning and associated quality assurance matters. In 2014, Cathy became the Director of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the Department of Education and led the Primary and Secondary teams to an 'outstanding' judgement for both phases of provision by Ofsted. Cathy is particularly proud to be the Head of the Department of Education at Brunel University London having previously been an undergraduate, masters and doctoral student at the University herself. Cathy is passionate about how the work of the Department of Education can contribute significantly to the advancement of research and practice in relation to both the education of young people and the education of practitioners in a range of different educational settings.


Dr Cathy Gower is the Head of the Department of Education in the College of Business Arts and Social Sciences.

Newest selected publications

Ellis, V., Gower, C., Frederick, K. and Childs, A. (2015) 'Formative interventions and practice-development: A methodological perspective on teacher rounds'. International Journal of Educational Research, 73. pp. 44 - 52. ISSN: 0883-0355 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gower, CP. (2013) 'Using narratives and video footage as a pedagogical approach in initial teacher education and professional learning'.PEITTE conference. Wolverhampton, UK. 21 [unpublished]

Conference paper

Gower, CP. (2010) 'Planning in physical education', in Capel, S. and Whitehead, M. (eds.) Learning to teach physical education in the secondary school. London : Routledge. pp. 24 - 45. ISBN 10: 0-415-56165-5. ISBN 13: 978-0-415-56165-5.

Book chapter

Gower, C. (2008) 'The use of critical pedagogy and critical literacy within a physical education dommunity of practice'. [Poster] Exhibited at. AfPE conference 2 7 2008


Flintoff, A., Chappell, A., Gower, C., Keyworth, S., Lawrence, J., Money, J., et al. (2008) 'Black and minority ethnic trainees’ experiences of physical education initial teacher training'. Place of publication: Carnegie Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University. Available at: Access Link

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