Gurmit Uppal (PhD student)

Thesis title: Children's online experiences: A case study exploring children's and teachers' perceptions of occurrence, typology, impact and resilience in relation to online bullying and its connection to school-based bullying


I am currently a PhD student at Moray House, having previously completed an MA in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Research.  I have been a qualified primary teacher for over 20 years and currently teach computing in a London Borough school.  As well as teaching primary-aged pupils, I have also worked in Higher Education since 2010 as a Senior Lecturer on initial teacher training programmes.


2020 Higher Education Academy – Senior Fellowship Award

2017 University of East London - Postgraduate Diploma in Education Research

2012 University of East London – MA in Education

1998 Anglia Ruskin University  – B.Ed (Honours) & QTS

Responsibilities & affiliations

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) Ambassador

Ambition Institute – Early Career Framework (ECT) Visiting Fellow

School Governor – London Borough of Havering

Google Certified Trainer & Microsoft Innovative Educator

Undergraduate teaching

I am currently leading the following undergraduate module for Y2 students at a London University: 

  • BA Education Studies: Introduction to Technology in Education module. 

Postgraduate teaching

I am currently teaching on a postgraduate teacher training programme at a London University, where I lead on computing and online safety sessions. 

I have previously led and taught on modules relating to:

  • Developing and extending understanding of a specific subject or area. (Computing & Physical Education)
  • Securing pupil rogress
  • School-based practice
  • Professional studies  

Research summary

My research interests centre around children’s online safety and computing education.  I am particularly interested in children’s online experiences, as well as their development of computational thinking skills.  

Uppal, G. (2020) Exploring and understanding pupils’ lack of perseverance and autonomy with debugging in computing.  Research in Teacher Education (RiTE)

Morris, D., Uppal, G. and Wells, D. (2017) Computational Thinking and Coding in Primary Schools: A Practical Guide for Teaching 3–11 year-olds, London: Sage.

Morris, D., Uppal, G. and Ayres, D. (2014) Creativity:  Learning and Teaching with ICT in English and Mathematics, in Leask, M.,Burden, K. and Younie, S. [Eds.] Learning to Teach using ICT in the Primary School. pp. 39—53 [2nd edn.] Abingdon: Routledge.