Marcus Bhargava


I lead the School of Education, Midwifery and Social Work, with strategic responsibility for the portfolio, research, knowledge exchange, people, and budget. My school leadership group and I aim to provide impactful professional education that makes our students sought after, and helps those they work with to thrive. I am a member of both our Faculty and University's Senior Leadership Group, and the Chair of our Faculty's Education, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Group.

I have worked in higher education since 2004, starting as a  lecturer in citizenship education at UCL Institute of Education, University of London before moving onto course leadership roles at London Metropolitan University and then head of initial teacher education at Goldsmiths, University of London. I joined Kingston University in 2015 as Head of School of Education, before founding the new multi-disciplinary school I currently lead in 2020. My background is in history, politics, and citizenship secondary school teaching.

I was a member of the Citizenship subject expert panel for the introduction of the 2008 and 2014 National Curriculum, and was consultant and project lead from 2007-2010 for the KS3 Exemplification of Citizenship Standards project for the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency. 

I am Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Association for Citizenship Teaching, and trustee and Chair of the Educational Standards Committee for the Coombe Academy Trust. I represent Kingston University on the University Alliance ITE leads group.

My academic activity focuses on social transformation through education, specifically in relation to citizenship education, teacher agency and innovation in curriculum design. 

Academic responsibilities

Head of School


  • MA, History of Education (with Distinction), Institute of Education, University of London (2011)
  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with Distinction), London Metropolitan University (2009)
  • PGCE History (with QTS), Institute of Education, University of London (1999)
  • BA (Hons) History, University College London (1997)
  • Certification, Teaching and Learning in Citizenship Education, DfES and Institute of Education (2006)
  • Facilitator Diploma, UK Secretariat for the European Pedagogical ICT Licence (2012)
  • Apple Teacher (2019)
  • Safer Recruitment (2022)

Teaching and learning


My own research and scholarship interests are in the following areas:

Design thinking in education, specifically how design thinking might be used to support radical transformation in learning conceptualisation and realisation

Curriculum and learning design

Citizenship education

Teacher education 

History of education

I am a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (Sage Publishing).

My Orcid ID is and a full list of my publications can be found at my Academia page:


Number of items: 7.


Bhargava, Marcus and Jerome, Lee (2020) Training teachers for and through citizenship : learning from citizenship experiences. Societies, 10(2), p. 36. ISSN (online) 2075-4698

Bhargava, Marcus J. (2018) 20 years on : in celebration of the citizenship teacher educator. Teaching Citizenship, 47, pp. 23-27. ISSN (print) 1474-9335


Jerome, Lee and Bhargava, Marcus (2015) Effective medium-term planning for teachers. Los Angeles, U.S. : Sage. 216p. ISBN 9781446273715

Book Section

Bhargava, Marcus (2015) Assessing citizenship. In: Gearon, Liam, (ed.) Learning to teach citizenship in the secondary school : a companion to school experience. 3rd ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 120-135. (Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series) ISBN 9780415826471

Conference or Workshop Item

Jerome, Lee and Bhargava, Marcus (2012) Power, politics and pedagogy : community organising and citizenship education. In: Creating Communities : Local, National and Global : Fourteenth Conference of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network; 24-26 May 2012, York, U.K..

Bhargava, Marcus and Smith, Rebecca (2010) Language, culture and identity: using rights as a theme for cross-curricular collaboration between citizenship and modern languages teachers. In: Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship : Twelfth Conference of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network; 20-22 May 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

Bhargava, Marcus, Brook, Victoria and Jerome, Lee (2009) Establishing a rights respecting initial teacher education course. In: Human Rights and Citizenship Education : Eleventh Conference of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network; 21-23 May 2009, Malmo, Sweden.

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Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • Member of Faculty Leadership Team (HSSCE)
  • Member of Kingston University Senior Leadership Group
  • Project Leader: Reimagining Learning (Kingston University 2030 Town House Strategy project )

Public and CIVIC roles

  • Chair of Board of Trustees: Association for Citizenship Teaching
  • Trustee: Coombe Academy Trust

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