Dr Nicoleta Gaciu PhD, MPhil, MSc, BSc, MInstP

Senior Lecturer in Education

Nicoleta is an active researcher and she has considerable experience in research methods, theoretical Physics, numerical simulations and tutoring various disciplines (Education, Physics, Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics) in universities throughout the UK and Europe. For more than two years, she has worked as a consultant, helping students and professionals with research design and data analysis. After her PhD, she was a Senior Research Fellow at Ashridge Leadership Centre investigating the applications of Physics to Leadership and organizational design. Prior to this, she has taught for many years in both primary and secondary schools. She was also Head of Teaching and Learning Committee and responsible for Continuous Professional Development for primary and secondary teachers.


P72001 Researching the 'Real' World: Positivism

P72009 Advanced Research Methods

p72011 Research2: Methods

P72013 Chaos Theory

p70009 Mind and Brain

U71724 Research Methods in Childhood and Education

U71199 Dissertation

P70311 Developing Reflective and Critical Practice

P70312 Research Informed Practice

Module Leader:

P72009 Advanced Research Methods

p72011 Research2: Methods

u71724 Research Methods in Education


Research interests: research methods in education, physics and leadership, meta-cognition, learning and teaching strategies, science education, creativity


Gaciu, N. and Aldridge, D. (2016) A Genealogy of Dualistic Ideas in Research Methods Textbooks, BERA Conference, Leeds 12-15 September

Gaciu, N. (2015) Mapping metacognition, lesson planning and reflection for teaching and learning, International Conference ‘Education and Development Cooperation’, University of Cordoba, Spain

Gaciu, N. (2013) Exploring metacognitive strategies through MetaCS maps, Oxford Education Research Symposium, University Church of St Mary, Oxford

Gaciu, N. (2012) Enhancing the trainee teachers’ learning and teaching Physics through metacognitive strategies, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore,  Milano

Gaciu, N. (2012) On the same wavelength: Physics and Leadership, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

Gaciu, N. (2007) Invited talk: Physics and Leadership, International Leadership Conference, Ashridge

Gaciu,N.,  Gehrig,E. and  Hess, O. (2003)  High-speed modulation properties of segmented contact semiconductor lasers, Deutschen Physikalishen Gesellschaft, Dresden, Germany

Crisan,V., Popescu, V., Vernes, A., Andreica, D., Cristea, S., Buda, I. and Gaciu, N. (1994) Electronic States in Y2Fe17Cx, Poster Session, Conference on Balkan Physical Union, Izmir,Turkey

Gaciu, N. (2000) Information Technology in teaching and learning 10th National Symposium, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Convenor for the BERA Science Education SIG


Between 2012 and 2014 I was actively involved with my colleagues from Bordeaux University, Universidad de Córdoba, University de Nantes, and Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg in the Erasmus programme TTIMS (Teacher Training in Multicultural Settings).


Academic supervisor for BA, MA, EdD and PhD research students

International student academic advisor

Academic advisor for EdD students


Nicoleta is a member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP), Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), BERA full member

Academic qualifications

PhD in Physics (University of Surrey)

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education  (PCTHE) (Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development)

MPhil in Physics (University of Surrey)

MSc in Physics (University of Stuttgart)

BSc in Physics (Babes-Bolyai University)


  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Other


Gaciu, N. and Keller, G. (2015) Managerial Statistics. Cengage Learning EMEA

Gaciu, N. (2010) Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Bio and Optoelectronic Systems. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

Journal articles

Gaciu, N., Dalzel, L., Davis, J., Diamond, A. and Howard, S. (2017) Trainee Teachers’ Reflections on Approaches to Enhance their Subject Knowledge in Physics and Mathematics, Teacher Education Advancement Network, 9(1), pp. 36-44

Gaciu, N. (2015) Mapping metacognition, lesson planning and reflection for teaching and learning (El uso de mapas para la metacognición, la planificación docente y la reflexión en el proceso de enseñanza- aprendizaje), International Journal for 21st Century Education, 2(2015), pp. 61-68. ISSN:2444-3921

Gaciu, N., Gehrig, E. and Hess, O. (2004). High-speed modulation dynamics of twin-stripe lasers. Proc. SPIE 5452, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics, 344 (September 1, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.544636

Gehrig, E., Gaciu, N., Pessa, M. and Hess, O. (2003). High-frequency modulation of twin-stripe semiconductor lasers. Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices Xi 4986, pp.77-85.

Crisan,V.,  Popescu, V., Vernes, A., Andreica, D., Burda, I., Cristea, S.,  Gaciu, N. and Graur, M. (1995). Band Effects in Magnetostrictive Properties of the Y2Fe17 Compound, Physica Status Solidi (b), 189(1), pp. K27-K28


Book chapters

Gaciu, N., Gehrig, E. and Hess, O. (2008). ‘Control of Broad-Area Laser Dynamics with Delayed Optical Feedback’, in: Handbook of Chaos Control. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, pp. 427-453


Contribution to the publication:

Serway, R., Jewett, J., Wilson, K., Wilson, A. and Rowlands, W. (2016) Physics for Global Scintists and Engineers (vol.1 and 2), Cengage Learning Australia

Mandre, S.K. (2006). Controlling the Emission Properties of High Power Semiconductor Laser: Stabilization by Optical Feedback and Coherence Control, Berlin: Logos Verlag

Illustrations for the medical book:

Gavrilas, F and Oprea, V. (2002) Elements of surgery in inguinal–femoral hernia, Cluj-Napoca:OELTY Publishing House

Non-refereed contribution:

Irimie, N. (2001). Art sketches, art critiques, Cluj-Napoca: Hanyana News Publishing House