Marie Potter

Marie Potter

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837 100 ext.564
Visiting address:

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts, University of Leeds


  • PGCE, University of Leeds

Professional Qualifications

  • City & Guilds Assessor Awards D32 D33,

  • Diploma in Early Years Preschool Learning Alliance (PPA),

  • PEAK Research Ethics Committe - Keele University,

  • Transnational Trainer Award - Leeds Metropolitan University,

  • Tutor Award (PPA) Preschool Learning Alliance,


Marie was, for fifteen years, the manager of an Early Years setting which incorporated aspects of the Steiner Waldorf approach, later becoming a freelance lecturer and consultant specialising in parenting, behaviour management, social and emotional development. During this time she took up appointments as adviser and CPD trainer to Leeds Education Authority and Leeds Hospitals, delivering training to paediatric medics, play therapists, teachers and nursery workers.

Marie was part of the team asked to develop a range of courses to support communities across West Yorkshire, later working with the University of Leeds Continuing Education Department and Leeds Social Services delivering these programmes across Leeds. The work involved supporting families with troubled children who were excluded from nursery and school; in addition, and what was innovative at the time, work with male offenders separated from their children whilst awaiting trial.

Before joining Leeds Trinity, Marie worked as Senior lecturer and Programme Leader in FE at Park Lane College and HE at Bradford University Centre (McMillan) delivering a range of programmes in Early Childhood Studies; Post-compulsory Education Teacher Training; Education Studies and QTS. Whilst at Park Lane Marie was involved in overseas training and placements working across France and Majorca, Spain. Whilst at McMillan, she was also involved in the development and oversight of the University Centre’s Research Ethics Committee.




Teaching and Administration

Programme Leader:

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

BA (Hons) Education Studies

BA (Hons) Education and Religious Studies


Module Leader:

CYP4162 Unique Child: Social and Emotional Development

CYP5172 Supporting Transitions

CYP6002 Critical Issues and Contemporary Debates


Undergraduate Research Project Supervisor (CYPF)

Postgraduate Dissertation Supervisor (MA Education)

Personal Tutor (Levels 4, 5 and 6)



Leeds Trinity University Learning and Teaching Committee

Institute of Childhood and Education Research Ethics Committee


Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

British Educational Research Association (BERA)


Peer Reviewer:

Journal of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Journal

Research interests

LGBT+ Awareness in early years settings 

Professional Ethics: working with young children

Gendered dispositions in the early years workforce

Glazzard, J. Potter, M. and Stones, S. (2019) Positive Mental Health: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Young Children. St Albans: Critical Publishing