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Academic Biography

Nicola is a Principal Lecturer (Learning and Teaching Excellence) in the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Team within the Academic Registry.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2009 was awarded the status of University Teaching Fellow.

Following the completion of her BA (Hons) Business Studies and MA Leisure Management Nicola became a Research Assistant for Leeds Metropolitan University. Her main research interests during this time were around racism in rugby league, leisure pools, leisure and the elderly and women in sport.  In 1996 she secured a Senior Lecturer position as Head of Programmes at Fife College of Further and Higher Education before moving to Teesside University in 1998 to take up the position of Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Leisure Management.  At Teesside University Nicola has designed, delivered and led degree programmes around the area of leisure management in addition to contributing to other programmes at both School and University level.

In 2006 she became a Principal Lecturer and up until 2015 held the position of School Learning and Teaching Coordinator taking a lead role in the development of learning and teaching across the School and the University.  In 2015 she took the post within Academic Registry and is currently leading the University's accredited Professional Development Framework in addition to other learning and teaching enhancement activities. 

Nicola has previously been involved in a number of discipline based research projects/activities but her current research interests are now more focused around pedagogic research and she has presented at conferences and published around the areas of feedback and assessment and work based learning.  Her current pedagogic research underpins her professional practice in enhancing the student learning and teaching experience.

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Research Output 2009 2013

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

A critical account of practice within an innovative Foundation degree in UK higher education

Smith, P., Poppitt, N. & Scott, J. M., 2013, In : Education and Training. 55, 6, p. 599-616

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Changing the mindset: An innovative work-based learning programme within an English higher education institution

Smith, P. J., Poppitt, N. & Scott, J., 27 May 2011, Compilation of proceedings: Sustaining growth through human resource development, 12th international conference, May 25-27, 2011. 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
discourse analysis
business school