Associate Dean (Student Experience)
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Nick is Head of the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, having joined what is now Birmingham City University in 2003. He was Course Leader for the School’s RTPI-accredited undergraduate planning degrees for a number of years, including leading the design of the BSc (Hons) Planning & Development route in 2006, and was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies to overview the entire BSc programme in 2008. In 2010 he was appointed Head of his department, which in 2011 was renamed Birmingham School of the Built Environment to coincide with moving to the City Centre Campus at Millennium Point. He was elected Vice-Chair of the UK’s Council of Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE) in 2012.
Prior to joining the University, he completed a PhD in urban geography and planning at the University of Birmingham in 1998, and worked on number of research projects, including as Principal Researcher on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled Historical Layering and the Form of Urban Regeneration. He also held various Visiting Lecturer posts at UCE Birmingham (as it was then called), the University of Leicester, and the University of Wolverhampton.
In recognition of his innovative classroom teaching and track record in curriculum development, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2006, building upon a University Teaching Fellowship won in 2005. As part of a cross-University research team, he secured one of the first round of National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Projects, worth £200,000, in 2007.
He has also carried out consultancy work for Birmingham City Council and Stratford upon Avon District Council, and his most recent publication, ‘Drawing lines on maps: morphological regions and planning practices’ (with Professor P.J. Larkham), appears in the October 2011 edition of the journal Urban Morphology.