Nick is an applied technologist with a passion for seeing technology make a difference to the lives of people. He has explored the use of technology in fields as diverse as telecare, interpersonal communication, international collaborative education, rehabilitation and assistive technology and business intelligence applied to exploring the quality of Colombian coffee.
On completing his undergraduate studies, and after a period in industry, in 1984 he set up a vocational training course for disabled adults leading to IT-based employment in mainstream commerce and industry. This took place within a Europe-wide research study into the impact of becoming disabled on a person’s life. He moved to Belgium in 1989 for 3 years and conducted research at KUL into the usage and usability of broadband telecommunications system by disabled people. Moving to Dundee in 1992, he focused on the use of telecommunications technology by non speaking people, and the related issues for motor impaired people and deaf people. From this emerged an interest in stories, both as a vehicle for human communication and education and at a technical level thinking about how stories are embedded in data. In order to share the insights gained in applied computing he established the Masters of User Experience Engineering at the University of Dundee.
The job of an academic is to explore and find new insights and knowledge, but it the responsibility of those outside academia to apply that knowledge to real contexts. For this reason, in late 2014 he left academic life to take a job where he could do that. For nearly 2 years he was Head of Technology at Nash College, part of the Livability family.
In 2016 he returned to academia at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where again he established the MSc programme in User Experience Engineering.