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Dr Victoria Nicholas

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Professional biography

Victoria (Vic) Nicholas is Associate Dean (Faculty & Strategy) in STEM. 

Vic gained her Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) in 2021. She was awarded her PhD from Nottingham Trent University and carried out post doctoral research at Harper Adams University. 

Research interests

Previous research was in the area of Plant Biochemistry, particularly focussed on post harvest degradation of root crops.  She has conducted a variety of eSTEeM funded research projects on Student Perceptions of online Practical Science and Students in Secure Environments.  She is currently working on an eSTEeM funded project investigating the impact of undergraduate writing retreats on student success.  She has published a book chapter for "Mobile Learning in STEM". 

Teaching interests

Vic is a Senior Lecturer and Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy.  Vic has been an Associate Lecturer with the OU since 2007 and has tutored on a variety different modules for the STEM Faculty.  She is currently an Associate Lecturer for S112 Science: concepts and practice

External collaborations

Vic is an external examiner for Newcastle University for the BSc/MBiol Biology programme


Multidisciplinary team working in science distance learning (2022)
Nicholas, Victoria; Hirst, Mark; Chyriwsky, Sarah and Danby, Grahame
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning ((Early access))

Mobile Learning for Online Practical Science Modules in Higher Education (2015-12-25)
Nicholas, Victoria
In: Crompton, Helen and John, Traxler eds. Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice (pp. 234-243)
ISBN : 978-1-138-81703-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon