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Nick Cartwright is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Acadamy (HEA). Nick plays a full teaching and scholarship role with experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He currently designs and delivers core modules at levels four, six, and seven as well as being an undergraduate and post-graduate dissertation supervisor.

Nick wrote his PhD on race equality and education and it is grounded in critical race theory, criticial race pedgaogy and critical race feminism.  Nick's MPhil thesis investigated the philsophical reasoning used by the judicary in a case about the withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment.  Nick also has a PGCert in Higher Education and an LLB (Dual Hons) in Law and Philosophy.  

Nick has lectured law since 2000, starting as an Associate Lecturer at Keele University. He has also held posts at Keele, Chester and Reading Universities and Kaplan Holborn College as well as a Visiting Lectureship at Mahatma Law School, the University of Shendi in the Sudan. 

Nick is  an internal assessor for fellowship and senior fellowship applications to the HEA.

Research Interests

Nick was awarded his PhD in 2021, having passed hix viva without corrections.  His PhD explores the equality of experience of students, focusing on race and gender, this work is grounded in critical race theory and critical race pedaagogy.  Nick has peer reviewed research published in leading academic journals and expert comment pieces in leading national publications. Nick is currently working on chapters for a book on global firearms reduction and researching the experiences of Black students in both teaching spaces and halls of residence.

Teaching Interests

Nick is currently module leader for two undergraduate module, namely Learning the Law and Jurisprudence and Current Legal Issues, and also teaches on the Medical Law module.  At postgraduate level Nick is module leader for Public International Law and Research Methods and teaches on the Diversity, Migration and the Law and Firearms modules.  

External Roles

Nick was apponted as a member of the TASO (Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education) Sector Network in 2021.

Nick is currently working with the Halpin Partnership researching the experiences of Black students.

Nick has recently worked with the UNODC as an expert on firearms law contributing to their Education 4 Justice project as an expert panel member in Europe and Central America and has facilitated a training session in the Balkans.

Nick has previously served as a Director of Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council (2014-2018)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Dominance and Subordination: A Case Study of Race, Identity and Pedagogy in Higher Education, University of Northampton

31 May 20145 Mar 2021

Award Date: 5 Mar 2021

PGCE, PGCertHE, University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 28 Feb 2009

MPhil, An analysis of the philosophical reasoning used by the judges in Bland v Airedale NHS Trust, Keele University

Award Date: 1 Feb 2009

Bachelor, LLB (Dual Hons) Law and Philosophy, Keele University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999

External positions

TASO Sector Network

15 Jan 2021 → …

Expert Panel Member, United Nations

1 Jun 20181 Oct 2019

Director, Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council

1 Mar 20141 Nov 2018


  • BJ Ethics
  • JX International law
  • K Law (General)
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform


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