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Nicola is a senior lecturer in special educational needs and inclusion at the University of Northampton and programme lead for the National Award in SEN Co-ordination.

She has 25 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher in restorative justice and restorative practices and is adjunct faculty for the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School based in Pennsylvania. Nicola Preston is a PhD researcher at the University of Northampton, UK investigating relational approaches to school exclusion and has presented extensively on the subject both nationally and internationally.

Before taking up her current academic role, Nicola has been involved in research and practice in this field of restorative justice since 1996 as an operational police officer and more recently a primary school (4-11) teacher, special educational needs co-ordinator and safeguarding lead in schools in areas of high deprivation. Nicola has a BA (Hons) in psychology and two Masters degrees. She is on the Editorial Committee of the European Forum for Restorative Justice and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Northampton

Award Date: 26 Jul 2013

Master, University of Chester

Award Date: 27 Jul 2012

PGCE, University of Northampton

Award Date: 29 Jul 2011

PGCE, Oxford Brookes University

Award Date: 24 Jul 2009

Bachelor, University of Reading

Award Date: 26 Jul 1985

External positions

Member of British Psychological Society

1 Jul 2018 → …

Adjunct Faculty, International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School

Trustee, Thames Valley Partnership

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Research Output

Restorative Justice use in school

Preston, N., 30 Sep 2019, Children and Young People Now, September 2019, p. 14 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationMagazine

  • Restorative Practices, Affect Script Psychology and the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

    Preston, N., 4 Dec 2015, The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 65-81 17 p. (The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter


    • 1 Membership of board

    Thames Valley Partnership (External organisation)

    Nicola Preston (Member)

    7 Dec 2015

    Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of boardResearch