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Nicola is Deputy Head of Education in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society at the University of Northampton . She is a senior lecturer in inclusive studies, special educational needs, disability and diversity and programme lead for the National Award in SEN Co-ordination. She teaches on Undergraduate and Master's programmes and works with Psychology on the Education Mental Health Practitioner programme.

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 completed her PhD 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 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. She has been involved in research and practice in this field of restorative justice since 1996. Nicola has a BA (Hons) in psychology and two Masters degrees. She is a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Education, University of Northampton

Award Date: 26 Jul 2013

Master, Restorative Practices and Relationships, University of Chester

Award Date: 27 Jul 2012

PGCE, National Award in SEN Co-ordination, University of Northampton

Award Date: 29 Jul 2011

PGCE, Advanced Educational Practice, Oxford Brookes University

Award Date: 24 Jul 2009

Bachelor, Psychology, University of Reading

Award Date: 26 Jul 1985

External positions

Director, Leading Learning for Special Educational Needs & Disability CiC

20 Dec 2022 → …

Member of British Psychological Society

1 Jul 2018 → …

Adjunct Faculty, International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School


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