Martin Nickson

Lecturer in Education

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 465227

Martin's interest in education began in the early 1980s as a youth worker in Liverpool and Leicester.

Later, he spent 20 years working in cultural and heritage industries in the UK and Canada as a senior project manager.

Examples of his work include the Red Bay National Historic Site in Labrador, Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Education was central to this work andMartin's broad role included training highly specialised artisans and co-ordinating educational, linguistic and cultural content with local communities.

He returned to the UK in 2008 to work in academia.



Research Interests

  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) – policy, pedagogy, learner experience
  • Educational and social policy
  • Adult education, particularly life long and informal education

Research groups

  • Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies


Nickson, M., 2014. 'Content in ESOL: what do learners find useful and important?' Language Issues 25, 17–24

Nickson, M. 2012. 'The Reluctant Freieian'. In G. White, P. Schellekens (eds) ES(O)L Special Interest Group Newsletter UK: IATEFL, 22-24

Nickson, M.J. (2013). 'Volunteer ESOL teaching: Local pedagogy or teaching without a theory?' In Donnelly, K. and Formato, F. (eds) Volume 7. Papers from LAEL PG 2012.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • An Introduction to Education Policy and Learning
  • Informal and Non-Formal Learning

Research PhDs

  • Sociolinguistic approaches to ESOL/TESOL
  • Education Policy
  • Higher Education Policy

Teaching awards and accolades

  • PCAP (completion Jan 2018)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Education Studies with Psychology (First Class Honours)
  • PhD (Applied Linguistics, Hull)

External roles

  • National policy advisor on ESOL (DEMOS consultation 2014)
  • Member of National Association for the Teaching of English and Community Languages (NATECLA).
  • Dissemination: Research featured in an internal newsletter from a local college
  • Collaboration with Friends for English, a local Community Interest Company, supporting and co-ordinating ESOL in community settings