She began her career at Reading University teaching on the Foundation and Early Years Teacher Training Undergraduate Programme - design and technology strand. Alongside this she was researching 'Technological Practice and Frameworks for Technological Education’.
After several professional service and eLearning positions, she became a Programme Manager at Laureate Online Education. Based in Amsterdam, Nichola worked in collaboration with worldwide-based tutors, taught on the orientation programme and was personal tutor to over 400 distance learning students.
Nichola went on to hold five different learning technology and pedagogic positions at the University of Leicester. She was awarded a University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship for her ‘leadership in the design, development and delivery of innovative curricula and other teaching and learning enhancement projects that have made a substantial difference to the student learning experience’ (Degree Congregations Programme 2016).
For the past four years she has been Head of Digital Education where she led the policy, training and communication strands of their institution-wide roll-out of lecture capture. In 2021 she became Digital and Learning Innovation Manager. As part of the ALT-C ELESIG Scholar Pilot she is looking at the emotions created by the adoption of learning technologies and the impact this has on Digital Learning Environment development.