Nigel's research involvement includes work on graduate employees, student course choice, formative assessment and school culture. He has also provided teacher training in relation to fostering student leadership, learning motivation and employability skills.
He is currently working on a project at WISERD, Cardiff University looking at the impact of curriculum reform in Wales on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Nigel's PhD research explored the relationship between school culture and students' educational engagement. The research was carried out in Quaker schools in England and the findings point to the importance of a disposition towards inclusiveness in relation to students’ willingness to engage in the learning opportunities their school provides.
Previously, he taught English, Classical Civilisation & World Development mainly in Further Education. He also wrote for the TES FE Focus on a range of subjects including college marketing, lecturer professionalism and the 'skills economy'.
One of Nigel’s papers, "The use of semi-structured interviews..." is in the top five all time most viewed papers on Academia.edu. But he prefers his article on Michael Polanyi and Jurgen Habermas.
Finally, Nigel was once short listed for the Bridport Poetry Competition Prize.
Nigel is interested in the complex relationships between personal values & interests, school & organisational cultures and social structures, and the way we can find out about any of these things. He is concerned with social justice and equity within educational systems.