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Nick Adams

Profile summary

Professional biography

Role at the OU
In my role as Senior Manager (Qualifications) I work closely with academic and support teams in managing and delivering our RSB interim accredited BSc (Hons) in Biology programme and biology specialism in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences degree. I also manage our new BSc (Hons) Biomedical SciencesBSc (Hons) Health Sciences and postgraduate MSc in Mental Health Science programmes in the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences. Across STEM more broadly, I provide operational support for STEM Microcredentials and I previously managed the BSc (Hons) in Combined STEM degree in the Open programme.

I oversee presentation of the second stage Masters in Mental Health Science module, SD816 Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia as Curriculum Manager.

I have worked at the OU since 2008, helping to develop and deliver science curriculum across a range of FHEQ levels. I previously served as Curriculum Manager on the production and first presentation of the multidisciplinary Stage 1 science module S112 Science: concepts and practice and a range of other modules up to PG Level (including the first stage of the Mental Health Science programme, S826 Introduction to mental health science).


  • Master of Biology, MBiol (Hons) in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Bath (2004-08), First
  • Master of Education (Leadership and Management), The Open University (2014-2017)
  • Master of Science (Open), The Open University (2014-2021), Distinction
  • APMP (APM Project Management, IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7, June 2014), Pass


Research interests

My particular interests are around leadership in higher education, online learning pedagogy and technology-enhanced learning, the role of peer review in distance education and the use of social media to engage students and enquirers. 

Teaching interests

  • Qualification Manager for undergraduate biology, biomedical sciences, health sciences and postgraduate mental health science
  • SD816 Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia - Curriculum Manager
  • Previously managed: S112 Science: concepts and practice - production and first presentation; S826 Introduction to mental health science, Science Short Modules / Science Non-accredited learning and a range of other undergraduate modules in Science; BSc (Hons) Combined STEM 
  • eSTEeM project with Prof Jim Iley investigating the S112 assessment strategy: student behaviours and subsequent success in higher level study.
  • General interest in learning and teaching of life sciences.