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Nick Adams

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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 accredited BSc (Hons) in Biology programme and biology specialism in our BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences degree. I also manage our BSc (Hons) Health Sciences and postgraduate MSc in Mental Health Science programmes, and provide operational support for STEM Microcredentials. I previously managed BSc (Hons) in Combined STEM in the Open programme.

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

I have worked at the OU since 2008, supporting and managing science modules 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, health science 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