Ms Nicola Taylor

Position: Programme Leader and Lecturer in Outdoor Leadership and Coaching

Subject area: Outdoor Recreation

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I currently teach across the undergraduate outdoor adventure degree programmes; I currently lead the following modules: Outdoor Experiential Education; Applied Adventure Sports Coaching; Philosophical Perspectives in Outdoor and Adventure; Practical Development in Climbing and Landbased Activities.

Professional interests

I am currently involved in research that explores the experiences of novice outdoor leaders within a 'real world' working environment at Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre. Within the coaching environment I am currently involved with a research project that analyses the development of footwork from novice to expert climbers.

Research interests

  • The development of effective outdoor leaders
  • Meaningful outdoor experiences and adventure education
  • Holistic approaches to outdoor learning
  • Philosophy of adventure
  • Adventure sports coaching: pedagogy and practice.

Membership of professional bodies

  • IOL (Institute of Outdoor Learning)
  • Full AMI membership (Association of Mountain Instructors)
  • BMC (British Mountaineering Council)
  • Mountain Training.


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Sport and Human Movement, University of Wales, Institute Cardiff.

Postgraduate qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Wales College Newport
  • MA Outdoor Education, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

Recent publications

  • Taylor, N.  (2009) Action Research in Outdoor Environment Experiences. The European Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Conference.  Trinity College St Davids, University of Wales.

Recent conferences

  • The European Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Conference 2009.  Action Research in Outdoor Environment Experiences.

Additional interests and activities

All facets of climbing but presently mostly traditional, sport and bouldering in the UK and overseas. Away from the rocks I often enjoy a gruelling run through the Peak District dales or moors. 

Current Activities / Links with Industry

 Currently working with the BMC to co-ordinate the delivery of FUNdamentals climbing movement courses to current students.

Experience in industry

  • Experienced 10 years of delivering outdoor vocational qualifications to potential outdoor leaders, working with the local schools and special needs groups as the main client base.
  • Experience as a freelance Mountain Instructor teaching climbing, mountaineering and movement skills.

International experience

Extensive experience of climbing in various world class destinations; from granite big walls of North America to uninhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides. I currently organise an annual international climbing camp for students in the world class sport climbing destination of Kalymnos.

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