Staff profile

Nicola Taylor

Programme Leader and Lecturer in Outdoor Leadership and Coaching


Outdoor and Adventure Sport


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences



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

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

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.

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.

Recent publications