Staff profile

Nicola Taylor

Lecturer in Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Mountain Training 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

Draper, N., Giles, D., Schöffl, V., Fuss, F., Watts, P., Wolf, P., Baláš, J., España Romero, V., Gonzalez, G., Fryer, S., Fanchini, M., Vigouroux, L., Seifert, L., Donath, L., Spoerri, M., Bonetti, K., Phillips, K., Stöcker, U., Bourassa-Moreau, F., Garrido, I., Drum, S., Beekmeyer, S., Ziltener, J., Taylor, N., Beeretz, I., Mally, F., Amca, A., Linhat, C. & Abreu, E. (2016). Comparative grading scales, statistical analyses, climber descriptors and ability grouping: International Rock Climbing Research Association Position Statement. Sports Technology. [doi: 10.1080/19346182.2015.1107081]

Draper, N., Giles, D., Taylor, N., Solar Altamirano, I., Jose Arias, M., Baláš, J., Kodejška, J., España-Romero, V., Gallo Cabeza de Vaca, G., Vigouroux, L., Josseron, G., Mally, F. & Beeretz, I. (2016). Assessment of climber performance: A multi-center trial. International Rock Climbing Research Congress, August 5th – 7th 2016, Colorado, USA. [Oral].

Giles, D., Draper, N., Gilliver, P., Taylor, N., Mitchell, J., Birch, L., Woodhead, J., Blackwell, G. & Hamlin, H. (2014). Current understanding in climbing psychophysiology research. Sports Technology, 7(3-4), 108-119. [doi: 10.1080/19346182.2014.968166].

Rylands, L. P., Cheetham, M. A., Crawford, A., Taylor, N. (2018) Power performance characteristics  in male versus female sport climbers: A lab based study using SRM power meter. JEPonline, 21(5): 150-157.

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.