Bill Nicholl

University Lecturer, Design & Technology Education at Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

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University Lecturer, Design & Technology Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Bill Nicholl taught in two inner London Comprehensive Schools between 1991-2000 (six years as head of department). The work of his students quickly gained a national reputation at school level, winning 20 design awards. He became a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge in 2000, where he helped establish the Design and Technology PGCE course.

His research interests are centred around socio-cultural approaches to creativity and in particular the role of the teacher and design pedagogy. To this end he has been involved in several research projects, both within the UK and beyond. His work has informed policy and practice within the UK where he has trained hundreds of teachers via CPD courses across many local education authorities.

His research interests include

  • Creativity and related constructs (i.e. cognition, motivation)
  • Design pedagogy
  • Teacher beliefs
  • Pupil voice