CURRICULUM VITAE

DAWN THERESA NICHOLSON

B.Sc, M.LD, Ph.D, PGCLTHE, MA, CMLI, FGS, FRGS, FHEA, MIQ

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ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

B.Sc (Hons) Geography and Geology, 1986, University of Lancaster

M.LD Master of Landscape Design, 1988, Manchester University

Institute of Quarrying Professional Qualification 1993 (Distinction), Doncaster College of Higher Education (distance learning).

Ph.D Engineering Geology 2000, University of Leeds

PGC(TLHE) Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2002, Open University

MA Academic Practice 2010 (Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University

Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute - CMLI (Chartered Landscape Architect)

Fellow of the Geological Society - FGS

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - FRGS

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - FHEA

Member of the Institute of Quarrying - MIQ

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AWARDS AND PRIZES

Marston Prize for the best technical presentation to a branch (Lancashire) of the Institute of Quarrying (2001)

Ruston Bucyrus Award for the best technical paper published in ‘Quarry Management’ (1995)

Ransomes and Rapier Award (First Prize) for the best ‘Quarry Engineering’ paper in the Institute of Quarrying Professional Examination (1993)

Scholarship to participate in the International Landscape Design and Planning Seminar held at West Berlin Technological University (1988)

Gillespie - Beaumont Landscape Student Prize, Manchester University (1988)

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PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Sep 2004-present: Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University. Click here for current teaching.

Oct 2001-Sep 2004: Senior Lecturer (physical geography and e-learning), Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Sep 2000-Oct 2001: Faculty Project Officer (Earth and Environment Faculty) C and IT in the Curriculum Project, University of Leeds

Sep 1994-2000: PhD Research in Engineering Geology, School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds

Sep 1999-Jan 2000: Lecturer, (engineering geology, temporary cover) School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds

Nov 1997-Dec 1999: Research Assistant (Teaching), later Senior Project Assistant, (open and distance learning) School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds

1996-7: Freelance geoscience consultancy (short term work)

July 1992-July 1995: Senior Environmental Scientist (Landscape), Wardell Armstrong Consultants

Nov 1991-July 1992: Senior Landscape Architect, St Helens MBC, Project Management

Sep 1990-Nov 1991: Planning Officer (Minerals), Minerals and Waste Unit, Cheshire CC

Oct 1988-Sep 1990: Environmental Consultant, Cobham Resource Consultants

June-Sep 1987: Landscape Assistant (vacation post), Donaldson Edwards Partnership Ltd

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research: Periglacial geomorphology Weathering, morphology and slope processes in periglacial environments and on exposed ice-marginal bedrock; weathering indices for relative age dating of moraines. Rock weathering Fracture development; weathering processes in cold environments and beneath late-lying snowpatches; weathering and landform evolution. Excavated and natural rockslopes Weathering and rock mass deterioration processes; rock mass classification; slope hazard assessment. Pedagogical Online and blended learning; inclusive curriculum design; research-informed teaching; formative assessment and assessment criteria.

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OTHER RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

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HOBBIES

Hiking - swimming (including open water) - motorcycling

Challenges forthcoming / under way: Great North Swim (2012), Mt. Kilimanjaro (2013?)

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RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS

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FIELD TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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PUBLICATIONS

See separate page Click here

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