Dr Nicholas Houghton

Lecturer (Learning and Teaching), UCA Epsom

Academic, School of Further Education

Dr Nicholas Houghton joined UCA in 2011 as an academic developer and now teaches across the suite of creative arts education courses.

Before this, he had been working as a course director at University of the Arts London, responsible for the PGCert and PGDip in Teaching in HE and a SEDA accredited course on supervising research degrees.

Nicholas studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art, Slade School of Fine Art and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). After teaching at NSCAD, he enrolled on a French immersion course at College Olivar Asselin in Montreal and proceeded to teach art at L’Université du Québec a Chicoutimi.

Since then, he has worked as a teacher, researcher and manager at many higher education institutions in the UK, Portugal and Belgium. He completed a Crafts Council funded PhD at Roehampton in 1999.

Further information:
Nicholas Houghton website

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 1999 (then called the Institute for Learning and Teaching in HE), now a Senior Fellow (2015).

Member of the National Association for Fine Art Education, the National Society for Education in Art and Design and the International Society for Education through Art.

Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Education through Art (since 2015) and has been a reviewer for other arts education journals.

Nicholas worked as an educational consultant at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and Falmouth University. In addition he delivered the Commencement Address at NSCAD University’s graduation ceremony in 2012.

External examination:

  • Nicholas has examined PhD research degrees at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Huddersfield.

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • 2016 Art awards - Art Language Location, Cambridge
  • 2007 Research commissions - engage (The National Association for Gallery Education) - Research into gallery education programmes 
  • 2007 Arts Council of England - Visual Artists Research Unit
  • 2005 Crafts Council - Research into the educational benefits of craft
  • 2004 Kingston University - Research into the creative industries

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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