Nicole is the subject lead for the PGCE in English.  She is a supervisor of students on the MSc in Learning and Teaching, MSc in Medical Education and the doctoral programme. 

Nicole has been working in secondary comprehensive education both in the UK and Australia since 2001. She was a Teacher of English in both countries and was a mentor for PGCE interns in one of our partner schools before joining the Department in 2011. Her doctoral research focused on the interaction of identities of English departments and English teachers in secondary schools.

Nicole is interested in the identities of English teachers, the English curriculum and the schooling of children in care in schools.

Nicole is currently working on a project to compare the nature of instructed second/foreign language learning at secondary schools in England, Norway and France.

Nicole welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas:

  • Curriculum and pedagogy in secondary English
  • Drama in education
  • Education in medical contexts


Journal articles
  • Dingwall, N. (2019). Thinking outside four walls: the case for reconfiguring traditional classrooms. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 25(1), 59-67.

  • Elliott, V., & Dingwall, N. (2017). Roles as a route to being ’Other’: drama-based interventions with at risk students. Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties, 22(1), 66-78.

  • Reports
  • DINGWALL, N., & SEBBA, J. (n.d.). Bath and North East Somerset Attachment Aware Schools Evaluation Report.

  • DINGWALL, N., & SEBBA, J. (n.d.). Stoke On Trent Attachment Aware Schools Programme Evaluation Report.