Research Development Impact Manager at the University of Birmingham.

Nicola is a Research Development Impact Manager at the University of Birmingham. Nicola has worked for the University since 2014. From 2020 to 2023 Nicola was the Project Manager of the Everything to Everybody Project, a collaborative project involving UoB and Birmingham City Council, which aimed to revive the city’s almost-forgotten Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library, housed in the iconic Library of Birmingham - and the first great Shakespeare library in the world. 

Prior to that Nicola was the Coordinator of the Voices of War and Peace WW1 Engagement Centre, again based in the Library of Birmingham. The Centre supported a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary.   

She has also been a founding member of two community organisations, the People’s Heritage Co-operative and Women’s History Birmingham, and managed two community-focused projects for those organisations, Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1 and Birmingham Women: Past and Present Revisited. Nicola is the author of Words and Deeds: Birmingham Suffragists and Suffragettes 1832-1918, published by History West Midlands in 2018, to celebrate 100 years of women’s votes.

Arts Council England Worcester Municipal Charities Dance Hub Birmingham Bransford Trust Eveson Charitable Trust People Dancing Professional Member Arts Award Supporter

Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, Dance Hub Birmingham, The Bransford Trust, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.