Staff Directory - Nicky Hunter | Harper Adams University

Staff Directory

Nicky Hunter BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE, MRSB, C.Biol, MCIEEM, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science

Teaching Duties

  • Ecology/Environmental Biology/Conservation and Habitat Management to Countryside, Environment and Wildlife students at all levels.
  • Ecology to BSc Animal Behaviour Welfare students and FdSc Animal Health and Welfare students
  • Pastoral Care for Years 1&2 Countryside, Environment, Wildlife and Geography students at both FdSc and BSc level

Research Interests

Animal ecology, wildlife biodiversity, protected animal species survey and management, conservation and habitat management. Also pedagogic studies involving teaching and learning at all levels.

I currently hold a Natural England Protected Species License for Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus) and am also gaining training on Bat ecology and am registered as a Natural England trainee volunteer bat worker.

Currently I am Director and am managing an innovative project called the Rural Education Action Programme (REAP) looking at providing Food and Farming Awareness training for trainee teachers and qualified teachers in both primary and secondary education across the UK. A module has now been validated to provide CPD training in this area for Primary teachers and is being be delivered nationally through our ReedNet (employer engagement) scheme via partner organisation such as Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and the Countryside Foundation for Education (CfE).In partnership, REAP  delivered land-based careers training for careers advisors in Secondary Schools in 2011-12.

Other environmental training for teachers and trainee teachers at all levels is currently being developed by staff as part of the REAP project.

2014, 2015 & 2016: Supervisor for small mammal research for the GOLD CREST AWARDS with Adams Grammar School, Newport


In  2009-10, Jane Hill (Director of Learning Support) and myself worked on a project, supported through the Aspire Development Fellowship.  The project looked at the students response to assignment feedback during the year. This research covered a sample of students from all courses and all levels across this institution and it intended to disseminate examples of good practice in supporting and enhancing the students learning experience.

Aspire: see

Report: What is the range of assessment feedback provided by staff at Harper Adams University College and to what extent does the feedback help students to feed forward andimprove their educational or learning skills?

2013-14: Aspire Development Fellowship to look at the effectiveness of feedback at Harper Adams University

2014-15: Two Aspire  Development Fellowship Awards

  1. With Simon Irvin delepment of a summative online exam for EFDP mopdule Countryside Studies
  2. With Nigel Hill investigating the use and  flexibility of using stylus written feedback on a tablet PC

2016-17:Aspire Development Fellowship Award

  1. With Graham Higginson: A review of Digital Assessment and Feedback


  • In 2009 I was given the Aspire 'Widening Student Experience Award' (one of three awards nominated by students)
  • In 2011 I was given the Aspire 'Excellent Practice Award' (one of two awards nominated by students)
  • In 2013 I was given the Aspire 'Excellent Practice Award' (one of two awards nominated by students)
  • In 2014 I was given the Aspire 'Excellent Practice in Supporting Learning Award' (one of two awards nominated by students)


2012 - 2020: I am currently undertaking a part time Educational Doctorate (EdD) at Keele University in social sciences research focusing on pastoral care in higher education.

2016: Currently collecting data at both Harper Adams University and Keele Univerity

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MICEEM)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Teaching Academy (SFHEA)
  • Panel member for CIEEM Careers Toolkit Project.
  • Member of the Shropshire Mammal Group
  • Member of the Shropshire Bat Group
  • Member of the NIA Meres and Mosses Community Steering group
  • Member of UK Advisors and Tutoring network (UKAT) Poster presentation on current research in 2015 at Annual Conference in Portmouth. Workshop presentation of my research at the UKAT Annual conference in Leeds in April 2017

Governor Profile

Former Staff elected Governor at Harpoer Adams University 2006-2014 (2 terms of office)

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815272

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Office: Tudor Lodge 1


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Harper Adams University supports Food and Farming Futures, the online land-based library.

Other publications

  • Nicky Hunter, Jane Hill and Sarah Gabbitas, Harper Adams University College (2012) Assessment feedback and learning skills: A research project to improve development and policy practice CREST (HEA) 2012: Defining research-led teaching (Avalaible from :
  • Bellas, J.M. and Hunter, N.J. (2010) Do onshore wind farms have a detrimental effect on bat populations? Results of an opinion survey on the effects of onshore wind farms on bats.
    Undergraduate dissertation research
  • Hunter, N.J. and Irvin, S. (2009) Assessing newt populations in ponds at Harper Adams 
    A summary account of a detailed survey which investigated newt populations in ponds at Harper Adams.
    Harper Adams University College (2009) Project report - 2 pages
Additional Information

Other Roles

  • External Examiner for SRUC MSc Countryside Management (validated by the University of Glasgow)
  • Staff member on Academic Board
  • Internal Assessor for HEA PSF at Harper Adams University  and review of Fellowship and Senior Fellowship applications for HEA
  • University representative of Shropshire Wider Biodiversity Partnership
  • Senior Tutor for the Countryside, Environment, Wildlife and Geography Courses at Harper Adams
  • Corporate Membership University link with our local Shropshire Wildlife Trust
  • Member of the NIA Meres and Mosses Community Steering group (Academic Representative)
  • August 2016: STEM AMBASSADOR (Stafforshire Hub)

I have also initiated several children’s events at Harper, such as the Children’s University and the Easter School and have an interest in environmental education at all levels


You can contact Nicky Hunter if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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