Deputy-head of Learning Success, Academic Learning Support Coordinator, Advisor for the Olive Tree Programme
Nick Townsend is Deputy Head of Learning Success, and is based in the Student Centre at Northampton Square. With a strong background in counselling, supporting and teaching students, Nick has provided student support and has been involved in the development of Learning Success at City University since 1998.
After acquiring a degree in History and American Studies at Keele University, Nick spent two years travelling and working in Asia and Australia, before returning to England to complete a PGCE (FE). Nick then taught English in Madrid for a year before returning to London to teach Personal and Career Development at Southwark College (1983- 1995). Nick taught PCD to a wide range of students at Southwark College. Nick's role included working extensively with students with disabilities. He completed a Certificate in Careers Guidance at South Bank Polytechnic in 1987. Nick left Southwark in 1995 to teach American Studies and History at Soundwell College, Bristol. During this period, after visiting Nicaragua, Nick helped set up The Friends of Morazan, a charity supporting a school in Puerto Morazan, a Nicaraguan town twinned with Bristol.
Nick has a keen interest in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and became a qualified Practitioner in 1995. Nick is interested in using the MBTI to identify learning styles and thus enable students to learn more effectively. Nick has also conducted numerous MBTI sessions with NHS staff and marine engineers for team building and professional development. In 2005, he became qualified to teach dyslexic students after completing a Post Graduate Certificate for Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher Education at London Metropolitan University. Nick was the Module Tutor for Student Support and Personal Tutoring on the MA in Academic Practice between 2005 and 2009.
He joined the Olive Tree Programme in October, 2008. Nick is currently involved in the development of online study skills materials to improve learning support outreach for City University students