Nick is Executive Officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. In this role, Nick works with the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer to support a range of activities including acting as the University representative on the Northamptonshire Armed Forces Covenant group.
In his former role at Northampton, Nick supported the University award ceremonies, certification and conferment processes and was previously a member of Northampton’s quality team, supporting external examining and external scrutiny at the University.
Nick has also worked at The Open University – where he worked as a member of a team funded by HEFCE supporting nationally-funded teaching and learning projects and schemes. He has also worked at Sheffield Hallam University, where he worked as an Administrative Assistant within an academic unit.
Nick is one of the two Joint Midlands Regional Co-ordinators for the Association of University Administrators (AUA), a graduate of the AUA PgCert, an active PgCert mentor and is a former Chair of the PgCert Board of Study and a former AUA Trustee. Nick is currently a Governor of Northampton High School having previously been a Governor of the Daventry UTC and The Grange School (Primary), Daventry.
- Hills, M. and Allen, N. (2018) Growing immunity to terrorist or other violent attacks at UK higher education institutions – CHESS: the Colleges and Higher Education Security Standard. Invited Presentation presented to: University of Northampton Annual Research Conference, The University of Northampton, 20-21 June 2018.
- Hills, M. and Allen, N. (2018) Organisational resilience at UoN: growing immunity to a full spectrum of threats. Invited Keynote presented to: Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) Annual Conference 2018, University of York, 22 March 2018.
- Petford, N. and Allen, N. (2015) Bucking the trend: part-time Master’s students at the University of Northampton. In: Hillman, N. (ed.) It’s the Finance, Stupid! The Decline of Part-time Higher Education and What to do about it. Oxford: Higher Education Policy Institute. pp. 85-92.