Sandra Nichol

I am currently a lecturer in the School of Art and Society at the University Centre at Blackburn College. I have worked as a lecturer in higher education at Blackburn College for 21 years and during that time have been involved in curriculum development, course management and lecturing on Leisure and Tourism Management, Public Service Management and Joint Honours programmes.  My research interests revolve around the social history of leisure and tourism and gender issues. I have travelled to Kerala, India, South Africa and Singapore on behalf of the college to promote international developments and have been involved in several student trips overseas including a visit to Cape Town with students from Public Service Management programmes.  Previous to my career in lecturing, I have worked in the tourism industry as manager for a tour- operations company based in Sydney, Australia and have also worked for Thomas Cook Ltd as a retail manager. I also lived in Japan for several years where I worked as an English Language teacher and have travelled extensively around Asia.

Contact Details

Room Number: UC409

Email Address: sandra.nichol@blackburn.ac.uk

Telephone: 01254 292903

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Further/Higher Education

Master of Science Tourism Management (Distinction)

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree History and Afro-Asian Studies

Recent Research Projects

WW2 East Lancashire Childhoods: Sharing Stories, Making Memories (2019-2020)

A Heritage Lottery Funded project which aims to encourage the sharing and recording of intergenerational ‘conversations’ by, and for, the community of East Lancashire. In addition to jointly organising, coordinating and collating the outcomes of the project, my role has been to co-ordinate a series of interviews with residents in the local community. I am especially keen to capture and share memories of childhoods in East Lancashre during the Second World War, creating a digital archive of stories for both current and future generations.

Cotton Queens – (2019-2020)

The aim of the project is for a group of women, over the age of fifty, to develop skills, confidence and wellbeing by engaging with cultural and historical aspects of the Bolton area and its community. Specifically, the women have researched the lives of Worktown Women by examining Mass Observation’s Worktown Collection (1937 to 1940) which provides an insight into their experiences in the mills and on holiday in Blackpool. In addition to jointly organising and coordinating the project, my role has been to introduce the group to Mass Observation’s Worktown Collection (1937-1940) with a focus on the lives of Worktown Women at home, at work and on holiday in Blackbpool during this period.

Public Engagement

I have been involved in the organisation and co-organisation of several conferences:

Child Sex Trafficking; Raising Awareness, a one day conference hosted at UCBC, June, 2013

An awareness raising event intended to bring together individuals and representatives of organisations concerned with issues of child trafficking and sexual exploitation. The conference was attended by representatives working in the public sector, the voluntary sector, academics, students and others with an interest in child trafficking issues. In addition to a programme of speakers, the University Centre hosted the ‘In a New Light’ photographic exhibition from the ‘Having our Say’ project – showcasing work of young people from Blackburn who had been working with the Engage team.

Recording Leisure Lives Conferences (2014 -2019 ) co-organised with the University of Bolton

For the last five years I have co-organised this annual conference with Dr Bob Snape at the University of Bolton. This annual conference aims to stimulate research and discussion on a variety of leisure themes, with a focus on 20th Century Britain.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Currently teaching the following modules:

Level 4:

Organisational Behaviour

Reflective Practitioner

Team and Multi Agency Working

Level 5:

Managing Human Resources

Managing and Leading Quality Provision

Research Project

Level 6:

Management and Organisations

Tourism, Sex and Gender

Leisure and Society

Implementing Strategy and Managing Change

Personal tutor

Recent Publications & Other Research Outputs

Books and Articles

Kemp K., Pearson S. and Nichol S. (2000) Leisure and Tourism, Intermediate General National Vocational Qualification, Longman.

Nichol, S. and Skipper, S. (2013) ‘Child Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation within the United Kingdom: A North Western Perspective’, Journal of Public Administration, Vol 48, Number 1, pp.89-104.

Stone G. and Nichol S., (1999) ‘Older single female travellers in the United Kingdom – Who needs them?’, Journal of Vacation Marketing, Volume 5, Number 1, pp.7-17.

Conference Papers

Worktown Women: ‘Picking Up’, ‘Promenading’ and ‘Monkey Parading’, presented at Recording Leisure Lives: Sporting Cultures, Clubs and Communities in 20th Century Britain conference, hosted by University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College, April, 2019.

Glamorous Grafters: Queens of Northern Industry in England in the 1930s and 1940s presented at Recording Leisure Lives: Cultures, Communities and Class in Leisure in 20th Century Britain conference, hosted by University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College, March, 2018.

Whores, hatchet-faced dames and cackling old ladies: working-class women pub-goers in Worktown and Blackpool’, presented at The Mass Observation 80th Anniversary Conference, University of Sussex, July, 2017.

Mass Observation: Worktown women and the pub in the inter-war years’, presented at Recording Leisure Lives: Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Leisure in 20th Century Britain conference, hosted by University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College, April, 2017

‘Worktown Women: Mass Observation on Drinking and Breakdown Behaviour in Blackpool, 1937-1940’ presented at Recording Leisure Lives: Deviant, Delinquent and Degenerate Leisure in 20th Century Britain, hosted by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College, March, 2016.

‘Mass Observation and Wakes Girls’ in Blackpool 1937-1940’ presented at Recording Leisure Lives; Places and Spaces of Leisure in 20th Century Britain conference, hosted by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College, March, 2015.

Worktowners and Blackpool: Mass Observation on Tourism, Sex and Morality, 1937-1940’ presented at  Recording Leisure Lives: Leisure in Worktowns in 20th Century Britain conference, hosted by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College, April, 2014.

‘Child Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation within the United Kingdom: A North Western Perspective’, presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management, Cape Town, April, 2013.

Industry Experience

I have had several years of industrial experience working in retail travel for Thomas Cook Ltd, firstly as a gradate trainee and subsequently as a manager.  I have also spent several years working abroad, as a tour operations manager in Sydney, Australia and as an English Language teacher in Tokyo, Japan.

Teaching Programmes

BA (Hons) Fire and Rescue Service Management

BA (Hons) Public Service Management

BA Joint Honours

BA (Hons) Working with Children and Young People

FdA Social Care and Wellbeing

FdA Disability Studies