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Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Frank Nickols

Frank is an experienced educator, mentor and coach in Robotics and Mechatronics, specialising in creating robots as learning platforms for students to understand the fundamentals of engineering science in a fun and exciting way.

His passion is to pass on this knowledge by teaching students how to design and build their own robots in TEDI-London’s makerspaces.

Frank gained his engineering knowledge by working for 15 years in industry as an R&D product design engineer, designing computer-controlled machines for UK industry, i.e., Ford Motor Company, Lucas Industries, AMF Inc., Renishaw Research, Danfoss, before moving into academia.

Thereafter, he taught Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering at universities around the world, namely, in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Brunei and the UK. This experience enabled Frank to become appreciative of many cultures around the world which will enable him to best support and mentor the diverse range of students TEDI-London wants to attract.

As senior teaching fellow Frank will act as coach and mentor to students, facilitating master classes, pop-up tutorials and workshops as well as providing day to day customised support to our students – both academic and pastoral.

Frank says: “I believe that TEDI-London’s approach to the teaching of engineering is the way forward. It seamlessly prepares students from the closed classroom to industry, equipping students with a toolkit of skills that they can delve into, modify and execute as challenges confront them.”