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Nick Jones known as Nicky


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PhD (Ongoing – Due to complete 2021)
BSc (Hons) Information Systems
HND Computing
COMP TIA Certified
Agored Cymru Advanced Web Development
Associate Fellow HEA


My name is Nick Jones and I am a Lecturer and PhD student at University of South Wales. I have been 39 for a few years now, and have an amazing 18 year old daughter who is studying computer science at school and aims to attend the university to study cyber security.
After a long and successful career in civil engineering, illness forced me to leave the industry and I returned to university and gained an honours degree in information systems. I am now studying for my PhD in Informatics after being awarded a KESS scholarship in 2016. As part of my scholarship I teach several subjects to degree students in the Faculty of Computing.
As someone who grew up in care, I am passionate about both equality for all under represented student and staff groups and fighting bullying and harassment in all its forms. I have been fortunate enough to sit on a number of committees at the university including Athena SWAN, the Research Programmes Sub Committee and the Faculty Research Programmes Committee.
I am also a member of a number of institutions including IEEE, British Computer Society (MBCS), International Brain Computer interface Society (BCIS) and ACM. I was also recently awarded Associate Fellow of the HEA and I am already working toward my application for fellow. In my leisure time, I am a keen mountain biker, I often ride the many Afan Forest mountain bike trails and keep fit at the gym every day.
I intend to continue to develop a career in research and teaching at USW after my PhD and also continue to be an advocate for all staff and students who may struggle to find their voice within academia.


Founder & Principal Nick’s PC Repair and Network Consultants
University of South Wales, Lecturer in Informatics (Current)


Higher Education Academy (HEA)
BCS (British Computer Society)
BCI Society (Brain Computer Interface)
IDF (Interaction Design Foundation)
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)


Neuroaesthetics is an emerging discipline, which explores the cognitive and affective processes involved in aesthetic experiences of beautiful artworks. My research proposes that the scope of Neuroaesthetics can be extended to user interface design. As studies have shown, aesthetics can have a profound effect on shaping user’s interpretations whilst they interact and engage with the user interface. Taking this work further, my research also aims to explore whether aesthetics can influence how people interact with digital interfaces, the reasons they do, as well as the choices they make.



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