Nicola Timbrell

Senior Lecturer in Publishing,

Subject Coordinator for MA Publishing programmes

Staff Photograph

Personal Profile

Nicola Timbrell has been a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University since 1997. She teaches publishing technology and epublishing modules for both undergraduate and MA publishing courses. She is currently involved in ensuring that students graduate with state-of-the-art digital publishing skills and knowledge needed in today’s publishing industry. As Work Experience coordinator, she maintains close contacts with the publishing industry and organises the essential intern and work experience opportunities for the students studying publishing at both MA and undergraduate levels.

Nicola began her career teaching computer applications and programming at Oxford University. She started working on hypermedia projects in the early 1990’s, inspired by HyperCard applications such as the Perseus Project. She produced The Dream of the Rood, an Old English teaching package and The Poetry Shell, funded by one of the first government-funded initiatives to get digital products into University classrooms.  She was a multimedia author for the highly acclaimed and award-winning BBC Shakespeare series of CD-ROMs.

With the advent of the web Nicola has produced online information portals and uses the university VLE to support classes. She has evaluated how educational publishers have adapted their products for digital delivery over the past decade and remains fascinated by the rapidly changing arena of online publishing and how technology can be used to meet the needs of the user.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • U65003 Publishing Technology
  • U65025 Electronic Publishing

Postgraduate Teaching

  • P65024 Digital Publishing Strategy 
  • Computing workshops for postgraduate publishing students

Research

Nicola teaches publishing technology and epublishing modules for both undergraduate and MA publishing courses. She is currently involved in ensuring that students graduate with state-of-the-art digital publishing skills and knowledge needed in today’s publishing industry. She manages aspects of work experience for the MA and undergraduate students. 

immediate research projects

Nicola is very interested in digital publishing for all forms of education. She continues to investigate current uses of technology and workflow within the publishing industry.

forthcoming projects

Investigation of current uses of technology and workflow within the Publishing Industry

Books and other publications

Deegan, Marilyn, Stuart Lee and Nicola Timbrell, An Introduction to Multimedia for Academic Use (Oxford: OUCS, 1996)

Deegan, Marilyn, Nicola Timbrell and Lorraine Warren, Hypermedia in the Humanities (Information Technology Training Initiative, 1992)

Textbooks and learning packages

BBC Shakespeare series [6 CD-ROMs] (HarperCollins Publishers and BBC Education, 1994-1998)

The Dream of the Rood ,[Floppy disk] (Information Technology Training Initiative, 1994)

The Poetry Shell, [Floppy disk] (Information Technology Training Initiative, 1994)