NIW Consulting Ltd provides a range of consultancy services for higher education institutions/providers, including HE provision within the FE sector. Dr Nicky Westwood (Principal Consultant) has over 20 years’ experience within the HE sector across both strategic and operational levels. Dr Nicky Westwood currently still holds a professional body registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and prior to her roles in HE worked within the NHS.

Outlined below are areas of specialist skills and knowledge to support Universities and other HEIs where development or extension of their capability and provision is needed:

  • Strategic oversight and development of apprenticeships (all aspects aligned to the apprenticeship lifecycle and recruitment)
  • Compliance and risk monitoring for apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship and work-based learning programme development and delivery
  • Supporting development of data dashboards, reporting and benchmarking across apprenticeship provision
  • Governance
  • Strategic experience of developing and chairing committees at both University and Faculty level
  • Interim leadership
  • Project management
  • Cross Institution and Faculty strategic leadership
  • Quality enhancement, assurance, and management (including experience across a range of PSRB, Ofsted, OfS  and other external bodies)
  • Continuous monitoring processes
  • Strategic change and restructure
  • Policy, procedures, and process development
  • Inclusive curriculum development
  • Programme validations
  • Nurse Education
  • Inclusive learning and teaching pedagogy and development
  • Staff development
  • Interprofessional Education

Dr Nicky Westwood is a Senior Fellow of the Advance HE, NMC registrant and undertakes external examiner roles across HE. She undertakes further work supporting the University Vocational awards Council and is integral in the development and delivery of networks across the HE sectors. This includes collaboration with external bodies such as –NHS England, IfATE, OfS, Ofsted and NMC and HCPC and other external stakeholders aligned to a variety of apprenticeship standards.

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