Fiona Nicolson joined NIDA in 2021 to contribute to the renewal of the curriculum with a commitment to the provision of high quality, participatory learning environments. Engaging in global benchmarking and collaborative industry partnerships are key priorities in developing technology enabled curriculum that equips students for stage, screen and emerging media.
Since 2010, Fiona has managed several strategic, transformative curriculum initiatives in the higher education sector including the development of new degrees, majors and intensive short courses across a range of disciplines including fine arts, design, engineering, public health, sciences, psychology, medicine, physiotherapy and ophthalmology. A key priority of her curriculum work is to develop a community of practice that provides a forum for teaching staff to share their practice with peers and collaborate in the processes of curriculum change and innovation.
Fiona has collaborated with academics, practitioners, students and industry partners to develop new degrees that are aligned with industry standards and provide engaging and challenging learning environments for students primarily at UNSW Sydney, Western Sydney University and Macquarie University in recent years.