Nick, a graduate of Glasgow University at BSc (Hons) and PhD level, joined Keele as a Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology in 2006. This followed on from postdoctoral appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre at Dallas, Texas, USA and the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh. Since his appointment he has progressively risen from Senior Lecturer (2009) to Reader (2012), to Professor (2016), and most recently to Faculty Dean of Research. His fundamental research is focused on improved understanding of stem cell biology and mechanisms of action in regenerative medicine. He has published over 90 articles with an accompanying h-index of 22, and research funding drawn from a wide variety of sources including EPSRC, EU, MRC, local and international charities, and industry. He has successfully mentored over 20 PhD students over the past decade.