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Nicola Edwards

Senior Team Manager - Chatty Factories

School of Computer Science and Informatics

+44 (0)29 2251 0846
S/3.03, Queen's Buildings - South Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


Nicola Edwards née Dowds

I am a senior team leader in the Security, Privacy and Human Factors research group inside Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics. I work exclusively on the EPSRC funded Chatty Factories research project, providing management and administrative support. 

I have a background in policy development and worked as senior policy advisor and operations manager at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).  Whilst at HEFCE I also undertook the role of Secretary to committees established by central government, including the Better Regulation Review Group for Higher Education. After leaving HEFCE I worked as an independent contractor for a few years doing small research and evaluation projects in the higher education sector. Later I took on a general management role in the third sector before joining Cardiff University. 

I am a social scientist with an M.Sc. in social policy from Bristol University. Prior to moving into the area of policy development I worked as a research officer on an ESRC funded project at the University of Bath and as a research assistant at the Home Office’s Research and Planning Unit.

Outside work I like family, friends, food, and walking – but not necessarily in that order.