About Me

Nick Swarbrick

Affiliate, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University


Nick joined Oxford Brookes in 2002, having been a Nursery Headteacher before that, recognised for his innovative use of the outdoors in helping set up Forest Schools in Oxfordshire. During his time at Brookes he worked in Initial Teacher Education and was (before taking partial retirement) Principal Lecturer/Programme Lead for the Undergraduate Modular Programmes in the School of Education. This work in particular helped him gain Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He continues to work in the School of Education in areas such as (surprise, surprise) outdoor learning and children’s literature; the head quote for this blog comes from Gawain and The Green Knight, a text which encapsulates a number of his research interests.

His research interests are grouped around medieval studies, children’s literature, and human (especially children’s) use of the outdoors.


Nick speaks in a variety of fora. Most recently he has contributed as a singing teacher in a Bodleian podcast exploring late medieval chant from Germany: link here. and to the Oxford C S Lewis society on Lewis and landscape.

Get in touch

The easiest way to get in touch with Nick is via email: his work email is ntjswarbrick@brookes.ac.uk and the other email (really for people outside Brookes) is nicktomjoestory@gmail.com


Nick has recently finished working on a description of a manuscript from Syon Abbey c 1500 CE.

He is author and co-author of a number of chapters on Early Years Pedagogy, and is working on depictions of fatherhood in children’s picturebooks with Mat Tobin.