In 2006, Nick completed an evaluation of Foundation Degree mentoring funded by AimHigher.
In 2008, Nick presented a paper on children's literature and the outdoors to the International Board on Books for Children and Young People (IBBY).
In 2009 Nick worked with practitioner colleagues in Early Years settings in Oxfordshire who were researching how young children learn in the outdoors. He has also presented papers to internal audiences on werewolves in children's literature (2008), on how Early Childhood Studies students explore issues around spirituality (2009), on images of the outdoors in children's literature (2010, 2011) and the iconography of Christmas. Nick's work on representations of death in young children's picture books, entitled How Dead are the Skeletons in Funnybones? was an internal paper and, more recently, a public lecture at the Story Museum.
He continues to look at young children's literature and the outdoor environment. In July 2011, he presented a paper at the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) on images of the outdoors in the work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg. His current work centres on how visual methodologies can be used to explore aspects of childhood, and he is working on two projects with Mat Tobin, one on the sentient landscape (exploring the work of Alan Garner), and one on fatherhood in picturebooks.