Dr Nick Young

​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​E- mail:nyoung@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​ Telephone:029 2020 6527
​Room No:​B219



Research Groups:
• Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)





Research Interests:

• ICT in Education

• Outdoor Education

• Sport in Education

• Collaborative Learning


Conference papers:
Young, N. (2015). 'Exploring the development of 'Future Skills' across primary, secondary and HE through the engagement with Robotics kits'. Digital Wales Conference. 5th April 2015.

Young, N. (2016). 'Examination of teacher's perceptions to the impact of introducing robotics to enhance 'Future Skills' within the classroom'. BESA National Conference. 9th July 2016. University of Wolverhampton.

Young, N. (2017). 'Facilitating Remote Inter-Group Collaborative Learning Using Multi-touch Tables – pedagogy and practice'. BESA National Conference. 28th July 2017. Liverpool Hope University.

Joyce-Gibbons, A., Crick, T., Beauchamp, G., McNaughton, J., and Young, N., (2018) ‘Exploring remote synchronous, collaborative interaction between learners using multi-touch tables and Skype’. British Educational Research Association conference, 12th September 2018. BERA, University of Northumberland.

Young, N. (2018) 'A study of the use of mobile multi touch technology on collaborative computational thinking in non co located key stage two classes'. LSGSC conference. 12th October 2018. Vanderbilt University. Nashville.

Adams, D. and Young, N. (2019) ‘Students’ well-being, wild-ness and freedom from the ‘magic capture’ of assessments’. British Education Studies Association (BESA) Conference. 28th June 2019. University of Wales Trinity St David.

Journal Article:
Beauchamp, G., Chapman, S., Risquez, A., Becaas, S., Ellis, C., Empsen, M., Farr, F., Hoskins, L., Hustinx, W., Murray, L., Palmaers, S., Spain, S., Timus, N., White, M., Whyte, S. and Young, N. (2022) 'Moving beyond the formal: Developing significant networks and conversations in higher education: reflections from an interdisciplinary European project team', Teaching in Higher Education.

McNaughton, J.,; Crick, T., Joyce-Gibbons, A., Beauchamp, G., Young, N., Tan, E. (2017) Facilitating collaborative learning between two primary schools using large multi-touch devices. Journal of Computers in Education, 2017, Vol.4(3), pp.307-320 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40692-017-0081-x)

Beauchamp, G; Joyce-Gibbons, A.Crick, T., McNaughton, J., Young., N. (2019) Exploring synchronous, remote collaborative interaction between learners using multi‐touch tables and video conferencing in UK primary schools. British Journal of Educational Technology

Book Chapter:
'Mobile Learning in the outdoors' written by Gary and myself. in Gray, C. and Palaiologou, I. (2019) Early Learning in the Digital Age. London: Sage.


Project Funding Year Role Project Detail

‘Namaste with Nick’ 

Virtual Yoga for children and young people across Wales during Covid –19 lockdowns 

​April 2020 – June 2021 ​Co project leader  ​When COVID19 hit, educators all over the world had to pivot. Fast. Classrooms were off-limits. Lectures had to be re-thought, delivered in new ways on new platforms. Practical sessions had to be re-imagined in a digital space.


For two lecturers at Cardiff Metropolitan University the pandemic ignited a collaboration based on innovation and the very latest broadcast technology. Together they forged a multi-disciplinary partnership to find solutions to the problems the pandemic had created in their sector. They set out to design academic activities driven by a social cause, with a lasting legacy and immediate community impact. They wanted something which would provide their students with a chance to create content and sessions aimed at improving the health and well-being of the nation’s school-children. 


A short video about the project can be found here

​SHOUT 4HE  ​Eramus+  ​Sept 2019 – July 2021 ​Digital content contributor  ​SHOUT 4HE aims to promote best practice across Europe in using digital technology to support teaching and learning within HE. 


Access to the project web page can be found here

​IValueU well-being app






​Sept 2019 – Jan 2020 
Co project leader

A project team from the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy (CSESP) at Cardiff Metropolitan University responded to this national health need by collaborating closely with regional primary schools to support schools and parents in enhancing children’s wellbeing. The iValue U Wellbeing App was the result of an innovative year-long partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University’s CSESP team and Welsh primary schools across South Wales.

The iValue U Wellbeing App is available to download from the App Store. The App is an excellent resource for mental and physical wellbeing strategies for young people, parents and teachers. You can read more about this project here and watch a video about the development and design of the iValue U Wellbeing App here. 

Download the app for free here

Digital Competency, Computer Game Design project.


Welsh Government

​September 2016-Present ​Co Project Leader A collaborative project involving 3 primary schools, The School of Animation (Cardiff Met), Computer Games Design (Cardiff Met) and students from Primary Education Studies (Cardiff Met). The aim of this project is to design and create a driving computer game in which participants will use digital, literacy and collaborative skills to reach the goal of the project. https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/Cardiff-Met-Hosts-Premiere-of-Computer-Racing-Game-Designed-by-Pupils.aspx
'Examination of teacher's perceptions to the impact of introducing robotics to enhance 'Future Skills' within the classroom'. ​SEWCTET ​2015 ​Project Lead ​Groups from Primary, Secondary and HE were introduced to Robotics kits and their engagement and interaction with this technology was observed and assessed.
The Digital Ambassador Network ​USW ​2015 ​Co Project Lead ​Working with Education Technology providers ‘Aspire To Be’ students across the 3 year path way of BA Primary Teaching were trained in the latest technology to become ‘Digital Ambassadors’ and to pass these skills and knowledge onto other students and staff.


I am a lecturer in Primary Education Studies who is passionate about using relevant technology to enhance learning within education. Having gained a varied experience across the education sector working as a Primary School teacher in South Korea, Spain and most recently in Wales.

My career started on a very different path to Education by obtaining a Degree in Journalism. This along with valuable skills learnt whilst traveling have contributed to my teaching career.

As my experience grew as did my passion for using technology within the classroom. I have been fortunate within my career to lead research projects within areas I have a real interest such as sport, International collaboration and technology within Education.

My teaching within Higher Education began in 2015 on a seconded post teaching on the BA Primary Education with QTS degree. On this programme I led the teaching of ICT, Maths and Geography and I was able to lead research into developing digital skills in both Primary and Secondary Sectors. During this secondment my enthusiasm grew to help develop others who were looking to enter the education sector.

External Links

Led the TeachBites event in April 2017 which brought teaching practitioners and students together to share best practice and to bring the Digital Competency Framework to life:


News coverage of the Robotics Action Research project. 1st April 2015: