Nikki Pierce

Registrar (Academic) and Secretary to the Board of Governors

Nikki was appointed Registrar (Academic) and Secretary to the Board in February 2022. She provides strategic oversight of governance, compliance and all aspects of our academic administration and student services. She reports dually into Vice-Chancellor Professor Katie Normington and Ian Squires, the Chair of the Board of Governors. 

Prior to joining DMU, Nikki was Academic Registrar and Director of Student, Academic and Information Services for over seven years, where she was responsible for Registry and Student Administration, Student Services, Library Services, and IT Services. She also led the development and implementation of the university’s Access and Participation Plan. As a member of the Academic Registrars Council (ARC), Nikki chaired the Student Loans Company Stakeholder Operations Group, and was a member of the SLC Stakeholder Forum. Nikki has also worked at Leeds Beckett University, and several higher education institutions in London, including King’s College London, University College London, Imperial College London, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.  

Nikki completed a first degree and an MPhil in Social Anthropology at Swansea University and holds an MBA in Higher Education Management from the University of London.

In her spare time, Nikki enjoys cooking, crafting, long-distance running, and walking with her border collie, Jasper, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. 

Nikki’s pronouns are she/her.

You can contact Nikki Pierce directly by emailing or through her PA by emailing Sarah Paternostro