Nell Nixon

Promoting Inclusive Access, Discoverability and Use of British Library Digital Learning Resources for Disadvantaged Young People

Nell is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries. Her research interests include digital humanities and the role of cultural heritage institutions in education.

Nell earned an MA (Hons) in Archaeology at Edinburgh University before completing an MSc in Digital Humanities at UCL.

PhD research description

Nell’s research is a collaborative doctoral partnership with the British Library. Her research explores the barriers to the discoverability, access and use of digital learning resources experienced by disadvantaged young people, considering how the online offerings of cultural heritage institutions can contribute to both formal and informal learning. 

Through a qualitative approach, influenced by Participatory principles, her research aims to address the need for a greater understanding of the barriers to digital cultural offers, specifically those centred on learning opportunities. The outcome of this research will be the provision of recommendations for creating innovative digital content that can diminish barriers to engagement experienced by disadvantaged young people. 

PhD supervisors

Nell is currently being supervised by Dr Amalia Sabiescu, Dr Lise Jaillant, Prof. Louise Cooke and Dr Alex Whitfield (British Library)

Awards, grants or scholarships received

Nell’s research is funded by Technē which is an AHRC doctoral training partnership.