Dr Nick Cott was born in Newcastle and grew up in the Tyne Valley. He was educated at Liverpool and Newcastle universities. Nick has lived in the Newcastle Central constituency for the last twenty years.
Nick has been a councillor in Gosforth since 2000, where he has helped and supported residents and community organisations over the years. He has been involved in a number of successful campaigns, including recently to oppose Council plans to build a super roundabout on part of the Town Moor, near Blue House. Nick and his Liberal Democrat colleagues organised a protest rally with over 2,000 participants from the local community attending, which forced the Council to change its plans.
Nick is currently shadow lead member for children’s services. During the period in which the Liberal Democrats ran the Council between 2004 and 2011, he served in the Council’s cabinet, with successes including helping to secure many millions of pounds of investment in new school buildings and a successful organisation of children’s social care services, following national criticism. Successes in these regards saw Nick’s appointment to a ministerial advisory group during the time of the Coalition government.
Outside of politics, Nick is a lecturer in history. He works for the Open University, mainly supporting students online and at a distance (across the Northeast and in the European Union). He is a keen supporter of widening access to higher education for part-time students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Nick also works as a tutor with Joseph Cowan Lifelong Learning in Newcastle, where he gives occasional lectures on his research interests in British politics and society in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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