Nicola Preston began her involvement with restorative practices as a police officer with Thames Valley Police, in the United Kingdom, where she was part of a team — the Restorative Justice Consultancy — that successfully introduced restorative justice into police work. She has also been a school teacher specializing in children with special needs, thus bringing two distinct and relevant areas of expertise to the IIRP. Ms. Preston is now a senior lecturer in special educational needs and inclusion at the University of Northampton in the U.K.
Ms. Preston has published numerous book chapters, articles and research reports in the U.K. and Europe and is on the editorial committee of the European Forum for Restorative Justice Newsletter. She has presented at many national and international conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Reading; a Master of Arts in Restorative Practices and Relationships from the University of Chester; a Post Graduate Certificate, Education, from Oxford Brookes University; a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Special Educational Needs and a Master of Arts, Education, Special Educational Needs and Restorative Practices, Merit, from The University of Northampton. She is studying for her Ph.D. in Restorative Practices and Education at The University of Northampton.
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