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University of Bath

Mr Mike Nicholson Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach

Strategic lead for undergraduate student admissions, recruitment, bursaries & scholarships, widening access, learning partnerships, and immigration.


Mike is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Bath. He heads the team responsible for managing undergraduate student admissions, student recruitment (UK and international), undergraduate bursaries and scholarships, widening access and participation, learning partnerships, and student immigration.

In addition to his role at Bath, Mike is frequently asked to comment on issues relating to admission to university and widening access to higher education for national and international bodies and in the media.

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  • Trustee for AQA
  • Trustee for the Council of International Schools
  • Member of the Universities UK Fair Admissions Advisory Group
  • Chair – AQA Higher Education Advisory Group
  • Member – Qualification Wales Higher Education Engagement Group


Mike joined the University of Bath in October 2014, having previously worked as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford (2006-2014) and Head of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment at the University of Essex (1998-2006).

He co-chaired the Social Mobility Practitioners’ Group established by Universities UK to advise the UK Minister for Higher Education on supporting progression from under-represented groups in society in 2016. In 2018, he joined the Evaluation Group for the Welsh Government’s Seren Gifted and Talented Programme. He was UK Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers’ Association from 2014-2017 and served as a member of the UCAS Council until January 2017. He represented English universities on the Welsh Qualifications Reform stakeholder group and was involved in the SPA National Expert Think Tank on UK Qualifications Reform in 2015.


  • BA Hons English and History (University of Sheffield 1990)
  • Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA (exchange student 1988-89)