Nikki Williams was born in Swansea and went to the University of Westminster, graduating in 1989 with a BSc Life Sciences (Physiology) degree. She wanted to experience living, studying and working in a big city and thoroughly enjoyed her 10 years there. Nikki completed her PGCE education training in 1998. Nikki is the programme manager for Respiratory and Sleep Physiology – this involves teaching at undergraduate level and managing all aspects of the programme including visits to placements areas across Wales. She is also running an ARTP spirometry centre and teaches primary care staff to manage respiratory conditions.

All aspects of Lung Function and Sleep Disordered Breathing are two areas of Physiology that Nikki finds interesting and is currently researching.

Nikki has continued her studying by completing the following CPD courses;
- Optimising the management of COPD: Sept 2014.(30 credit, level 7)
- Respiratory examination: Dec 2014. (15 credit, level 7)
- Respiratory Diagnostics: Aug 2015. (30 credit, level 7)

Nikki works as an honorary respiratory physiologist in ABMU, this enables her to keep the clinical skills and knowledge required as a Senior Lecturer up to date. Technology is a big part of Nikki’s life, as it is really important in Respiratory Physiology. Nikki likes nothing better than to solve problems with equipment and software.


  1. Knight, J., Williams, N., & Nigam, Y. Gastrointestinal tract 2: the structure and function of the stomach. Nursing Times, 115(7), 43-47.
  2. Knight, J., Williams, N., & Nigam, Y. Gastrointestinal tract 3: the duodenum, liver and pancreas. Nursing Times, 115(8), 56-60.


  • PPS107 Foundations in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

    This module will provide an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems as well as providing an overview of some common diseases.

  • PPS208 Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II

    This module will build upon the underpinning knowledge gained in the compulsory year I module PPS107 Foundations in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology. It will provide the opportunity for students to develop and further their understanding of human anatomy and physiology to an advanced level. It will also allow the student to a gain more detailed knowledge of some of common diseases seen in the general population and the current treatment options available.

  • SHC151 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC152 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body and how it is affected by disease, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC230 Professional Practice 2

    This module follows from the year 1 module in Professional Practice and further develops some topics as well as introducing others. The material is designed to provide support knowledge for the Healthcare Science student in their professional practice.

  • SHC241 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Diagnostic Interventions

    This module will further develop clinical knowledge and skills of respiratory physiology for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Health Care Science in the division of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

  • SHC242 Respiratory and Sleep Physiology - Physiology

    This module is intended for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science and will further expand knowledge and clinical skills in Respiratory Physiology.

  • SHC331 Healthcare Science Research Project

    This module will facilitate the planning, execution and dissemination of a research project with direct relevance to the clinical specialism. Students will be expected to plan, execute and disseminate a literature review, audit or service improvement project.

  • SHE321 Educating and Learning in Practice

    This module aims to provide learners with foundational knowledge that will support them as they prepare to undertake the role of practice educators, following completion of the programme and into their journey as newly qualified paramedics. This module will facilitate learners to critically examine various learning theories and teaching styles as well as the key enablers and inhibitors of providing constructive feedback.

  • SHF100 Anatomy and Physiology 2

    This module aims to provide an understanding of the structure and function of the key systems which is a core requirement of osteopathic medicine. This module builds upon knowledge introduced in SHF109 Anatomy and Physiology 1, and develops the understanding of the structure and functions of the key systems of the body. This knowledge will underpin the pathophysiology and therapeutics covered in Year 2.

  • SHG328 Respiratory Assessment & Management in Primary Care

    In this module, students will develop their knowledge and skills in the care of patients with common respiratory conditions. Assessment and management of patients with respiratory disease will be explored in the context of national guidelines and strategies.

  • SHN130 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Child)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1989 1996 Respiratory Support Service Manager Royal Brompton Hospital