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Nick Hilken

Senior Systems Manager, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



  • Guitarist in various working bands, 1991-1998. Highlights include supporting Chuck Berry, playing at the Cork Jazz festival, Ronnie Scott's, Glastonbury Avalon stage. Low-lights - hours and hours in a van!
  • IT Tech Support at the University of Birmingham 1998-1999
  • Analyst Programmer at the Birmingham Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU), 1999-2002
  • Programming Team Lead, Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) 2002-2020
  • Senior Systems Manager, Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU), 2020-

Expertise Summary

  • Database web applications using C#, PHP and SQL Server or MySQL
  • Computer Systems Validation for Clinical Trials.
  • Project Management.
  • REDCap project builds

Teaching Summary

Better form design, on NCTU clinical trials fundamentals course.

I'm also interested in project management, process modeling and information management.

After years and years of struggling with sprawling folder structures that all institutions seem to love, the NCTU programming team have adopted a metadata model for document management instead. Implemented in SharePoint using managed term sets this does away with folders entirely, this has been a revelation.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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