Nicholas Weston




Nicholas (Nik) J. Weston, BVA (pronouns: xe, xem, xyr) is currently Learner Success Coordinator at the New Zealand School of Tourism (NZST), Auckland Airport campus, and South Seas Film and Television School, in affiliation with Yoobee College of Creative Innovation. Xe is a filmmaker, motion graphics artist, and designer. Xe is also an active member of the New Zealand Steampunk community.

Since 2016, Nik has been an advocate for the autistic, allistic, neurodivergent, and rainbow communities. Nik’s research in the neurodiversity field is focussed on the lived experience of autism in the tertiary educational environment, both as a student and as a member of teaching staff. This has guided xyr work on communicating the needs and worldview of the autistic community. Nik’s endeavours are to create a suitably supportive environment for students and staff of various neurotypes to be able to flourish, and to develop strategies at an organisational level, to support the learning success of autistic students.

BVA: Bachelor of Visual Arts (Computer Graphics)

Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki, New Zealand, 2010

Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education

Manakau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2016 


Certificate in Adult Teaching

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2009







Research Outputs



Weston, N. J. (2023, October 25-27). Steam, silk and spice: Post-steampunk and the south seas [Conference paper presentation]. Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. The 2nd International Academic Conference of Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Wellington, New Zealand.

Weston, N. J. (2022, December 14-16). Yesterday’s tomorrow in technicolour: New Zealand steampunk’s unusual colourful character [Conference paper presentation]. Media, Culture, and Society: The Inaugural International Academic Conference of Up Education (Australia and New Zealand), Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Auckland, New Zealand.

Weston, N. J., & Hardy Bernal, K. A. (2022, September 13-14). A Discovery of Witches, a blue and orange landscape: Colour coding and unconscious orthogonal morality schemata in film and television [Conference paper presentation]. See and Be Seen: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Storytelling and Identity in Popular Culture, Popular Culture Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.


Invited Guest Lectures

Weston, N. J. (2022, June 22). ASC in the classroom [Invited guest lecture]. NZMA, Manakau, Auckland, New Zealand.




Contribution and Membership


Contribution to the Research Environment

Area Chair of Gender, Identity, Neurodiversity for Media, Culture, and Society: The Inaugural International Academic Conference of UP Education (Australia and New Zealand), Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Auckland, Dec 14-16, 2022

Weston, N. J. (work in progress). ASC in the tertiary education space [unpublished learning and teaching manual]. Yoobee Colleges.



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