Currently Nieves holds the post of Head of Spanish in Languages for All and Resources representative in the Department of Modern Languages.
After completing her degree and post graduate teaching qualification in Spain she started her teaching career by taking up the post of teaching assistant at the Lycee Watteau in Valenciennes, France.
On completion of her contract in France she moved to England. In the early years she taught Spanish and French at all levels in a variety of institutions: Colleges of Adult Education, a College of Further Education, a Sixth Form College and secondary schools in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Nieves joined Leicester University Language Centre, initially as a French tutor with some Spanish input, in October 1992. With the expansion of Spanish she was given the opportunity to take up the role of Spanish co-ordinator with responsibility for all aspects of Spanish provision, a post in which she remained until she joined the CML at Birmingham University as the Head of the Spanish section in January 1999.
Since 2006, apart from her role as Head of the Spanish section Nieves has been the Languages for All Quality Assurance representative; since 2009 she has also been the Resources representative of the Modern Languages Department.