"One of the most important parts of knowledge needed in the beginning of the PhD for biosciences."
I worked with Nikki Osborne in the development of 2 on-line courses for researchers and animal care staff available on the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn, within a large London based academic institute.
The two course developed and presented were “Experimental Design” and “Animal Research Integrity”. Nikki developed the course learning objectives, presented and delivered the presentations which were professionally recorded, assisted with editing and provided an invaluable resource pack with references for candidates attending the course. The tutorial material was revised to reflect local expertise within research departments on site (e.g. 3Rs, statistical advice services) and local policies
Her hard work, professionalism and approach to the project was admired by all involved. Nikki has been efficient and proactive, particularly in meeting deadlines and has added value to a better understanding of what research integrity means in the context of laboratory animals science. Nikki strikes just the right balance between being a flexible, easy to deal with professional, yet having all the key strengths, attributes and knowledge to support and deliver high quality, respected course material.
Our Establishment could scarcely have asked for a better service in any way.
I worked with Nikki to develop and deliver ‘A Bioscientist’s Guide to Research Integrity’ for our researchers. The session was exceptionally well received by both senior staff and PhD students, particularly the use of the ARRIVE guidelines to critically assess research papers. Feedback was extremely positive with demand for more information and follow up sessions.
It was a pleasure to work with Nikki in developing concepts for this course; she has a vast knowledge of the regulations and significant experience of working in a bioscience environment. She understands researchers and what works well for individuals at different career stages. One of the most valuable factors; for me and for our audience; was how Nikki tailored the session to reflect our institutional policies and practices relating to research integrity.
Nikki’s professionalism and flexible approach ensured that we delivered a professional development opportunity that was meaningful, high quality and that contributes to the highly skilled researchers we produce.
“This course should be compulsory for new starts (staff and students). Very smooth presentation and engaging dynamic presenter, thank you”
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"Thanks! An essential introduction to complex, practical and useful knowledge in relation to Animal Research."
We are based in West Sussex, located close to Gatwick Airport and within easy reach of London by train.
Nikki delivered a half-day workshop to researchers at the University of Sheffield in April 2017. Nikki is a very engaging deliverer & the session was well paced. What was really effective was how Nikki contextualised the subject of research integrity so that the issues resonated with the audience, which is a hard trick to pull off
"This course should be made compulsory for every researcher working with animals! Goes above and beyond the animal module courses."
"Nikki’s presentation “Responsible Conduct: An Integral part of any Culture of Care” received excellent feedback from the audience consisting of Animal Technologists, Personal and Project Licence Holders, Named Training and Competency Officer, Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer, Procedure Establishment Licence Holder and the Animal Facility Manager. The content of the presentation and the clear and concise manner in which it was delivered was timely for the Fera team as we had recently drafted a “Code of Conduct – Culture of Care”. Information in the presentation and Nikki’s passionate delivery will certainly help the Fera team further develop the code of conduct and the embedding of the “culture of care” into the animal facility and research work performed at Fera."
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"Very informative from a very knowledgeable lead. Thoroughly benefitted from this course and will make me a better researcher as a whole."
"good organisation and content, useful and engaging activities"