Nicola Sainsbury comes originally from Devizes in Wiltshire and now lives in Epsom in Surrey. She has a BA from the University of East Anglia in French and Swedish and an MA from King’s College London in French Literature and Culture.
Nicola worked in higher education for 25 years, covering a wide range of roles in the areas of postgraduate student administration, quality assurance, governance and research policy mostly at King’s College London. This included the co-ordination of the university’s submissions to RAE 2008 and REF 2014.
From 2002 until she left the institution in 2018 she worked in roles with responsibility for research integrity and misconduct and research ethics, and from 2008 took on a leadership role in the area. She has experience of dealing with allegations of misconduct in research for a number of years, and has also run workshops and seminars covering the practical aspects of operating a research misconduct procedure.
She recently decided on a change of direction in her career and is currently on a career break after which she hopes to work in the areas of nature, conservation or animal welfare.