Welcome to Life of a Lecturer. This is where I make my musings about my work and interests available to the wider world (whether this is a good thing has yet to be confirmed…) and where I post and re-post interesting facts, papers and articles. In addition, there are some members-only perks in development.

Having first completed a degree in Agriculture & Biotechnology with a specialisation in Animal Health, I started working at Writtle University College in 2010 after completing my MSc in Animal Biology and Welfare. Over the years I have developed myself as an educator and course manager, and have been involved in a number of big projects, such as validation and revalidations of HE courses, development of new research areas, providing maths support to undergraduate students and a large multi-national multi-institution Erasmus+ funded project (TOPAS).

Currently my main focus is the use of evidence-based methods in animal health science, the interaction of animal nutrition and health and developing professionalism in graduates. In addition, I have a keen interest in HE Learning and Teaching research because I feel this helps me support my students. Currently, I am working on completing a doctoral a research project on evidence-based practice and course leadership in higher education.

Outside of Writtle, I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador for ExploreSTEM, promoting the sciences to school learners. I chair the Accreditation and CPD Subcommittee of the British Society for Animal Science, and I am an assessor for the professional registers of the British Society for Animal Science, the Royal Society of Biology and the Science Council. Additionally, I am a reviewer for Veterinary Evidence and Journal of Biological Education.

I tweet as @Nieky_WUC and blog at www.niekyvanveggel.eu. My ORCID ID is orcid.org/0000-0001-6738-6989.

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