Nicola Osborne

Nicola Osborne

Manager of the Institute of Design Informatics & Creative Informatics Programme Manager

Nicola Osborne, Manager of the Institute of Design Informatics & Creative Informatics Programme Manager

Nicola Osborne joined Design Informatics in December 2018 as Programme Manager for Creative Informatics. From June 2022, Nicola is also the Manager of the Institute for Design Informatics.

As Manager of the Institute for Design Informatics Nicola delivers strategic planning and delivery of administrative and non-academic services on behalf of the Institute Directors. She provides management, specialist advice, operational coordination, and support proposal writing and business development as well as evaluation and reporting.

As Programme Manager for Creative Informatics, Nicola leads delivery of this £10m project funded by the AHRC with support from the SFC and the City Region Deal Data Driven Innovation Initiative. CI brings together Edinburgh and South East Scotland’s creative, cultural and tech sectors to create ground-breaking new data driven products, services and experiences.

Prior to joining Design Informatics, Nicola undertook business development and managed innovative digital projects at EDINA, including the award-winning Curious Edinburgh mobile app, the UoE Internet of Things Research and Innovation service and the EU-funded COBWEB citizen science project. Nicola is Co-investigator (PI: Louise Connelly) on the Managing Your Digital Footprint research and co-tutor of the Digital Footprint MOOC

Nicola sits on the board of UK-wide digital arts organisation The Space. She is a member of the Turing Institute Humanities & Data Science Interest Group, the Journal of Open Research Software Editorial Advisory Board and the Association of Internet Researchers. Nicola is an experienced speaker and makes regular appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.


Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics aims to bring Edinburgh’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising innovative data-driven technologies to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences. 

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ekip – European Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Policy Platform

The European Commission has granted the ekip partnership 6 million euros to develop innovation policies for the cultural and creative industries. New policies for innovation are needed to provide the ecosystems in these sectors with more tailormade support, faciliating access to funding and incubators.

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Designing Responsible NLP

Designing Responsible NLP is a PhD with intergrated programme being run as part of the newly funded (as of the start of 2024) UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Responsible and Trustworthy in-the-world Natural Language Processing.

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