A business analytics service developed by Jisc and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for use in higher education has been shortlisted for the 2018 National Technology Awards.
The analytics labs and community dashboards project is one of five services shortlisted for Analytics Project of the Year. The winner will be announced on 17 May 2018 at a ceremony in central London.
Myles Danson, Jisc’s senior co-design manager, said:
“On behalf of the Jisc and HESA team I’m delighted we’ve received this nomination.
“The initiative has engaged 246 staff from 95 universities to date, delivering data derived insights to improve the whole of UK higher education, from student recruitment, graduate employability, course provision, staffing, estates, research, finance and much more.
“It’s something we are all very proud of and we’re only just beginning the journey.”
The analytics labs and community dashboards are part of a collaboration between Jisc and HESA to build a business intelligence shared service for education. The project enables higher education institutions to use a series of dashboards to review comparative data from a number of sources, compare their performance with peer organisations and identify trends and gain insights.
The dashboards were developed through a series of analytics labs made up of HE professionals with the most promising ones published through HESA’s Heidi Plus service.
The first dashboards were published in September 2017, the second set following in January 2018, with more in the pipeline.
The project seeks to help universities and colleges as they face mounting financial pressure and increasing overseas competition.