An analytics service for universities, bringing together vast amounts of data to inform their business decisions, is one of the runners up at the 2018 National Technology Awards.
They bring together a vast amount of useful information, including:
- HE league tables
- A school finder to target recruitment
- Detailed A-level results
- Leavers’ destinations
- Postgraduate research analysis
The dashboards also allow universities to compare how they stack up against each other on measures such as race equality and income generation from research and businesses.
They were developed through a series of Analytics Labs made up of higher education professionals with the most promising ones published through HESA’s Heidi Plus service.
Myles Danson, senior co-design manager at Jisc, attended the ceremony along with HESA’s head of digital services Nicola Phelps at a venue in central London on Thursday.
Myles Danson said:
“On behalf of the Jisc team I’m delighted that we were in the running for a National Technology Award. Along the way we’ve coached and mentored 244 analysts from 96 universities and related organisations. We’re really proud of them.
“Their creativity coupled with our legal and technical framework is helping to deliver data derived business intelligence insights to the whole UK higher education sector. It’s fostering improved strategic decision making, ultimately striving towards better student experience, research, workforce, finances, estates and libraries.
“It’s a fantastic shared service to be involved in and we’re grateful for the recognition the project has had from being shortlisted.
Nicola Phelps of HESA said:
“The nomination of the Analytics Labs and Community Dashboards project for this award recognises the hard work and creativity of colleagues from across the higher education sector. Diverse groups of colleagues from different universities have come together to solve their common problems for the good of the whole sector.
“Using data from HESA and many other sources the teams have put together some incredibly innovative dashboards. It’s been a privilege for HESA and the Heidi Plus team to prepare the best of these to share on the Heidi Plus business intelligence service so the whole HE community can benefit from them.”
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.