Analytics Labs offers a unique chance for UK higher education institutions to develop business intelligence for the wider sector.
Participants can gain skills and competencies through the exploration and development of insights from a wide range of data sources, the best outputs of which will be considered for wider delivery to the sector.
It's also an excellent continuing professional development (CPD) opportunity.
How does Analytics Labs work?
1. We build expert teams
Our Analytics Labs will see cross-institutional teams of business intelligence experts, and others with data analysis and visualisation experience, working together in an Agile way.
2. Who use data to solve problems
The teams will solve problems using well-known data sources, such as the HESA collections (drawing on a Jisc/HESA data sharing agreement), linked to other educational (cross-sector), demographic, employability, economic and geospatial data sets. The datasets will then be loaded into our controlled analysis environment.
3. The teams analyse the data
The teams will then use cutting-edge tools to carry out data analysis and create visualisations and dashboards for a wide variety of stakeholders to support decision-making.
4. The outputs receive expert review
The outputs are then reviewed by peers and a panel of experts and, where applicable, can then be taken forward for wider sector access.
We plan to run three cycles (of three-month durations) over the following dates:
- 30 October 2017 - 7 February 2018
- 5 February 2018 - 14 May 2018
- 14 May 2018 - 8 August 2018
How to apply
Analytics Labs is open to staff from UK higher education institutions. We’re looking for both team members and team leaders.
Team members will be required to commit to just one day per week to a three-month cycle.
Team leaders (usually a head, assistant head or similarly senior role) will steer each team towards creating widely-applicable outputs. We anticipate team leaders will need to dedicate around seven days of their time over the three-month development cycle.
On application, we'll ask you to:
- Confirm that you are able to commit the time required and have your employer’s support
- Indicate your available dates
- State your preferred team role (member or leader)
- Indicate the themes/areas you’d be interested in exploring
- Explain in 500 words or less your relevant experience/why you you’d like to be involved
- Indicate any experience of related software tools or packages
Closing date: Friday 15 September 2017.