Please note: we are re-designing our offer and the text below describes analytics labs from 2016-2020.
About analytics labs
Analytics labs runs several times a year, bringing together teams of data analysts to work on key topics and challenges in the HE sector to provide data-driven solutions.
This is CPD in context. It’s uniquely geared around the most timely and pressing issues facing UK higher education. You’ll leave with new skills, new contacts and new knowledge that will be directly applicable to your day job.
Participants are supported to develop their competencies in data manipulation and visualisation, knowledge of the national data landscape and use of data for enhanced strategic decision-making, all in an educational setting. We provide the organisational, technical and legal framework for participants to process data.
Who we're looking for
We are looking for strong data analysts to join our agile analysis teams as we explore timely and widely felt challenges while developing new and existing skills.
You will develop experience and skills in:
Tableau – leading-edge data visualisation software
The national data landscape – what, where and how national data can apply to enhancing education
Agile development methods
All while expanding your professional and personal network of peers.
Benefits to your university
Skills you develop could help to:
Improve staff skills in the area of data and analytics
Access a wide range of quality controlled national data
Gain experience in using relevant cutting-edge software tools and techniques
Meet current and future challenges using data to aid scenario planning and risk analysis
Influence future developments such as data science opportunities
Access, analyse and review comparative data collated from over 60 sources
About the programme
The analytics labs experience typically involves up to 13 days of expert-led activity exploring and visualising data with peers from across the sector.
On completing the programme, you can take part in a showcase event demonstrating outputs to your peers and a panel of experts. You will be awarded with a digital credential and invited to join our analytics labs alumni forum. As a forum member you’ll receive unique offers, see early previews of new service content and have an opportunity to influence it.
Our previous participants have described the experience as "insightful", "innovative" and "fun".
The varied topics explored by analytics labs so far include:
Athena Swan and race equality
Business and community interaction
Destinations of leavers
Estates sector benchmarking
Finding comparable providers
Higher education league tables
Impact of Brexit
School competitor modelling tools
How we use the outputs
The individual dashboards produced by analytics labs are rapid prototypes and are not intended to be service ready. Jisc looks to these for inspiration when developing new production standard products.
Typically, we combine a number of prototypes with our own original ideas generating suites of dashboards to address broad themes. Our product development process is labour intensive and thorough spanning all aspects from data acquisition, reliability user testing, user experience, ongoing support and maintenance.
We aim to regularly release new suites throughout the year of benefit to a wide range of staff roles and university business areas.
Access to these high quality suites are offered as an additional subscription service to the sector through the Heidi Plus service.