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Jisc | Data Matters

Helen and Alex will be speaking at Jisc's Data Matters

Tuesday 26 January
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Data Matters is jointly run by Jisc, HESA and QAA, who are the UK’s higher education digital, data and quality experts.

Come together online with experts from across the sector to discuss and debate the key data, analytics challenges and solutions as we approach an uncertain future.


Helen and Alex will be speaking on the 26th January 13:15-13:45 on Data Driven Decision Making in Unprecedented Times.

You can find the full programme on the Jisc website.

The theme for the conference

Enabling data certainty

This year’s theme will focus on ‘enabling data certainty’.

The UK education sector is moving towards an uncertain future. The sector needs to transform to meet the requirements of industry 4.0 and student expectations. With COVID-19 having such a huge impact on the operation of the higher education sector now and in the foreseeable future, the entire student experience has been and will be disrupted by the restrictions in place to mitigate the risks of the virus. This has impacted on the use of formal and informal learning spaces, as well as an increasing reliance on online platforms and digital content.

It has also impacted on student recruitment, domestic as well as international. Universities have a responsibility to support all students to thrive and achieve, and it is increasingly recognised that students’ experiences are very different depending on a large number of factors, including background and personal circumstances, type and subject of their course. The mental health and wellbeing of students is an increasing concern for universities and sector bodies.

The role of data, analytics, data modelling, predictive analytics and visualisation will be a core aspect of this uncertain future, but the uncertainty will bring new challenges for the sector in how they utilise the potential of data. Public scepticism about algorithms and data use is creating new ethical and legal challenges in the gathering, processing and interpretation of data.

Who should attend

Data Matters is not just for data professionals. The conference is also ideal for HE practitioners and professional services staff working on organisational areas such as:

  • Strategic planning
  • Academia
  • Student experience
  • Careers
  • Quality

This is an external event

To find out more and to register, please go to Jisc's website or using the 'Book Your Place' link above.

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