It's been said that Britain is facing “explosive demand” for data science skills and its education system needs to change to keep up, according to an analysis commissioned by the Royal Society. Demand for data scientists and data engineers tripled over recent years.
Having these types of skills of using raw and unstructured data to determine trends, patterns and correlations in ways that can help inform actions, will be key to employability.
Recognising this, we want to help our students improve their skills in data science and analytics to make them more attractive in the job market and to help them gain confidence to pursue further postgraduate study in this area.
“We need students who have knowledge in a wide range of social science and humanities topics, but who can also work with data science and analytics to understand patterns and trends. There is a real disconnect between people who can communicate well and people that are good at data science. Our short courses aim to bridge that gap.”
We are offering two unique extracurricular data science courses. They are completely free-of-charge for both new and returning Essex students. Both courses cover the same topics and content, but one is taught online and the other will be available in-person at our Colchester Campus.
You will cover the following topics. Please note: the topics for the course in January 2022 have not been confirmed and are subject to change.
If you are a current Essex student or you are starting your degree in January 2022 and you're interested in taking one of these courses, please email Professor Natasha Lindstaedt your name, degree course and year of study.
Due to exceptional demand for these courses, we are planning to offer them again in September 2022.
“Essex has a really diverse student body and has some of the best academics in data science in Europe. We would like to be known as the number one institution in Europe for data science training, particularly for non-computer scientists, and to reach students from around the world.”
The boot camp is part of the University’s plan to create a Data Science and Global South Centre which will merge topics that are often neglected in data science. The hope is for the Centre to bring the humanities, social sciences and computer science closer together, offering collaborations, education and training. This will extend to include Essex’s educational partners in the Global South – in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.
The University is home to the Institute for Analytics and Data Science – a centre for excellence that connects scholars, businesses, institutions and authorities to work on their data needs. The Essex data analytics community includes Professor Maria Fasli, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Health, who is UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science.
Essex is committed to putting people at the heart of data science and is part of the unique Essex Centre for Data Analytics partnership with Essex County Council and Essex Police – a programme designed to share data ethically and combine it with the experience of people and communities across Essex, to create powerful insight and inform policy decisions.