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Data Science Education Centre of Excellence

  • DDI Funding: In-kind support
  • Timescale: Begins June 2019
  • Lead Hub: Bayes Centre

Data science training is a priority across the University of Edinburgh (UoE) with an aim to provide quality training delivered by experts in their field for a wide range of audiences; from school-aged children to individual college or university students; from PhD candidates to executives working in industry or government departments, including our own staff.

Building on the success of the portfolio model from the UoE’s College of Science and Engineering data science training initiatives, a new Data Science Education Centre of Excellence has been established with the initial core team hosted at the Bayes Centre. Working in collaboration with colleagues across the UoE, DDI Hubs and Sectors, and the Skills Gateway, the Centre supports the delivery of data science education, data skills training, and data understanding across the University. The Centre will support the delivery of the City Region Deal’s TRADE objectives, working closely with DDI Sector Leads and UoE academic, technical, and professional services staff.

 

Growing Data Science Education via the Centre

The aim of the Centre is to act as a central coordinating unit for data science education across the Talent pipeline to ensure initiatives are aligned and a strategic portfolio of interdisciplinary curriculum is identified and developed, providing support to UoE Schools who will deliver innovative data science education, and provide a central point of contact for industry, public sector, and third sector interest brought in via Business Development staff and the Careers Service.

The Centre will act as a focal point, bringing experts in student administration management together to work on the step change processes to delivery ambitious data science training targets.  In doing so it will avoid duplication of effort and work with academic subject experts to support robust curriculum delivery to meet and go beyond the current DDI targets, growing student numbers and increasing associated fee income. It will work to ensure the content created benefits the DDI Hubs and wider University ensuring activities and initiatives are linked to realise the benefits of a growing portfolio.

As of June 2019, Bayes Education Managers will lead on the immediate priorities which include:

  • Landscape mapping of existing courses, programmes, training, and outreach activity along with current methods of delivery; creating and maintaining a portfolio matrix of activity
  • Working with colleagues across the University to develop processes to streamline the creation of course and programme delivery related to committee structures and system developments, enabling training and curriculum development to be developed and delivered at pace and scale.

At all times, the Centre will work with existing University policies and procedures ensuring adherence to quality assurance processes, while developing streamlined curriculum identification and development projects for the most pressing opportunities. The Centre itself will not deliver educational offerings but will leverage existing activities and programmes.

The Centre will support the delivery of the City Region Deal’s TRADE objectives, working closely with DDI Sector Leads and UoE academic, technical, and professional services staff