Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE
Nesta and Universities UK launched two new reports looking at data analytics skills in the UK, and a policy briefing setting out changes in UK education and skills policy to improve the supply of analytical talent.
We are living in the middle of a big data explosion, but realising its opportunities will require talent with new skills. Businesses say they want data scientists with a mix of analysis, coding, domain knowledge and communication and soft skills, but those people seem hard to find – so much so that some even refer to them as “unicorns”. How is the education system coping?
At the event, we presented new evidence and actions addressing questions such as:
- What is the analytics skillset that high performing, data driven UK businesses are looking for?
- Where are the skills shortages?
- What does the landscape for analytics teaching in UK universities look like?
- What changes in the education and skills policy are needed to ensure that the UK has the analytics skills to thrive in the big data era?
This work is one of the actions in ‘Seizing the Data Opportunity: A strategy for UK data capability', published in October 2013.
The presentation of our findings and policy recommendations was followed by a panel including:
- Damian Kimmelman (CEO and co-founder, DueDil)
- Professor Sofia Olhede (Professor of Statistics, UCL)
- Jenny Warrilow (Analytics leader, Boots)
- Professor Patrick Wolfe (Professor of Statistics, UCL)
- Andrea Young (Director, Digital Economy Unit, DCMS)
The audience for the event included representatives from businesses across all sectors being transformed by the data revolution, as well as policymakers and educators.
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