‘Data for All’: University of Essex offers free data science and analytics training for students to boost employability skills



University of Essex is ensuring that every student has the opportunity to be trained in data science and analytics and become employment ready

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With the aim to boost the employability skills of students, UK-based University of Essex today announced ‘Data for All’, a free data science and analytics training programme for every student at University of Essex. Every student now has the opportunity to gain the essential data skills many employers are demanding, at no additional cost to their study.


The three-pronged ‘Data for All’ approach means University of Essex students can access a whole range of data programmes, tailored to their individual data needs, and to improve these skills.


These are:

  • For students wanting to have data science and analytics as the key focus of their degree, Essex offers a wide range of specific courses
  • For students who want data to be part of their degree but not the main feature, there is the opportunity to gain advanced data analytical skills within their degree programme
  • For students taking non-data focused degrees but are interested in enhancing their data skills to improve their employability, they can take part in a wide range of extra-activities including a basic introduction to data skills short course and a data science boot-camp


Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education Professor Madeline Eacott said: “Being familiar and comfortable with using data at work is becoming a vital skill for many careers as employers are increasingly demanding data expertise from their workforce.


“We want to ensure every Essex student has the chance to study an element of data whilst they are with us. We are delighted we can offer this Data for All programme which delivers a suite of data skill options depending on the student and what they are studying to help prepare them for the world of work and improve their employability skills.”


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.


Natalie Cramp, CEO of data science company Profusion, said: “Nearly every organisation is now using data to enhance how they operate and service their customers. As a result, data skills are in incredibly high demand in pretty much every industry and job function