After a very successful recruitment drive for new Analytics Labs participants we have been delighted this week to host the start-up event for the January 2020 intake at our Churchgate House offices in Manchester.
We have 28 participants from across the UK higher education sector who will be working in three teams – two looking at Widening Participation (one focused on Planning aspects, the other on Outreach) and a third team exploring International Competitiveness.
As a result of feedback and evaluation from previous participants, we are trialling some new approaches this time round. These include the introduction of parallel sessions at the start-up on tools and techniques used within Analytics Labs, including on wireframing and paper prototyping, Alteryx and Tableau.
It was great to feel the buzz at the event as participants introduced themselves to each other and talked about the possibilities for the coming weeks. We’re sure that the weekly mix of remote and face to face meetings will prove to be very creative and productive as the teams explore data and user stories in order to produce proof of concept data visualisations and dashboards.
Good luck to them all and we look forward to reporting on their progress later in the year.