Data plays a vital role in institutional management and for underpinning public accountability in higher education. The academic community, research funders, sector stakeholders and government are also making progress in the field of open research data.
Sir Ian Diamond’s report on Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money highlights the sector’s commitment to sharing data, and considers how more value might be derived by opening data held within and outside the sector.
A ‘Creating value from open data’ project to explore the opportunities and challenges of open data in higher education is being taken forward by Universities UK in partnership with the National Union of Students, Jisc and the Open Data Institute.
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- The right tools for the job: harnessing the power of student voice through HearNowPosted 15 November 2017In this blog Jo Clarkson, Market Research and Insight Manager at the University of Warwick, shares how the HearNow project increased students’ feedback while minimising survey fatigue. The project by gathering students’ opinions as ‘snap-shot’ sentiments through technology and Gamification raised the number of active users from 200 to 13,000 with an average of 50% response rate.
- WHAT DOES GDPR MEAN FOR HIGHER EDUCATIONPosted 8 November 2017Rob Hunter is Managing Director and Founder of Hunterlodge Advertising. In this piece he draws our attention to the changing landscape of personal data management and the need for the HE sector as a whole to prepare for effective compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
- Is anybody out there?Posted 12 September 2017Changes to key metrics that make up the TEF will mean that universities will become more reliant on good quality outcomes data. Brian Hipkin says more demanding requirements will mean less time chasing staff for up-to-date student data but will require universities to forge a new relationship with graduates.
- Why blockchain could be the future in knowledge procurementPosted 31 May 2017More applications are emerging for blockchain - a formerly obscure technology that underpins the digital currency Bitcoin. Nick Petford, chair of the Procurement UK forum and vice chancellor of the University of Northampton, is excited about its potential for procurement.
- Using students to help stop students dropping outPosted 19 April 2017Who better to ask about why students drop out than students themselves? Jamie Rawsthorne was in his first year at the University of West of England when he met with vice chancellor Steve West to see how he could help prevent students leaving before the end of their courses. The result was the start of his company Unique Insights. Jamie explains why and how he took on the retention challenge.
- We call it data – students call it lifePosted 8 March 2017Big data will back up the new breed of personal tutors in universities. But Brian Hipkin worries that relying on statistics without a meaningful human context will create a support system that will ultimately fail students.
- Managing data management – can you help?Posted 22 February 2017As part of Efficiency Exchange's mission to help institutions share expertise, Alison Wallis from Royal Holloway, University of London would like to hear your experiences of improving data management.
- Sir Ian Diamond: ‘We can improve… by sharing best practice’.Posted 17 February 2017In an interview with Efficiency Exchange, Professor Sir Ian Diamond reflects on how universities have adapted to become more efficient.
- Show me the numbers – making data analytics work for youPosted 28 November 2016Data analytics are becoming more accessible for higher education institutions. Giles Carden, an advisor and co-designer at HESPA, offers some tips about how to make the best use of them.
- Giving students power over their learning dataPosted 21 November 2016Universities are investing time and money in creating learning analytics systems, but Ed Foster of Nottingham Trent Universities says these systems are only as good to the support given to staff and students who use them.
- Raising the bar through collaborationPosted 3 October 2016The Jisc-HESA Heidi lab project has brought professionals from a range of universities together to create dashboards for the sector’s new Heidi Plus business intelligence service. Anne Buckle, who took a leading role in one project team, highlights some of the benefits of this model of collaboration.
- What happens when the dial turns red?Posted 28 September 2016When the data shows that a student is struggling, how should universities respond? Brian Hipkin issues a plea to academics and their professional services colleagues to work together more to understand the student lifestyle from the student's perspective.
- HESA launches bid to remove barriers to the reuse of its datasetsPosted 16 June 2016A five year plan to open up higher education data was unveiled on Thursday by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Rosie Niven reports on the agency’s key recommendations.
- The rise of the new academic advisorPosted 14 June 2016Could the advent of the TEF see the emergence of a new breed of data-empowered academic advisors? Student experience consultant Brian Hipkin says the growth in student-generated ‘teaching excellence’ metrics could herald the introduction of this role.
- Boosting wider participation by using business intelligence toolsPosted 4 April 2016The University of East London has been using data analysis to study widening participation trends and foster collaboration with boroughs in east London. Gary Tindell explains how UEL is applying these techniques at a national level as part of the Heidi Lab project sponsored by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and Jisc
- Data footprints: three steps along the path to data innovationPosted 11 March 2016A recent report by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) highlights how Jisc, HESA and Universities UK could advance data innovation through collaborative activities. The good news is they are already making strides in this area, says Ian Powling of Universities UK.
- Not engaging with open data is ‘a loser’s game’Posted 10 December 2015Following Universities UK’s (UUK) recent open data mashup day in partnership with Jisc and the Open Data Institute, Ian Morton of UUK reflects on how smarter use of data by universities could play a significant part in answering the objectives of the government’s green paper on higher education – and also much more.
- Open Data Mashup Challenge – a participant’s viewPosted 8 December 2015A group of graduate interns and apprentices from Student Services in the at Sheffield Hallam University’s (SHU) Faculty of Development and Society were among the participants in November’s Open Data Mashup Challenge. Lucy Shanks explains how the challenge will benefit their work to improve the student journey.
- Meet Heidi Plus, HESA’s new business intelligence servicePosted 30 November 2015A new business intelligence service has been launched by Jisc and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to support university staff in making the most of the data available to them. HESA's Jonathan Waller explains how it will benefit the sector.
- Open data mashup day – speakers and agendaPosted 17 November 2015Enhancing the student journey will be the focus of today’s open data mashup hosted by Universities UK. Find out more about the participants in today’s event and how the open data agenda relates to higher education.
- Open data mashup challenge: enhancing the student journeyPosted 16 November 2015Universities UK and Jisc recently ran a challenge which invited developers to submit ideas to feed into the open data mashup challenge. Ian Powling rounds up the six finalists ahead of their final pitch on Tuesday.
- The everyday benefits of open data for studentsPosted 13 November 2015On Tuesday, universities and developers will be brought together for an open data mashup day, hosted by Universities UK, working in partnership with the Open Data Institute and Jisc. The University of Southampton’s Chris Gutteridge, who opens the event, sets out his vision for a future where organisations will routinely publish their open data.
- How open data can benefit universitiesPosted 13 November 2015On Tuesday, Universities UK will be hosting an open data mashup, which will focus on enhancing the student journey. As the event approaches, Efficiency Exchange is focusing on the potential of open data to benefit universities in delivering their mission.
- The UK Data Service: best practice in efficiency, effectiveness and value for moneyPosted 20 July 2015UK Data Service director Matthew Woollard discusses how the provision of a single infrastructure for data resources can result in efficiency savings for research institutions and data owners alike.
- New business intelligence service to widen access to data insightsPosted 18 June 2015Universities need insights about the wider environment in which they operate to help them make better informed decisions about their products and services. A new business intelligence service will be launched by Jisc and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) later this year to support university staff in making the most of the data available to them.
- An efficient solution to researchers’ identity crisisPosted 1 June 2015Next week’s Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) annual conference will include a session on how universities are implementing the ORCID researcher identifier. Ahead of the event, Jisc’s Verena Weigert explains how ORCID is enabling more effective research management.
- Road map published for the higher education information landscapePosted 26 May 2015The New Landscape project seeks to create a design for the information landscape, something that has never previously existed in higher education. Rosie Niven rounds up the main points set out in the publication of a report setting out the roadmap for data in higher education.
- Efficient sharing of university data is closer than you thinkPosted 17 December 2014Open data is enabling higher education institutions to discover and make the most of opportunities to collaborate, share equipment and expertise. Adrian Cox, project manager at equipment.data, writes about how how this kind of collaboration is helping to achieve efficiencies.
- Delivering better value through open dataPosted 10 December 2014Both public sector buyers and suppliers can experience long-term benefits from making their procurement data more open, Spendnetwork’s Ian Makgill suggests.
- Data-driven efficiency: what can higher education learn from consumer businesses?Posted 3 December 2014Open data offers a golden opportunity for institutions to understand their customers and market. Harvey Lewis of Deloitte explains how businesses are using this data to make better decisions.
- Supporting an open future at JiscPosted 26 November 2014Digital technology is making new approaches to open data possible in both research and professional services. Jisc’s Catherine Grout and David Kernohan describe the work taking place to support an open future.
- Open data opportunities in higher educationPosted 19 November 2014Sharing data openly offers huge benefits for higher education and institutions must make the most of it, says Ian Powling, Digital Programmes Lead at Universities UK.
- Calls for more data sharing in policy making and HEPosted 3 November 2014With open data to form a key strand in the second phase of efficiency work in higher education led by Sir Ian Diamond, we feature a contribution to the discussion by the Royal Statistical society that argues for the importance of data in policy and academia.
- Three posts about open data and efficiencyPosted 24 October 2014With open data the focus of an event organised by Universities UK on 18 November, we look back at Efficiency Exchange's previous coverage of this area. Here are three posts focusing on the use of open data in Higher Education.
- Translating the potential of open data into practicePosted 14 July 2014"Data is the next oil. Data is the new capital of the 21st century. Data will spur innovation and drive growth." We’ve all heard statements like these over the last few years. And in many ways they’re true. As the volume and richness of data rapidly increases, so does the demand for insight into strategies that can be implemented to harness its full value, says Harvey Lewis of Deloitte LLP. Harvey talks about translating the potential of open data into practice at 5pm Tuesday 15th July at Woburn House, Tavistock Square. Includes video and presentation.
- UUK seminar: What is open data and why should we be interested?Posted 6 June 2014With Gavin Starks, Chief Executive, Open Data Institute. 17:00 – 18:30 on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at Woburn House. The UUK seminar series ‘Creating value from open data’ kicks off with Gavin Starks of the Open Data Institute. Gavin will be talking about why open data is so important, how the agenda is developing and what higher education should take on board. The Open Data institute is an independent, non-profit organisation working to catalyse open data innovation established by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and supported by funding of £10 million over five years from the UK Government.
- Business intelligence and benchmarking can help universities make better decisionsPosted 2 April 2014We heard from Chris Hale of Universities UK about how universities use benchmarking to understand their management data. As a follow-up, the Efficiency Exchange asks Dr Giles Carden, Director of Strategic Planning & Analytics at the University of Warwick, for his views.
- data.ac.uk – next steps…Posted 25 March 2013One of the problems with doing “data stuff” is finding the data. The data.ac.uk service seeks to simplify the discovery of data published across the UK Higher Education sector. While institutions variously submitting data to such a datastore is the goal, it’s also likely that proactive centralised curating will be vital, says Tony Hirst. And […]