JISC and HESA Business Intelligence Project

17 May 2018

Our Head of Student Recruitment and Marketing, Matt Jansen (pictured fourth from the left), participated in the first-ever Analytics Lab team, composed entirely of staff from alternative providers. The Analytics Labs are a component of the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) collaborative Business Intelligence Project, which has run since 2016 and has recently been recommissioned for another year.

Over a 12 week cycle, members of the Analytics Lab team created a number of community dashboards, and yesterday (16 May 2018), at the Showcase event in Manchester the team presented a number of dashboards across four key themes, with an alternative provider focus:

  • Who are the Alternative Providers? What courses do they offer? Where are they? How many students do they have?
  • Top 5 Peer Finder: search for your institution, a course or subject area and find the five most similar providers in terms of age on entry, level of qualification on entry and student population.
  • The Student Profile of Alternative Providers
  • The Distance Travelled of Applicants and Total "Value Added" (from entry qualification to exit award).

Some of the dashboards may be taken forward by the JISC Special Projects Team to be redeveloped and become available via HEIDI Plus (HESA’s higher education intelligence platform). HEIDI Plus is used by professionals across the higher education sector.

The alternative providers team (pictured) was composed of data specialists, business intelligence officers and marketing professionals from a diverse range of providers including SAE Institute, University College of Estate Management and Regent’s University London. The team was headed by Oliver Sussat of the Academy of Contemporary Music and guided by Rhodri Rowlands, Senior Data Visualisation Officer at JISC and Scott Wilson, Partner at Cetis LLP (and member of the JISC Special Projects Team).

Because the Analytics Labs are a secure environment, data from these dashboards is not available to be shared with the wider public. However, a room of data specialists voted strongly in favour of taking the team's dashboards on for further development. The team also received strong feedback from an expert panel comprised of:

  • Neil Richardson, HESA (Tableau Zen Master)
  • Tom Loya, Head of Strategy, University of Nottingham (Chair of the Analytics Labs Board)
  • Sarah Davies, Head of HE and Student Experience, JISC.

LSBM looks forward to continuing to collaborate with other leading higher education providers over the coming year to take this work forward, and assist in the important work they are doing to streamline information provision in higher education.

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