Jisc and HESA project up for national tech award

The business analytics service for HE, developed by Jisc and HESA, has been shortlisted for the National Technology Awards 2018

The Analytics Labs and Community Dashboards project is one of five services shortlisted for Analytics Project of the Year. The winner will be announced on 17 May at a ceremony in central London.

The National Technology Awards celebrate the pioneers of new technology, focusing on innovation in areas such as finance, travel, gaming, IoT and analytics. Winning entries come from those companies and organisations who have made outstanding technological contributions across a variety of sectors.

Myles Danson, Jisc’s Senior Co-design Manager, said: “On behalf of the Jisc and HESA team I’m delighted we’ve received this nomination”.

“The initiative has engaged 234 staff from 96 universities to date, developing data-derived insights to improve the whole of UK higher education, from student recruitment, graduate employability, course provision, staffing, estates, research, finance and much more. We’re making the insights available to all UK higher education institutions.”

“It’s something we are all very proud of and we’re only just beginning the journey.”

The Analytics Labs and Community Dashboards are part of a collaboration between Jisc and HESA to build a business intelligence shared service for education. The project enables higher education institutions to use a series of dashboards to review comparative data from a number of sources, compare their performance with peer organisations and identify trends and gain insights.  

The dashboards were developed through a series of Analytics Labs made up of HE Professionals with the most promising ones published through HESA’s Heidi Plus service. These teams have explored and recorded over 60 different data sources, including Department of Education, HESA and UCAS

The first dashboards were published in September 2017, the second and third sets following in January and March 2018, with more in the pipeline. The available dashboards include higher education league tables, destination of leavers and Brexit’s implication on research. 

The project seeks to help universities and colleges as they face mounting financial pressure and increasing overseas competition. You can find out more about the dashboards and how to access them on the Jisc website. Higher education providers can try them for free until July 2018.

HESA and Jisc initially collaborated on this project to boost the business intelligence capability of the UK in 2014. The first outcome of the collaboration was the launch of Heidi Plus, the new business intelligence project in late 2015. This used the latest visualisation technology to make it quick and easy for decision makers to directly access the information they need, providing their institution is a full HESA subscriber. 

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