We need to talk data governance

What is data governance and why is it essential at every institution?

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Every college and university knows the importance of good governance and the need to manage data, but what does that really mean in 2021? What is data governance, why should it form a key part of overall strategy and how can it be effectively implemented?

The truth is, there is no one right answer.

In this webinar, we seek to answer those questions, explore the benefits of taking a strategic approach to data and how it can improve every facet of college or university operations, from compliance and analytics, right through to student experience and recruitment.

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The ability to manage and assure data operations is a core organisational competence. Creating a data governance framework that is appropriate to the scale and complexity of your organisation is a critical step in developing this competence.

But there are various ways of thinking about data governance, and each is valid with the potential to deliver real value through improved data capabilities.

Following on from the live panel webinar, Andy’s latest paper sets out the case for data governance in detail and considers what a coherent and pragmatic approach to data governance looks like.


Andy Youell

Andy has spent over 30 years working with data the systems and people that process it. Formerly Director of Data Policy and Governance at the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and member of the DfE Information Standards Board, Andy is now a strategic data advisor. A school governor, Andy was also recently a member of the Independent Review Panel on 2020 qualification grades in Wales.

Rob Clark

Rob has worked in further and higher education software for over 20 years, starting his career in systems support at the University of Oxford before joining Education Software Solutions (ESS). As Customer Account and Sales Director for UNIT-e at ESS, he works with FE colleges and HE institutions across the UK.

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For over 30 years, Education Software Solutions (ESS) systems have been helping to reduce the amount of time schools, colleges and universities have to spend on administration, freeing up precious time to focus on what matters. The home of UNIT-e, ESS works with over 19,000 learning providers across 49 countries to make the process of education simpler. By removing data silos and creating a single source of truth spanning the full student journey, our student information and library management systems are helping data-driven further and higher education providers respond to challenges in the sector, faster.


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