Data Carpentry - Data Life Cycle
Data organising with spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data analysis with Python.
Data Carpentry workshops teach fundamental data skills needed for anyone that deals with data and datasets. These two-day online workshops focus on the introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis. The model is based on a community of certified instructors who teach at the workshops, and contributors who maintain the lesson materials. The instructors come from a range of backgrounds with sound experience in dealing with data.
Lesson materials are all available under a CC-BY licence and maintained by the community itself. They are used as the modular bricks to build a slightly different version of the workshop depending on the attendee needs. You can find out further information on Data Carpentries here and more specifically Data Carpentries at The University of Edinburgh here.
These are introductory-level workshops. They provide foundational skills – no prior knowledge is needed.
The target audience for this workshop are learners who have little to no prior computational experience. We create a friendly environment for learning to empower you and enable data-driven good practices. The workshops are highly interactive and hands-on.
Learners wanting to acquire a fast but sound grounding on a typical data life-cycle with a focus on Python.
Though there are no specific entry requirements, learners will be expected to have a basic knowledge of computers.
English Language Requirements
You must be comfortable studying and learning in English if it is not your first language.
Better data-entry with spreadsheets; data cleaning with OpenRefine; data analysis and visualisation with Python.
Course fees for 21/22 are £350, but funded places are available for people employed, unemployed or furloughed in Scotland who meet Scottish Funding Council eligibility criteria.
Through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Upskilling Fund and National Transition Training Fund, a number of fully-funded places are available at The University of Edinburgh on short, standalone courses from the Data Skills Workforce Development Training portfolio.
Funded places are available to those who meet Scottish Funding Council (SFC) fee waiver criteria. Note that course places are limited and priority will be given to those who meet the criteria for SFC-funded places.
Determining eligibility for a funded place for upskilling takes a number of things into account, including fee status, but also location of employer. SFC provide guidance specifically for upskilling courses:
“Courses/provision is open to all Scottish-domiciled/’home fee’ students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places. Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. If however a university is working with a Scottish/UK employer which has a physical presence or operating in Scotland, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.”
Organisations like UKCISA, and the University, provide guidance on how to determine your fee status:
- Information on current fee status regulations for studying in Scotland is available here: https://ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Scotland-fee-status-for-students-starting-from-August-2021.
- You can check your likely fee status here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/tuition-fees/fee-status/work-out
If your fee status is Scotland Fee Rate, RUK Fee Rate, or EU-EEA Pre/Settled Scotland Fee rate, you may be eligible for a funded upskilling place. To determine this we will look at your fee status, residency information and, where relevant, details of your employer, to confirm whether the employer is based in, or has a significant presence, in Scotland.
Funding eligibility will be assessed at the point of each application for each course; you may be asked to provide further information if you do not meet the general residence conditions. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to discuss your funding eligibility before applying.
Please note that full-time students (including full-time PhD students) are not eligible for funding.
Funding eligibility criteria for the National Transitition Training Fund in the 2021/22 session is still to be confirmed.
How to Apply
Courses are now being updated for the 2021/22 academic year.
Each course will have a distinct start date which will be updated on the Schedule of Courses webpage and each Course page.
Application links will be available in each individual course webpage, which can be accessed from the Courses summary page. Details about entry requirements and any supporting documentation required can also be found on each page.
You can register your interest by joining our mailing list where courses do not have a live application form for this session.
If you have questions about the application process please contact:
You may find additional information in the FAQ section helpful as well:
You will receive a certificate of attendance after completion of the course.
Applications for June 2022 entry are now closed.