Data Science Education Centre of Excellence

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The Data Science Education Centre of Excellence provides a focal point for current and planned data science education and training across the University

Data science training is a priority across the University. Our aim is to provide quality training, delivered by experts in their field, for a wide range of audiences; from school-aged children to individual college or university students; from PhD candidates to executives working in industry or government departments, including our own staff. The overall outcome needs to be a set of “data science education” pathways to fill the skills gap for a multitude of different audiences, both internal and external. These pathways need to be embedded in disciplinary/sectorial cultures, audiences and context, and systematically address:

(1) the learning outcomes needed in each academic discipline and industry sector (and for which there is demand, to make it sustainable);

(2) the background of existing skills that already exist in each of these segments; and,

(3) and the pedagogical principles that will determine appropriate teaching methods and mode of delivery.

These pathways and the associated courses and programmes need to be introduced in the University’s delivery, quality assurance, and administration processes for teaching. 

The Data Science Education Centre of Excellence was established in June 2019. With the initial core team hosted at the Bayes Centre working in collaboration with colleagues across the University's Colleges, Schools and five Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Hubs, and with Sectors and the DDI Skills Gateway to support the delivery of data science education, data skills development training, and data understanding across the University. The Centre will act as a central coordinating unit for data science education to ensure initiatives are aligned and a strategic portfolio of interdisciplinary curriculum is both identified and developed; provide support to Schools who will deliver innovative data science education; and provide a central point of contact for industry, public sector, and third sector interest brought in via Business Development staff and the Careers Service.  

At all times, the Centre will work with existing University policies and procedures ensuring adherence to quality assurance processes, while developing streamlined curriculum identification and development projects for the most pressing opportunities. The Centre itself will not deliver educational offerings but will leverage existing activities and programmes to ensure a consistent approach to data science education across the University. 

For any queries please contact the Centre of Excellence team by email: bayes-education@ed.ac.uk.

 

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