Teresa Ironside (MBA)

Director of Data Science Education


Within my role as Director of Data Science Education, I am responsible for the Education remit within the Bayes Centre with a focus on Talent development within the within the College of Science and Engineering and Data Driven Innovation (DDI) programme. I am a member of the Bayes Steering and Executive Groups and chair the Bayes Education Group, leading on collaborative data science training and data driven innovation (DDI) initiatives within the College of Science and Engineering, working across the University and with affiliated partners. I am a member of multiple steering groups and contribute to many University committees. 

 I oversee the current interdisciplinary online learning suite of programmes in Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) and Data Upskilling Short Courses (DUSC), both growing portfolios of courses contributed from all three Colleges across the University in the sciences, humanities and medicine, working collaboratively with DDI Hubs.   

I also lead on the cross-DDI Data Science Education Centre of Excellence, which aims to provide a focal point for current and planned data science education and training across the University and to gain a better understanding of existing content, regulatory, software, process limitations and planned growth in order to help quickly leverage opportunities as the University of Edinburgh develops data science activities. 


Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Edinburgh

Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons. BA), University of Toronto 

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Bayes Education Group - Chair
  • Data Science Education Centre of Excellence Strategy Group - Chair 
  • Bayes Executive Group - Member
  • Bayes Steering Group - Member 
  • Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) Academic Steering Group / Education Committee - Member
  • AgriTech Talent Management Group - Member
  • Ed-Dash Steering Group - Member
  • Software Sustainability Institute Steering Group - Member 
  • SENSE CDT Steering Group - Member 
  • Data Science Technology and Innovation Group Programme Oversight Committee - Member


Principal’s Medal Awarded for Exceptional Contribution, University of Edinburgh – December 2020

  •  Co-Lead Team Award for Technology Enhanced Learning