They allow for the opportunities presented by data to be realised and exploited, propelling technological advancements and spreading analytical skills. Universities also play an important part in overcoming some of the challenges associated with data, such as capability issues, skills shortages, and the ethical and legal issues posed by increased data usage.
As the use of data increases, a sufficient supply of data skills becomes critical to the UK's labour force. It is therefore important to examine data skills provision at universities, considering what skills our graduates need to succeed in a range of sectors.
This report sets out what universities can do to ensure that graduates have the skills they need to fully exploit the emerging opportunities presented by data.