Back by popular demand, the University of Huddersfield will be hosting the HE Festival of Data on the 19th September 2019, with the theme of harnessing data.  The festival is an excellent chance to come and find out about what is happening across the sector in terms of good practice when working with large datasets, and communicating complex data to diverse audiences, a task we all have to regularly undertake. We have a range of speakers who will be presenting throughout the day on a variety of topics.


Speakers for the morning session (10.00am – 1.00pm) include:

Mario Ferelli

Mario is the former Director of Analytical Services at HEFCE and former Operational Research Consultant at the Office for Students (OfS). After working in Funding and Analytical Services at HEFCE for 28 years, Mario now is an independent consultant.

Andy Youell

Andy is the former Director of Data Policy and Governance at HESA, and former Director of the Higher Education Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP). He now provides consultancy advice to universities, governments and related organisations across the world.

Alison Jones

Alison has over twenty years’ experience of working in Higher Education, including working as Director of Planning and Governance at the University of Bradford and Head of Strategic Planning at Leeds Metropolitan University. Alison is currently Director of Planning at Oxford Brookes University and Chair of HESPA.

Jackie Njoroge

Jackie is Deputy Chair of HESPA, and has been Director of Strategy at University of Salford since 2016. Prior to this, she led the Strategic Planning and Management Information team within Manchester Metropolitan University, with a mandate to help change the strategic planning direction of the University.

David Kernohan

David Kernohan is an Associate Editor of Wonkhe. Until June 2016, he worked at Jisc as a programme manager and senior codesign manager, after being seconded from HEFCE in 2006. David’s areas of expertise include teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.

In the afternoon session (1.45pm – 4.00pm), delegates will be able to view data visualisations developed by a range of universities across the sector. This includes a Jisc workshop who will be demonstrating their Analytics Labs and Interactive Insights. We’ll also have data visualisations from across the sector for you to browse and you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Huddersfield’s award winning campus and learning analytics infrastructure. We are expecting delegates to be able to browse work from a number of different institutions, which makes this a very important event for those working in data communication.

Tickets are priced at £120 and are available now from our online store.

For any universities that agree to bring a demonstration of innovative work they have been undertaking in data communication and present it at one of our afternoon interactive poster presentation sessions we will be able to offer a reduced price of £70 per delegate for two delegates from your university.  This is a great chance to come and show off the great work you have been doing to a large audience. To take advantage of this please email, but do hurry as there are only a limited number of reduced price tickets available.