A limited number of tickets are still available for the HE Festival of Data, hosted by the University of Huddersfield on 19th September 2019.

The theme of this year’s festival is harnessing data, and we have engaged a range of speakers who will be presenting throughout the day on a variety of topics, as well as a number of demonstrations and workshops that will provide an insight into the excellent work being carried out in the sector.

Standard delegate tickets are priced at £120 and are available now from our online store.

Itinerary of the day:

9:30                 Registration

Morning Presentations (10:00-13:00):

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.

Tea Break

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.

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.

Sally Turnbull: Sally is Director of Planning and Insight at UCLan, leading a team which covers the full breadth of strategic and operational planning activities. Sally has a strong interest in the ways in which data on higher education are used to inform the public narrative about the sector and is Chair of HESPA’s Higher Education Data Insight Group.

Afternoon Workshops (14:00-16:00):

Jisc: Analytics Labs, Interactive Insights and Learning Analytics

Texuna: Integrating BI tools with NSS data

Liz Bennett (University of Huddersfield): Students’ Learning Responses to Dashboard data

Afternoon Poster Presentations (14:00-16:00):

University of Cambridge – Tableau for presenting research activity, finance data and KPIs

University of Manchester – Power BI for monitoring progress against the targets set in APP

University of Brighton – Dashboard for Athena SWAN applications

Kings College London – Data Communication using Microsoft Azure and Power BI

Oxford Brookes University – Learning Analytics in Partnership with Texuna

University of Birmingham – Tableau for access and participation data

Staffordshire University – Power BI and Microsoft Power Apps for personal tutor dashboards

Advance HE – Reporting to institutions of PRES, PTES and UKES


The event ends at 16:00.


Delegates will be able to book onto the afternoon workshops in advance (limited number of places available). Details of how to book onto these workshops, as well as registration details and how to find us will be circulated on an email the week before the event.

Standard delegate tickets are priced at £120 and are available now from our online store.