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The data drive

Universities must catch up with competitors on learning analytics, report will say.

Institutions should make better use of data and analytics to improve the student experience, according to a report compiled by the Higher Education Commission, a group of MPs and academics, that is due to be published by Policy Connect, a think tank, on 22 January.

The report is due to say that to retain its “competitive advantage”, universities and higher education agencies must harness the “enormous volumes of data” that are generated every day. It will advise that the Higher Education Statistics Agency, Jisc and Universities UK work together on this. Within institutions, the report will suggest that a “strong strategic vision” be implemented to spur a culture shift that places data at the heart of all aspects of the university. This should be supplemented by proper training and resources for staff to enable them to manage data appropriately.

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