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Call for Proposals: The Data Lab MSc Innovation Week

The Data Lab requires assistance in the preparation and running of our Innovation Week, as part of our 2017/18 MSc Programme.

The Data Lab MSc is a fully funded challenge-based learning programme, now entering its third year, supporting 130 students across 11 Scottish Universities. It aims to close the skills gap in data science and provide students with an education geared towards meeting the needs of industry, so the students grasp the skills that organisations actually require.

As an integral part of the course, The Data Lab offers students additional training that focuses on applying their theoretical knowledge in a real-world context and developing non-technical skills essential to data science, such as teamwork and communication. This is delivered by The Data Lab MSc Innovation Week, a 5 day residential trip where all 130 students are brought together to work on real life data sets from private, public and third sector Scottish organisations. The aim of this event is to produce a meaningful output, for example a product, process, service or visualisation, which provides a valuable impact for Scotland.

More detail can be found in this summary document.

If you are interested, please submit a short proposal to by 17:00 Friday 15th September 2017.

This should include:

  • Cost (inc. VAT)
  • Selection of the tasks chosen to bid for
  • Brief outline of a methodology for how you could meet the objectives and timescales described below in collaboration with The Data Lab
  • Brief profile of any similar work that you have undertaken
  • Names and summary of experience for those working on the project

Interviews will be held on Friday September 29th 2017, we ask you to please keep this date free as far as possible to allow us to contact you. The successful bid(s) will be informed by Monday 2nd October 2017.

For more information, please contact

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