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UCLan prepares next generation for a data-driven future

04 March 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan is first in the north to use Tableau Software to Drive Data Literacy  

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is the first university in the North of England to give its students access to market leading analytics software Tableau used by many global companies.

Primarily available to business and journalism students, the software allows them to easily collate, drill-down and visualise data for in-depth analysis and exposes them to one of the most cutting-edge technologies available in the market.

“We want to enthuse colleagues and students alike as to the power and potential of using Tableau to visualise data beautifully,” said Dharma Kovvuri, Dean of Lancashire Business School.

"Data literacy is vital for the next generation of business leaders and is becoming an important part of the economy. Tableau is one of the most effective tools to get students up and running with data, creating and seeing fresh results fast.”

“We must equip our students with the tools to make a difference in the age of data as they move into business. Data literacy is vital for the next generation of business leaders and is becoming an important part of the economy. Tableau is one of the most effective tools to get students up and running with data, creating and seeing fresh results fast.”

UCLan students have access to Tableau through the company’s Academic Programme. The University seeks to proactively introduce cutting edge technology that students might be exposed to in their careers, so as new starters they instinctively understand the next generation of business tools.

“Analysing and understanding data is becoming a core skill for everyone. We want to inspire the next generation to create wonderful solutions with data and so Tableau offers free software to academic institutions and students.”

Craig Shaw, a part-time final year UCLan business studies student and global customer analyst for Unilever, already uses Tableau at work and in his studies. He said: “Using Tableau in the classroom has allowed me to develop skills in using the latest cutting edge software that I can easily transfer to a work environment.

“I am able to collect data quickly and drill much further into it for precise results.”

James Eiloart, VP EMEA, Tableau Software said, “Analysing and understanding data is becoming a core skill for everyone. Tableau helps accelerate this process with intuitive technology that lets users stop worrying about how to connect to data and start spending time answering questions, faster. We want to inspire the next generation to create wonderful solutions with data and so Tableau offers free software to academic institutions and students.”

Full-time students enrolled at an accredited academic institution anywhere in the world can get a one year license of Tableau Desktop.