Scotland is a global centre of excellence for the very best in Data Science. Recognising this, the Data Lab’s MSc 2016/17 intake is more than doubling to 90 places funded across seven Scottish universities - up from the 40 places funded across three universities previously. This extended commitment underlines the growing need to deliver workplace-ready data skills into Scotland’s business and public sector communities.
Joshua Ryan-Saha, Data Lab Skills Programme Manager, said “A group of 90 elite MSc data scientists will be tasked with solving real-life issues and generating economic impact to Scotland through data analysis. This ambitious competition is part of the pioneering MSc programme devised by Scottish Innovation Centre, The Data Lab. The budding data post graduates will be charged with using datasets unique to Scotland to develop new insights, ideas, products, services or processes that will deliver social or economic benefit”.
The programme will ensure the continued availability of some of the very best work place ready and most talented data scientists to Scottish businesses and the public sector.
“We are proud to have been appointed to this prestigious contract. Scotland has some of the most talented and skilled data practitioners in the world and this programme will ensure they are available, first and foremost, to Scottish businesses” said MBN Solutions CEO, Michael Young. He continued “working in partnership with the Data Lab allows us to help find the most appropriate and effective placements for these rising stars in environments where their skills can make a real difference”.
All students on The Data Lab MSc are offered a paid, credit-bearing industrial placement. The 50 additional places this year will all be offered their placement with organisations based in the South-West of Scotland. This is linked to the funding and the aim of encouraging direct employment for students following their placement and creating additional jobs in the area.
More about the Data Lab:
The Data Lab is an innovation centre focused on helping Scottish industry to capitalise on a growing market opportunity in data science. Established with an £11.3 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council, The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from data for Scotland.
More about MBN Solutions
MBN Solutions is a leading recruitment and resourcing business based in Glasgow operating globally. With deep skills and expertise in the area of Big Data, Data Science, Insight & Analytics, Technology and Blockchain, MBN prides itself on finding the very best people for demanding clients seeking to solve complex data problems.
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