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12 October, 2017

Free Medway Business Event Explores Data

A free event taking place at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham will explore how businesses are using data to evolve, and what businesses can do to improve their use of data.

The Big Data Can…Evolve Business event is part of a series of events taking place at the University of Kent across both Medway and Canterbury.

12 October, 2017

How do Big Data affect your world?

A free public lecture series at the University of Kent will explore the impact of Big Data on people, decisions, services and the environment.

The ‘Big Data Can’ series is organised by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and is open to the general public, private and public sector employees, university staff and students to attend.

16 August, 2017

Apply now to access the Kent Integrated Dataset

*This call has now closed.*  The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, and Kent County Council, are launching a call for researchers to submit an expression of interest to access the Kent Integrated Dataset (KID).

The Kent Integrated Dataset (KID) is a relatively mature exemplar of a population-level linked dataset.

27 June, 2017
Peter Barbrook-Johnson at a previous BLGDRC training event

Time to brush up those data analytics skills

Small businesses and local authorities have the opportunity to attend a discounted data analytics summer school with University experts.

The event “BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques” takes place at the University of Essex from 10 to 14 July.

9 May, 2017

Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

*Application submissions for this Fellowship have now closed*. The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is inviting postdoctoral researchers from the EU to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to contribute to its Local Economic Growth research programme.

The Centre provides unique data services and a world-class facility that brings together the expertise of academic researchers, social scientists and data scientists to help organisations to solve real issues.

27 April, 2017
Computer with data on the screen

Does your organisation need help with data?

Experts from local universities will help businesses exploit their data thanks to funding available from innovation vouchers.

BLGDRC is inviting small business owners, public sector organisations and local government including councils to apply for a £2,000 Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV).

1 February, 2017

Beta blockers offer best chance of increased heart attack survival

The risk of death after a heart attack is lower than previously thought, and more widespread prescription of beta blockers could further improve survival rates, according to new research.

Researchers from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre contributed to a study which calculated the chances of survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the general population aged 60 and over in the UK.

12 December, 2016
railway tracks

Will the National Productivity Investment Fund deliver local economic growth?

In this year’s Autumn Statement the Government pledged to create a National Productivity Investment Fund which will spend £23billion on innovations and infrastructure over five years. The funds will be allocated to areas that are deemed to be critical to productivity growth including transport, research, housing and digital communications. University of Essex academic Professor Vania Sena considers what this could mean for local economic growth.

1 December, 2016

On Small Business Saturday: What could small businesses learn from data?

This Small Business Saturday businesses in Essex are being encouraged to make better use of data in a bid to become more competitive.

Small Business Saturday takes place on 3 December 2016 and is a national campaign encouraging people to support small and local businesses. In 2015 the campaign saw £623m spent at small businesses across the country.

23 November, 2016
The panel at the fourth Talk Big Data Event

Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?

In the conclusion of its popular ‘Talk Big Data’ series the University of Essex will host a panel discussion to examine why Big Data is being hailed as the answer to so many questions.

The ‘Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?’ event is taking place on Monday 28 November, 5.30-7.00pm, at Essex Business School at the University’s Colchester Campus.

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