Big Data and Analytics Summer School

If you have any queries or would like to register you interest for our 2017 summer school please email The summer school will take place between 24 July and 4 August 2017.


Our summer school is for graduates, students, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of big data, data science and analytics who would like to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field.

  • Hear keynote talks by leading experts.
  • Attend state-of-the-art courses delivered by academics from Essex and other leading institutions and our industrial partners.
  • Network with your peers in an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange.

Whether you're interested in the curation and management of big data, advanced techniques and methods including artificial intelligence and statistical methods, or applications of big data in fields ranging from business and finance to bioinformatics, you'll find a set of relevant courses for you.


Courses cover a wide range of topics from multiple perspectives, are available at different levels and mainly six hours in length. Please note that some courses may have prerequisites. The courses are delivered in parallel sessions and participants are able to choose the courses, depending on availability, to create a bespoke programme of study. The programme below is from 2016.

Keynote speakers

Each year we invite leading experts from business to give keynote talks to our participants. These are open to University staff. Past talks include:

  • A Data Manifesto, Hetan Shah, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society.
  • List[Corporation].map(x => google(x)).reduce(_ + _) === ???, Harry Powell, Head of Advanced Data Analytics, Barclays PLC
  • Deep reinforcement learning, Hado van Hasselt, Research Scientist, Google Deepmind
  • What’s next in (data) journalism?, Megan Lucero, Data Journalism Editor, News UK

Social and networking events

There will be plenty of opportunities throughout to network with your peers and presenters. Each week there will be a social event on campus with food and drink for the evening included in the registration fee.


The Essex Big Data Summer School will be held at our Colchester Campus.


Accommodation is available on campus during the summer school in designated self-catering, en-suite rooms. 2016 prices were £37.50 per night.

Book a room and use the promo code 'Bigdata16' to ensure you receive the discounted rate.

Fees and registration

The registration fee includes all tuition, refreshments during the teaching day (mid-morning refreshments, lunch and mid-afternoon-refreshments) plus one social event per week which includes food and drink for the evening.

Contact us

For any enquiries contact Emma McClelland, Summer School administrator by email or phone 01206 873496.

Previous Summer Schools

  • Our 2016 Summer School

    Video of our 2016 Summer School

    In these videos, delegates explain why they wanted to come to the Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2016.

    Feedback from our 2016 Summer School

    "An interesting and wide range of topics, a great event for networking, organisation and accommodation were excellent."
    "The summer school was well organised, the courses I attended were very informative and the keynotes were excellent."
    "I came with high expectations and leave very happy with all I have learnt."
  • Our 2015 Summer School

    Video of our 2015 Summer School

    Feedback from our 2015 Summer School

    "The organisation, networking and content of the Summer School were excellent."
    "I came because I googled data mining and analytics events, this seemed too perfect. I'm glad I came, all relevant information and documentation was sent in advance, great organisation, it brought together researchers, academics and industry professionals to give good overview of data technologies."
    "Thank you for organising such an interesting Summer School."