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Summer Schools

Analytics, Data Science and Decision Making

Essex Analytics, Data Science and Decision Making Summer School

The Institute for Analytics and Data Science presents its annual Summer School, bringing you cutting-edge courses across the fields of data science, analytics and decision making. 

Our Summer School, held at our Colchester campus, provides a unique opportunity to attend state-of-the-art courses delivered by world-leading academics and industry partners from around the globe, attend keynotes from renowned experts, and network with peers in an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange.

Our Analytics, Data Science and Decision Making Summer School will resume in 2021. To register your interest, please contact iadssum@essex.ac.uk


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Data driven policymaking is central to ensuring a stable future. At Essex, research in data science and artificial intelligence is part of our DNA.

In 1967, Tony Brooker became the founding Chair of Computer Science at Essex, having followed in Alan Turing’s footsteps at the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, in the 50s.

In 2016, the first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science was conferred on Essex academic Professor Maria Fasli with the key objective of highlighting the critical role that data plays in promoting equality, sustainable development and how it can enhance people’s lives.

Now, 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.

Teaching programme

Whether you’re exploring data science, or have advanced practice, we have a range of introductory and academic courses to suit your needs.

Some courses may have prerequisites, or preparation may be required before attending. All this information is detailed in the course outline, which you will be able to download from spring 2021.

There are 5 to 6 parallel sessions running each day, mainly six hours in length, and delegates are able to create a tailored programme of study by selecting from the below focuses.

* Please note, this programme may change for 2021.

Course topics

Natural Language Processing (NLP) (applied track)

  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing
  • NLP in social media
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Information retrieval
  • Deep learning for NLP

Big Data and Deep Learning (applied track)

  • Best practice analytics
  • Introduction to the Vertica Analytic Database
  • Introduction to tensorflow
  • An introduction to deep learning and neural networks

Introduction to R (applied track)

  • An overview of the R programme
  • How R is used and applied in a variety of practical situations

Introduction to Machine Learning (applied track)

  • An overview of machine learning methods
  • Decision trees, random forests, and gradient boosting
  • Interpreting classifiers
  • Learning under different training and testing distributions

Game Theory (academic track)

  • Introduction to game theory and application
  • Algorithmic game theory
  • Work on a potentially publishable game theory project

Real practical industry experience

Our delegates are also given real scenarios from our partner businesses, and tasked with solving these in groups. This provides you with a unique opportunity to apply your data analytics skills within real-life situations, while developing your communication and presentation skills.
Proposals will be formed in groups and presented to businesses on the final day of the conference.
In the past our course providers have come from a range of leading industry partners and academic institutions worldwide including BT, Fraunhofer, Microsoft, MSXInternational, Celtra, Micro Focus and Micro Focus Vertica.

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"The Big Data Summer School was a great experience! It was the most varied timetable I've seen that covers data science topics and I'm really glad I attended."
John Tipple Summer school delegate, 2018


There are no specific eligibility requirements to book a place on the Summer School. We welcome attendees (students, researchers, academics 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.

We accept applicants from all levels and experience from around the world and offer a range of introductory and academic courses to suit your needs.

Whilst we don't restrict access to courses, when selecting the courses that make up your programme please pay attention to our recommended prerequisites. These prerequisites are stipulated to ensure that all attendees make the best out of their time with us.

If you are unsure whether a certain published course is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us at iadssum@essex.ac.uk and a member of the IADS team will be happy to advise you on whether a course is suitable for your requirements and skillsets.


What is included in the fees?

Applications for our 2021 summer school will open in early 2021. To register your interest for 2021, please contact iadssum@essex.ac.uk 

  • A tailored programme of courses and access to preparatory and bonus materials from our providers using a secure drive.
  • Exclusive access to keynote events.
  • A programme of extra curricular activities designed to create long-lasting connections with fellow delegates and providers. Previous years have included: a formal dinner, a local tour, games night, and our novel Summer School Speed Networking session.
  • Complimentary car parking permit for the duration of your stay.
  • Support from the IADS team before your arrival and throughout your stay.
  • A delegate pack full of resources, information, and memorabilia from your time with us.
  • Hardcopy certification upon completing your course, endorsed by the University of Essex and the Institute for Analytics and Data Science.

Please note the fee doesn't include accommodation. You will be able to optionally book this with us at a discounted rate.

Tuition fee discounts are available for students at partner universities - please get in touch for details.

Fees for 2021 have not yet been set but as an indication, the fees for 2020 were:

Early registration

Audience Cost
Commercial participants  £650

University of Essex students

University of Essex staff or alumni £520
Non-University of Essex students £520
Non-University of Essex academics  £555
Pubic sector partners £555

Standard registration

Audience Cost
Commercial participants  £700

University of Essex students

University of Essex staff or alumni £560
Non-University of Essex students £560
Non-University of Essex academics  £595
Public sector partners £595

Late registration

Audience Cost
 Commercial Participants  £750

University of Essex students

University of Essex staff or alumni £600
Non-University of Essex students £600
Non-University of Essex academics  £640
Public sector partners



You can book accommodation on our Colchester Campus (where the Summer School is taking place) at very affordable rates.

Our accommodation offers your own room with en-suite facilities, linen and shared access to a kitchen, utensils and crockery, so you can socialise with other delegates too.

Once payment for attendance has been accepted, you will be sent instructions as to how to book our optional discounted accommodation.  

How to apply

Registration for our 2021 Summer School will open in early 2021.
To register your interest, please contact iadssum@essex.ac.uk

Self funding

If you are self-funding your trip to the Summer School, please book and pay for your place

Paying by Proficio

If you are paying for your course fee using University of Essex Proficio funds, you will need to use the University of Essex Proficio platform.

Paying by invoice

If your institution requires an invoice to process payment, please email us stating how much the invoice should be for, and the name and postal address of the person making the payment, to iadssum@essex.ac.uk 

After payment

Once you've paid, we will send you our enrolment guidance pack with instructions on how to finalise your place, book optional discounted accommodation, and access our preparatory materials to prepare for your training with us.

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"The Summer School was well organised, the courses I attended were very informative and the keynotes were excellent."
Analytics and Data Science Summer School Delegate 2016

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Over 32 essential training courses
Over 60 providers and keynotes from around the world
5 years of running successful summer training
Over 490 satisfied delegates in the past five years
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