New analytics platform available to UK staff


May 1st, 2018

A new University-wide analytics platform — ‘Tableau Server’ — is now available to all UoN UK staff.

All University of Nottingham UK staff can now access a wide variety of student analytics produced by the Strategy, Planning and Performance (SPP) Division, on this market-leading interactive data analytics and reporting platform.

You can access this new service from any browser at analytics.nottingham.ac.uk using your UoN username and password.

(You must be authenticated on the University network, either by being on-site or connected via VPN; offsite access will be provided in later phases.)

The analytics cover virtually all aspects of taught provision and our student population, such as postgraduate applications; UG and PG enrolments for every School and course; progression and completion; module mark analysis; NSS and league table analyses; enrolment data for the whole sector and more.

UoN student analytics — some examples

The PG Applications workbook pulls data directly from Campus Solutions to report applications, offers, and accepts at Faculty, School, Division and course level, with trends and breakdowns by level of study, fee status, age, gender and country.

The NSS Sector Results Explorer uses data for all UK institutions to analyse NSS performance for subjects offered at Nottingham in their relevant competitive contexts, so you see areas of strength or weakness at University, School and subject level.

Analytics at the University of Nottingham

Although currently used mainly for student analytics, over time Tableau Server will be used for sharing analytics and reporting across a range of University functions and activities as other Professional Services develop the requisite capabilities to take advantage of this platform.

The interactive, customisable analytics provided have been designed on the basis of extensive input from Nottingham staff over the last two years and are intended to be easy to use. In addition, Tableau Server offers many new features,including the ability to ‘subscribe’ to analytics content. For example, you can choose to have a report on the latest status of postgraduate applications for your School or course mailed directly to you at any chosen frequency, including a link to the live report on Tableau Server. You can also customise your views, meaning you can tailor any analysis to show the data and performance for your Faculty, School or course by default.

You may find it useful to attend a brief training session to introduce you to the new features. SPP will run several sessions through April and May, continuing to do so as long as required.

Introduction and training sessions

If you are among the 1000+ University of Nottingham staff members already familiar with SPP’s student analytics and have been using them via the free ‘Tableau Reader’ (which you’ll no longer need when exclusively accessing Tableau Server), you’ll be glad to know that the ways of interacting with analyses and visualisations will remain mostly unchanged. For users like you, we have a short training session on how to access Tableau Server and how you can take full advantage of the powerful new features.

If you’ve not previously used the extensive student analytics available to all University of Nottingham staff (and you have a role where this would be useful) we will have training sessions that cover how to access Tableau Server and how to use the wide range of basic features and correctly interpret the analyses.

Tableau Server – Training schedule and Session sign-up

Note: Tableau Server is superseding the ‘SPP Tableau Catalogue’, which we will decommission in June. Colleagues requiring any of the SPP student analytics should ensure they are using the new platform.

Who to contact

If you follow the analytics.nottingham.ac.uk link and have any identity or access issues (meaning you can’t connect to the ‘analytics@Nottingham’ service on Tableau Server), please contact the IT Service Desk via https://selfservice.nottingham.ac.uk or 0115 95 16677.

For any other queries, including analytics, training or support, please contact analytics@nottingham.ac.uk.

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2 Comments

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:05 am

Basel

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have recently joined the University of Nottingham and work in the digital research service. I have used Tableau in the past and would be great if there is a course to refresh my knowledge.

Could you please let me know if run this kind of courses any more?

Kind regards,
Basel

November 27th, 2018 at 12:06 pm

brzrcb1

Hi Basel. Please can you send an email to analytics@nottingham.ac.uk – they will be able to advise if/when any future courses will take place. Best wishes – Rebecca

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