We are the second cohort of the Data Analytics and Society CDT funded by the ESRC based in the University of Leeds; Maria, Debbie, Sedar, Caroline, Colin and Lena. The other CDT students are spread over the other partner universities, the University of Sheffield, the University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool. For us at Leeds, projects cover a wide range of topics, from energy footprints to consumer data for health, cycling infrastructure, data assimilation challenges and development of policy simulations. For this we have teamed up with partners including Improbable, CycleStreets and Dietary Assessment Ltd.

Mimicking the first cohort’s structure, we began with an intensive programming for social sciences module using python. This was taught at Leeds and is part of the integrated MSc. It was a great introduction to python for those who have not used this programming language previously and a refresher for those who have. This module set us off to a good start into our studies and we consider it a significant stepping stone towards further skill development.

Starting new programmes can be difficult, but with Vicki, Annabel, Jennie, Fran, Eugeni, Ryan, Keiran and the rest of the LIDA staff guiding us through our first few weeks here, we have been able to settle into our places at the university and LIDA easily. We look forward to what these next few years will bring.

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