Data Science and Data Visualisation Accelerator

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Monday 17 January

Applications for our Data Visualisation Accelerator Programme open today 17 January 2022 to 11 February 2022.

To apply fill out theData Visualisation Accelerator programme application form and send it to Data.Science.Accelerator@ons.gov.uk

The programme runs from 14 April 2022 to 30 June 2022.

Applications are also open for our Accelerator programme

  • Data Science Accelerator: Applications will be open from 10 January 2022 to 4 February 2022

To apply fill out this form Data Science Accelerator programme application form  and send it to Data.Science.Accelerator@ons.gov.uk

and runs from

  • Data Science Accelerator will run from 7 April 2022 to 23 June 2022

What is the Data Science Accelerator?

The Data Science Accelerator has given analysts in the public sector opportunities to develop their data science skills through project-based mentoring since 2015.

The Data Visualisation Accelerator was launched in partnership with the Analysis Function in June 2021 in response to an increasing demand for mentoring on data visualisation projects.

The Accelerator is delivered by the Government Data Science Partnership, a collaboration between the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Data Science Campus, the Government Digital Service (GDS), and the Government Office for Science (GO-Science). It is also supported by the Analysis Function.

How does it work?

You will:

  • work on a data science or data visualisation project, chosen by you, over three months
  • commit to spending one day a week on your project, which forms your protected time (an important benefit of the programme)
  • be assigned a mentor with experience in data science or data visualisation for the duration of your project and benefit from peer support from other participants in your cohort

How will the programme be delivered?

The Accelerator is being delivered as a remote mentoring programme.

The programme is normally delivered face-to-face from several regional hubs across the country. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, face-to-face mentoring is not currently possible.

You will still spend one day per week working on your project and agree your project schedule with your mentor.

We will provide help and guidance for effective remote mentoring and we will facilitate virtual networking across the Accelerator community.

Requirements

Your line manager and a senior manager (usually a Head of Profession or equivalent) must agree that:

  • your project tackles a current issue in your business area
  • you have access to the data you’ll need for your project
  • you can spend one day per week for three months working on your project

Some coding experience would be beneficial, however successful applicants will receive access to analytical and data science courses provided by the Analysis Function and the ONS Data Science Campus to support them with their project work.

How can I apply?

You’ll need:

More information on both programmes, including requirements and how to apply, is available on on Gov.UK.

Application dates

  • Data Science Accelerator: Applications will be open from 10 January 2022 to 4 February 2022
  • Data Visualisation Accelerator: Applications will be open from 17 January 2022 to 11 February 2022.

Programme dates

  • Data Science Accelerator will run from 7 April 2022 to 23 June 2022
  • Data Visualisation Accelerator will run from 14 April 2022 to 30 June 2022.

What do participants say?

Previous participants from the data science accelerator talked about their experiences in a blog post on the Data in Government blog.

Ciaren Evans (UK Hydrographic Office) and Lucie Woellenstein (Ordnance Survey) have also blogged about their accelerator projects in more detail.

For more information on this programme or other mentoring opportunities, please email the team.