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Real Data, Real World, Real Stories : A case study approach to demonstrating impact on the student experience. Dr Jackie Carter Senior Manager: Learning &Teaching and Social Science Data Services. The L&T Stories Project. How Mimas services impact the student experience. Acknowledgments.

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Real Data, Real World, Real Stories: A case study approach to demonstrating impact on the student experience

Dr Jackie Carter

Senior Manager: Learning &Teaching and Social Science Data Services

the l t stories project
The L&T Stories Project

How Mimas services impact the student experience


Service teams

Celia Russell

Justin Hayes

Gail Millin-Chalabi


Sarah Currier

Learning & Teaching team

Laura Shaw

Kenny Baird

this talk
This talk

Quantitative skills deficit in UK Social Science

Does using real world data from networked services in teaching help?

How can Mimas learn from this work?

presentations and publications
Presentations and Publications



CNI Spring



ESRC Research

Methods Festival





In Search of Narratives

context of skills agenda references
Context of skills agenda: references
  • Leitch Review of Skills report, 2006 (Prosperity for all in the global economy)

  • Economic & Social Research Council. 2009. Building a world class social science research base in quantitative methods: a national strategy. ESRC Society Today.

  • MacInnes, John. 2009. Proposals to support and improve the teaching of quantitative research methods at undergraduate level in the UK. ESRC Society Today.

  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills. 2009. Ambition 2020: world class skills and jobs for the UK: the 2009 report: key findings and implications for action.

  • Higher Ambitions

  • Skills for growth


Strategic Adviser

Report Dec 2009

the aims and outputs
The Aims and Outputs
  • Collective showcase of benefits of Mimas services to L&T community
  • How do Mimas services support skills base of undergraduates and taught postgraduates?
  • Focus on employability
census dissemination unit casweb
Census Dissemination Unit - Casweb


web interface to census aggregate outputs and digital boundary data


Teaching with Census data

University of Leeds

Holly Shulman, Myles Gould, John Stillwell, Helen Durham


Teaching with International Time Series data

A student’s journey through econometrics data

2nd Year Project work

Student feedback

Using Real Data

University of Loughborough

Paul Turner

Screencams of teaching resources at



Teaching with International Time Series data

Applied Development Economics Project ADEP

Scientific approach to data

University of Manchester

Nick Weaver

news items
News items
  • Real Data Real World
  • Helping economics students keep it real
  • Census data: from the real world for the real world
recommendations 1
Recommendations: 1
  • Direct contact with teachers
    • Through routes that teachers feel are authoritative
    • Find innovative ways for service staff to build direct relationships with key academics teaching in all subject areas
recommendations 2
Recommendations: 2
  • Utilise existing networks, conferences and journals
    • Promote Mimas services specifically for L&Tin forums where teaching staff may look
    • Be targeted
    • Produce short pithy articles with visual examples

Picasso in his studio:


recommendations 3
Recommendations: 3
  • Theme 3- Support open sharing of L&T materials developed around Mimas services
    • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Embed services into L&T
    • Put materials where the users are
    • Maximise academic exposure to ideas to support their teaching
recommendations 4
Recommendations: 4
  • Keep services usable and current
    • Up to date
    • Available
    • Integrated with other services

Students benefit from using real world data

Data services add value and help with the data/statistical skills deficit

User focused, benefits-led stories

Work in partnership

Open resources/

open data/

data citation

Evidence base


“The sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians…

I do think those skills—of being able to access, understand, and communicate the insights you get from data analysis—are going to be extremely important. Managers need to be able to access and understand the data themselves.”

Hal Varian on how the Web challenges managers

Google’s chief economist says executives in wired organizations need a sharper understanding of how technology empowers innovation.

McKinsey Quarterly at

thank you and questions
Thank you and questions

Twitter: JackieCarter