The project, dubbed S2DS (Science to Data Science), is the brainchild of Kim Nilsson, a Swedish astrophysicist who has experienced first hand the difficulties many highly qualified academics encounter once they set out to find a job in the commercial sector. She is also highly aware of the huge demand for data scientists by businesses in the UK and worldwide, particularly in the financial services, retail as well as media and technology sectors. Data science has often been called the ‘sexiest profession’ of the future and the aim of S2DS is to build a pipeline of talent in the data & analytics space in order to plug the huge talent gap which currently exists.
Alwin Magimay, head of data & analytics at KPMG commented, ‘Data science will change the way we live, work and interact with others. It presents a real opportunity for business to drive insight and value from the abundance of data being created in the digital world. We are only at the very beginning of this revolution and KPMG wants to be at the forefront of it.
‘We are already supporting a variety of early stage companies in that space through our Digital Innovation Network. I am really passionate about this new partnership which will help to create a much needed data and analytics pool in the UK, and will be inviting clients to participate in this innovative programme.’
Kim Nilsson, founder and head of pivigo said, ‘We are very excited about the changes and advantages that data science will bring to society, and passionate about supporting the efforts of UK companies exploring data business cases. We are also huge fans of the sort of skills that PhDs bring to jobs in industry, and S2DS is our answer to the needs of both of these groups. It is a win-win situation where companies have a chance to interact with the brightest minds in Europe, and PhDs get commercial experience.’
Candidates with a PhD in analytical science (or similar degree) and a proven data analysis background and statistical knowledge can now apply via www.s2ds.org. Courses will begin in August. Successful applicants will pay only a small registration fee and are eligible for free single room ensuite student accommodation.