Data technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that conventional thinking often struggles to cope with the opportunities and challenges of the digital age. While there tends to be much focus on hard skills (technology, analytical and process engineering) true digital transformation requires the development of a data-positive culture and mindset.

In recent years much of my work has focussed on putting data at the heart of the policy and strategic debate, shifting the perception of data from a purely technical issue to one of a strategic asset. My 3-years as Director of the HE Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) involved conducting this conversation at a sector level between institutions, funders, regulators and other data collectors. This included developing and positioning the key elements of the conversation and engaging stakeholders, especially those that would not normally consider data to be their type of issue.

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