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Qlik Academic Program gets 300 new members in the UK

The Academic Program has been on the road in the UK again, and this time we delivered 7 sessions over 6 consecutive days, across 4 different Universities. As a direct result of these presentations we have had nearly 300 new students sign up to become members of the Academic Program, enabling them to take advantage of free Qlik software, training resources and qualifications.


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At both Sheffield and Liverpool University we ran sessions within the Management Schools for a variety of classes including Management Masters students and MBA students. Also at Sheffield, we presented to undergraduate and post graduate marketing classes and provided them with specific examples of how analytics can be used within the marketing function.


At Birmingham City University (BCU) I delivered a session on “Preparing for the data driven world with Qlik.” This session was part of Graduate+ Week. Graduate+ is an extracurricular awards framework, open to all students at BCU to complement their degree. The Qlik Academic Program has now been introduced as part of this award framework, so that upskilling in Qlik counts towards gaining the Graduate+ Award too. We had students from a great range of subject areas in attendance, from computer science to marketing to sound engineering.

Finally, at Newcastle University we held a workshop for a Data Science MSc class. As well as getting the students hands on with Qlik Sense, we also had some excellent discussion around the importance of data story telling. We talked about how essential it is for data scientists and analysts to be able to communicate their findings from data in an understandable and impactful way to key decision makers throughout the business.


On reflection after this busy week or so, one thing that struck me is the diversity of Universities, students and subjects that we are working with. All of them have different experience, perspectives and motives for working with data. But one view that seemed to be shared by many participants in the sessions, was the importance of data in the modern workplace. There seemed to be a great understanding that gaining insights from data can lead to many positives at all levels of an organisation. Thanks to this way of thinking, many students that we spoke to were keen to gain the free qualifications offered by the Academic Program, so that they can showcase their skills within Qlik to future employers. We’re really looking forward to hearing how the students progress with this over the coming months.

If you are a University student or academic and you are interested in finding out more or joining the Academic Program, please visit: qlik.com/academicprogram