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Yesterday saw MBN Academy, in the shape of Robin Huggins, visit the beautiful countryside campus of the University of Stirling in Scotland. Rob was visiting to present on and discuss Data Science Opportunities with an audience consisting of students from two courses – MSc. in Data Science for Business and MSc. in Big Data.

Rob had been invited to present by the course leader of the MSc. in Data Science course, Dr. Kepa Mendibil, and was delighted to be joined on the day by Audrey Leteve – Analytics Team Leader at Aquila Insight.

One of the major functions that MBN Academy carries out externally is that of subject matter expertise for University course leaders, lecturers and academics looking to work collaboratively with organisations who can deliver cutting-edge insight into the commercial world of Big Data, Data Science and Advanced Analytics.

With the students on both Masters courses having just begun their studies, Kepa believed that the best way to orientate them around potential employment prospects, market trends, skills accrual and employability guidance was to introduce these elements to them very early in their course syllabus and so had invited Rob to work on a presentation and lecture that would help to assist them in preparing for their eventual transition into commercial organisations. In order to present as full a picture as possible, Rob had then reached out to Audrey – to ask her to deliver an additional presentation around her transition from academia to employment, her career to date, the work that she does currently and the nature of the business that Aquila Insight carries out.

As one of the real recent success stories coming out of the Scottish Technology scene, we were absolutely delighted that Aquila Insight agreed to support us in this project.

Rob, Audrey and Aquila Insight’s Talent Manager Alana Gunn (herself a former graduate of the University) spent a very pleasant and stimulating morning discussing opportunities within Scotland for aspirant Data Professionals, how best to navigate their way towards that dream career and the types of project work that they might carry out once they complete their studies and move into commercial roles.

Dr. Kepa Mendibil said ““A great talk on data science careers from Robin Huggins (MBN Solutions) and Audrey Leteve (Aquila Insight) to our students on the MSc Data Science for Business and MSc Big Data. Robin and Audrey shared key insights and tips on planning and making the transition into industry, which clearly got all our students thinking about their next careers steps from day one. A fantastic to way to kick start their journey into the exciting world of data science.”

If you are a University Course Leader, Academic or Lecturer within the Big Data, Data Science, Analytics or associated technologies area and are interested in the work that MBN Academy carries out within the academic space please get in touch to discuss potential future collaborations.