University of Essex offers free masterclass series on deriving insights from Big Data

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‘Flooded by Data’: University of Essex offers free masterclass series on deriving insights from Big Data

UK-based University of Essex today announced free online masterclass series on Big Data and on how it can revolutionise businesses, services and products. Titled ‘Flooded by data: What can businesses do with the huge volumes of data they collect,’ the free online masterclass will cover key topics in data analytics for business. The sessions will cover Business Analytics, Data in Agrifood Businesses, International Marketing, big data in finance and show how even small businesses can use data. Participants who attend four out of the five sessions will receive a participation certificate.

Students can sign-up here:

From Monday, 25th April, different Essex Business School experts will dig deep into their research each day and present a unique 90-minute session on how data impacts every area of business and what this looks like in both theory and practice.
Professor Ram Ramanathan, Director of the MSc Business Analytics course at Essex, is one of the speakers. Professor Ramanathan leads a major European research project on improving resource efficiency of agribusiness supply chains by minimising waste through Big Data and Internet of Things sensors. He points out that this also has huge relevance for India: “Big data analytics can prevent around 67 million tonnes of food to be wasted in India every year, and valued at around INR 92,000 crores. It will be enough to feed all of Bihar for a year.”

Professor Ramanathan added: “Our courses aim to give students an introduction to the study of business and data at a postgraduate level, as well as to introduce them to current important topics in these research areas.
”These issues are absolutely central to Indian businesses at the moment as they look to harness the power of data in an ethical way.”

‘Flooded by data: What can businesses do with the huge volumes of data they collect’ sessions are on:
• Monday, 25th April, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Introduction to Business Analytics with Dr Wali Rehman and Dr Chang-Hun Lee
• Tuesday, 26th April, 12:00 PM – 1.30 PM – How can data help agrifood business understand the full length of their supply chain with Professor Ramakrishnan Ramanathan
• Wednesday 27 April, 12:00 PM – 1.30 PM – Data and methodological issues for new insights in international marketing with Dr Rebecca (Yu) Li
• Thursday 28 April, 12:00 PM – 1.30 PM – A look at how even the smallest businesses collect data with Dr Marta Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz
• Friday 29 April, 12:00 PM – 1.30 PM – Big data analytics in finance with Dr Thanos Verousis

Students who register at will receive a link enabling them to join the sessions which will be delivered online by Zoom.
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More courses coming up
In May, Essex Business School are offering a second course, Sustainable and socially conscious? The reality of 21st century business. Here we explore a range of subjects that champion our attitude towards responsible, ethical and sustainable business including consumer resistance, the role of food waste in improving the sustainability of food chains, as well as circular economy and supply chain management.

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About University of Essex:
Founded in 1964, University of Essex is one of the UK’s leading universities, which has grown from 122 students in the first year to 17,000+ now. The University maintains three campuses at Colchester, Southend and Loughton. Essex has three faculties which lead on delivering excellence in teaching and research: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Science and Health, and Faculty of Social Sciences. It has close to 1,000 active researchers and 17,000 students from over 140 countries with an alumni strength in excess of 100,000. It was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 and in the top 25 for research quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide2 2022.
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