**COVID UPDATE: THE SUMMER SCHOOL WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY FOR 2021
About Our Summer Training
The Institute for Analytics and Data Science is presenting its annual Summer School bringing you two weeks of cutting-edge courses across the fields of data science, analytics and decision making.
Our Summer School provides a unique opportunity to:
attend state-of-the-art courses delivered by world leading academics and industry partners from around the globe
immerse yourself in the topics of data science, and
network with your peers in an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange.
Whether you're interested in the curation and management of big data, advanced techniques and methods including artificial intelligence and statistical methods, or applications of big data in fields ranging from business and finance to bioinformatics, you'll find a set of relevant courses for you.
There are no specific eligibility requirements to book a place on the Summer School.
We welcome graduates, students, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of big data, data science and analytics who would like to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field.
We accept applicants from all levels and experience from around the world and offer a range of introductory and academic courses to suit your needs.
Whilst we do not restrict access to courses, when selecting the courses that make up your programme please pay attention to our recommended prerequisites. These prerequisites are stipulated to ensure that all attendees make the best out of their time with us.
If you are unsure whether a certain published course is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us at and a member of the IADS team will be happy to advise you on whether a course is suitable for your requirements and skillsets.
Our courses cover a wide range of topics from multiple perspectives.
Whether you’re exploring data science, or have advanced practice, we have a range of introductory and academic courses to suit your needs.
Please note that some courses may have pre-requisites, or preparation may be required before attending. All this information is detailed in the course outline which you will be able to download from the spring.
Our school provides you with invaluable practical industry experience.
Our delegates are given real scenarios from our partner businesses, and tasked with solving these
in groups. This provides you with a unique opportunity to apply your data analytics skills within real-life situations, and develop your communication and presentation skills.
Proposals will be formed in groups and presented to businesses on the final day of the conference.
There typically 4 parallel sessions running each day, each week, mainly six hours in length, and delegates are able to create a tailored programme of study by selecting one focus for each week they attend. To exemplify, for week one you can choose one of the four options presented under week one, and for the second week you can choose a new focus area from the topics presented under week two. This will be asked on our registration page. The 2021 schedule will resemble the following course outline*:
Week One 26th July - 30th July
All Focuses Day 1
On the first day of the programme every delegate will attend the same course to introduce them to the Summer School
Basics in Python using Colab
Focus 1: Introduction to Deep Learning
Deep Learning for Images and Texts Parts 1 & 2
Focus 2: Data Science Management
Data Protection, Security, Ethics, and Liability in the Age of Big Data
Best Practice Analytics
Data Science Management in Business
Data Science Management Specialisation Topic
Focus 3: Introduction to R
An overview of the R programme
How R is used and applied in a variety of practical situations
Focus 4: Introduction to Machine Learning
An overview of machine learning methods
Decision trees, random forests, and gradient boosting
Learning under different training and testing distributions
Week Two 2nd August-6th August
Focus 1: Continued Deep Learning Topics
Introduction to Tensorflow and Deep Learning
Learning Under Different Training and Testing Distributions
Recurrent Neural Networks with Kera
Focus 2: Natural Language Processing
Introduction to Natural Language Processing
NLP in social media
Traditional and Deep Learning Methods
Focus 3: Advanced R Topics
Introduction to Data Visualisation Using R
GIS analysis in R
Bayesian Analysis in R
Advanced R Programming
Focus 4: Optimisation Topics
Bandits, Learning, and Search
The Synergy of Optimisation and Machine Learning Parts 1 & 2
Final Day Friday 6th August
Industry projects will be presented by leading businesses (TBA) in which delegates will provide solutions to real-world data science scenarios and present them at the end of the day for a virtual presentation over Zoom!
Our full programme and detailed course list will be available to download in Spring 2021.
*Please note this programme may be subject to final confirmation.*
Providers for 2021
Bringing Together Great Minds in Data Science.
Training. Networking. Career Building.
5 YEARS OF RUNNING
SUCCESSFUL SUMMER TRAINING
OVER 60 PROVIDERS AND KEYNOTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
OVER 32 ESSENTIAL TRAINING SESSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM
OVER 490 SATISFIED DELEGATES IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS
In the past we have had representation from many leading organisations, including
**Due to the virtual format we will not be hosting any delegates this year on campus
Travel & Stay
The University of Essex's Colchester Campus is just one hour from London and Stansted Airport, and set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland, homes over 20 academic departments and schools.
You can find our more about travelling to the Colchester Campus here.
Delegates will be able to book accommodation on site of the Summer School at very affordable rates.
The accommodation offers your own room with exclusive en-suite facilities, linens, and shared access to a kitchen, utensils, and crockery, so you can socialise with other delegates too.
Our Colchester campus is situated very close to the historic centre of Colchester, England's oldest recorded town where there is plenty to see.
London attractions are also only a one hour train ride away, including one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Also an hour away is the beautiful city of Norwich.
Programme fees differ depending on whether you are a University student, University staff member, or a commercial delegate.
Further discounts are available for early-bird registration, and alumni from the University of Essex.
Tuition fee discounts are also available for students at partner universities - please get in touch for details.
The 2021 Virtual Summer School is competitively priced to include:
A tailored programme of courses and access to preparatory and bonus materials from our providers using a secure drive.
Expert Providers and a Business Industry Leaders to provide you with high level content, hands-on experience, and professional insight.
Support from the IADS team via Slack, Zoom and virtual channels.
A delegate pack full of resources, information, and memorabilia that will be sent individually to you.
A certification upon completing your course, endorsed by the University of Essex and the Institute for Analytics and Data Science.
Applications for our 2021 Summer Schools will open in early 2021. Our fees have been reduced for the 2021 year to accommodate the online learning environment.
Tuition fee discounts are available for students at partner universities - please get in touch for details.
Fees for the 2021 Summer School are:
Details on how to apply for the course will be released when registration opens in spring 2021.
The IADS cancellation policy is governed by University Summer School regulation. Cancellations up to and including Friday 9 July 2021 with reasonable justification, as decided by the IADS Director, will be refunded in full. There is a £50 administrative charge to action this, which is waived in full for unsuccessful visa attempts only. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this date.
How To Apply
Registration for the 2021 Summer School is now open!
To register your interest, please select the Apply Now! button below.
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the IADS Executive Officer
Phone: UK 01206 87 34 96
Main IADS website: