Why I Love DLHE

All my career, I have worked with data. I love it.

At a recent event I was speaking it, I was asked by one of the participants how I’d managed to make the ostensibly large career change from being a research scientist in analytical chemistry to being a labour market analyst.

My response was that, at least in my head, all my jobs have been about the generation, analysis and dissemination of data and information, and it’s just the sources of the data, and the way that they have been generated that changes.

I’ve seen and worked with a lot of different kinds of data, from the mass spectra of unknown carbohydrates – working them out is a particularly engaging intellectual puzzle – to sales patterns of on-label novel pharmaceuticals in Chile, but the one that always gets me excited is DLHE.

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I just don’t know what to do with myself (slight return)

(I originally put a version of this post on the HECSU blog but have taken the opportunity to expand it a little).

Have been thinking about my visit to the Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough, and my thoughts turn to Dusty Springfield.

I was impressed with the building and with the staff, but particularly with the excellent and perceptive questions I got from the students themselves. Audience feedback is one of the highlights of this sort of talk for me, and students tend to keep you on your toes.

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Model data

Graduates in work fI’m going to use this blog to try a few things out. This is a good place to experiment, and to get things wrong and to have a think about some of the issues around providing labour market information for students and for the people who help students – all all levels in all roles.

As someone who deals largely with the quantitative side of information provision, I generally tend towards the graph as a form of data expression. But sometimes it’s useful to get across a single figure in an effective way, so I’ve been experimenting. There may be more of this sort of thing to come if it seems like it might be effective.


And this is where we start again

Many thousands of years ago, I had a blog of my own rather than solely using the HECSU blog. It was one of the very first blogs on UK HE careers issues and I mostly used it, as the two or three readers might remember, to complain bitterly about media coverage of graduate issues.

I discontinued it for a host of rather dull reasons – partly because as someone who increasingly dealt with, and wrote for, the media, I felt it was only a matter of time before I was forced into a scathing attack on myself – but mostly because, being a far-sighted genius visionary early social media adopter, I concluded that probably, people didn’t really want to hear what Charlie had to say, but what HECSU as an organisation had to say.

(There are other reasons, but we may turn to those in due course.)

To my astonishment, it turns out that some people really might be interested in my personal view.

So, here we go again back, almost certainly marking the point at which everyone stops using personal/professional blogs entirely and starts using Twitter exclusively.

Stats, research and probably some graphs about UK higher education from labour market analyst and speaker Charlie Ball