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Dr David Best

Dr David Best

Director of Analysis and Insights,
UCAS

David joined UCAS in April 2018 after 3 years as Director of Digital Services and Technology for the Office for National Statistics and holds a wealth of experience from across the private and public sectors, including senior roles in the Government Digital Service and Ministry of Justice. David was previously a senior partner at Deloitte Consulting and has held several senior roles in delivering digital and data enabled transformation in large organisations. He has a particular interest in digital technologies and information governance. David holds a BSc, MSc and PhD from Aston University Business School and was previously a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Strathclyde, as well as having lectured and supervised at post graduate level at universities in Europe and South America.

  • Analysing the latest trends and patterns in university admissions and impact this will have on future predictions
  • Outlining how admissions data collected by UCAS can be effectively and efficiently used by higher education institutions and providers
  • Exploring the insights provided from admissions data for long-term strategic planning which can aid institutions in forecasting future student intakes
  • Assessing the importance and use of clearance data for informing admission strategies of providers and institutions