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Naomi Drinkwater

Naomi Drinkwater

Head of Planning & Data Insight,
University of Essex

Naomi is currently Head of Planning and Data Insight at the University of Essex. Naomi has overall responsibility in the reporting of data in order to improve the university’s performance to support its strategic aims. The effective use of data at the University of Essex has allowed the University of Essex to manage resources and make decisions more effectively. This has resulted in the university growing its student base by 50% in 5 years and being amongst the top 15 mainstream English universities for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019). Prior to working at Essex, Naomi worked in analytical, policy and communications roles in a number of organisations across the higher education sector including The University of East London, the Russell Group, Universities UK and the Medical Schools Council.

Gain the latest insights from leaders in the higher education sector on creating and developing effective higher education data strategies

  • Analysing how to develop a whole-institution approach to creating and embedding data strategies
  • Reflecting on the latest data trends across higher education and how this impacts data strategies
  • Sharing examples of best practice and practical insights for effective implementations of data strategies across different institutions
  • Discussing how to successfully utilise data to deliver maximum impact for students through improving course design, teaching provision and the student experience
  • The practicalities of implementing a data informed approach to strategy and performance