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It’s not just about the technical skills for us, it’s about those softer skills as well. We’re the first university in the UK to embed some Microsoft professional programs to teach students about analytics, artificial intelligence, across some of our business-related courses. If you’re studying a degree in business, you can start on some of the track that takes you towards becoming a data scientist, to get a grounding in how you analyse and visualise data, which is really important in modern business.” Staffordshire University is on the

up. Proctor’s work has seen him earn number six in the UK CIO Top 100 list, which is “more of a reflection on the team than myself”, he says. “I just get to do the publicity around all of their hard work to be honest.” Beacon recently won the “Best Not-ForProfit Project’ at the national Digital Leadership Awards and the university received a gold award within the Teaching Excellence Framework, moving up from silver to the highest level. “We’re one of the highest climbing universities across the league tables as well. Five years ago, we were really languishing. Now we’re in the top 50 across all the league tables, and we’ve actually entered into the world rankings too. It’s just a reflection of a lot of the hard work that’s been done so far. And, it would be remiss of me not to mention Vice Chancellor Liz Barnes, because she wholeheartedly believes that digital is fundamental to the future of universities. And as a digital director, if you don’t have a CEO that really buys into digital, you’re always going to be limited in what you can do.”

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