Abstract / Description of output
In this article, we chronicle the development of the consultancy style dissertations of the MSc program in Statistics with Data Science at the University of Edinburgh. These dissertations are based on real-world data problems, in joint supervision with industrial and academic partners, and aim to get all students in the cohort together to develop consultancy skills and best practices, and also to promote their statistical leadership. Aligning with recently published research on statistical education suggesting the need for a greater focus on statistical consultancy skills, we summarize our experience in organizing and supervising such consultancy style dissertations, describe the logistics of implementing them, and review the students’ and supervisors’ feedback about these dissertations.
Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)
- Case study
- Consultancy skills
- Curriculum design
- Statistical leadership
- Workforce preparation