Web Mapping – London – 15th November 2018, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

When: 15th November 2018, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: University of Liverpool (London Campus), 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG United Kingdom – + Google Map
Who: Dr Nick Bearman, FRGS, CGeog (GIS), AFHEA

This is a training and capacity building event organised by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), an ESRC funded research project of which Jonathan Reynolds is Deputy Director and Co-Investigator.

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An Introduction to Retail Property


Brought to you by Property Overview, this one day course is great value, and gives you, as an SLA member, 15% off!

  • “An Introduction to Retail Property” – 1 day course
  • Date: Monday 1 October, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
  • Price: standard price £450pp+VAT, SLA member price £382pp+VAT

The aim is to provide a foundation knowledge on the retail property industry and how it all fits together. It provides wider context for the Location Analysts. How does the shop location fit into the bigger investment picture?

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Imagining the Data Ready Social Science Graduate in the Twenty – Twenties, London

The focus of this symposium style event will be to further develop collaborations between the University sector and organisations in business and industry, and to better understand the relevant skills, knowledge and attributes that an appropriately trained social science data professional requires to be an attractive candidate to industry. Key aims of the event will be to work with industry partners and trainers to develop a deeper understanding of how best to provide graduates with training that will equip them appropriately for data-intensive careers, explore further the challenges faced by organisations and discuss opportunities to work in partnership to address these both in the workplace and academic social science community. This event will also provide an opportunity for those who have attended the AQMEN training workshops to reflect on their experience, highlighting the relevance and need for this training within their organisation, and feeding into wider discussions about how training might be developed in the future to ensure skills being taught are industry relevant for both social science graduates and existing employees.

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Data Wrangling and Munging: Organising, Managing and Enabling Data for Analysis, London, 24-25 July

This two-day workshop will introduce participants to the skills required to discover data sources and organise raw data for analysis. Practical operations such as matching and merging files, recoding measures, documenting data and storing data will be covered.

Participants may attend without attending the first workshop, but must be confident that they meet the pre-requisite requirements and have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis.

Full details of the workshop and a link to register are available at https://bit.ly/2MmcNKr

Understanding Valuations, London, 25th September

“Understanding Valuations”
Date: Tuesday 25 September, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
Price: standard price £540pp+VAT, SLA member price £459pp+VAT

This course explains the valuation methods and what is used when & why, what factors impact valuations & how they differ by property type – brought to life by case studies – and addresses jargon so a valuation report will no longer hold any secrets for you, enabling more informed discussions and decisions. Quote SLA15% for your discount

For more information visit https://www.propertyoverview.co.uk/understanding-valuations

An Introduction to Property, London, 18th September

“An Introduction to Property” – 1 day course
Date: Tuesday 18 September, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
Price: standard price £450pp+VAT, SLA member price £382pp+VAT

A course for those who lack formalised property training or have a one-sided background. This course provides a brief 360° overview of the property industry and how it all fits together in 1 day. It looks at market drivers, key jargon, job roles, market players, lettings, investment & valuations. Quote SLA15% for your discount

For more information, visit click https://www.propertyoverview.co.uk/introduction-to-property-courses

An Introduction to Property, London, 5-6 July

“An Introduction to Property” – 2 day course
Date: Thu % & Fri 6 July, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
Price: standard price £795pp+VAT, SLA member price £675.75pp+VAT

A course for those who lack formalised property training or have a one-sided background. This course provides an in-depth 360° view of the property industry and how it all fits together, looking at market drivers, jargon, job roles & market players in-depth, lettings, investment & valuation. Quote SLA15% for your discount

For more information, visit click https://www.propertyoverview.co.uk/introduction-to-property-courses

Challenges and Opportunities in Retail Location Analysis, 14th June, Oxford


Oxford’s annual 3-day residential programme on retail location & customer analysis takes a well-earned break this year. In its place, we invite you to join us for a free one-day, invitation only event in Oxford focusing on the Challenges and Opportunities facing retail location analysis and customer insight professionals.

Within the context of some of the most significant changes to be facing the retail sector in a generation, there is an urgent requirement for firms to better understand the ways in which the location, role and performance of their physical asset base are changing. Neither stores nor high streets are dead, but stores need investment, focus and creativity in order to make them attractive places to shop; and the places in which retail stores have been traditionally found require profound re-evaluation. This has implications for decision makers in retail enterprises, real estate as well as in local and central government. Our particular interest lies in understanding the implications for the location planner and customer insight specialist of these changes: how will the consumer connect in the future with the retailer’s various points of presence; how will firms monitor and optimise the performance of the existing network (which will continue to involve network rationalisation and selective disposals), how will integration be achieved with the enterprise’s non-store channels, and how will new skills, analytical techniques and strategic approaches for forecasting be acquired by firms, given often uncertain demand across channels?

Participants in the workshop will be drawn from analysts and managers amongst retail, finance and other consumer services, property and retail professional service firms, as well as leading academics and commentators, but the day will also rely heavily on the views and contributions of attendees. Speakers will include Dr Jonathan Reynolds (University of Oxford), Dr David Rogers (DSR Marketing Systems), Sarah Hitchcock (Geolytix), Steve Halsall (Red Tiger Consulting), Richard Cuthbertson (Oxford University), Les Dolega (University of Liverpool).

Come and help shape the debate!

The workshop will comprise a mixture of presentations and panel discussions, including:

  • Navigating the new retail landscape
    A contemporary diagnosis of the challenges facing the sector, drawing on Oxford’s most recent research, together with a perspective from the US
  • Evaluating a new classification of UK retail places
    Traditional retail spaces in the UK are transforming their functions and land use occupancy patterns. We test how this is affecting the diversity and economic health of individual town and city centres as well as entire networks of centres
  • New methods for retail location planning: scenario planning and retailing
    Most contemporary analytical techniques focus on forecasting. Such approaches have less relevance in uncertain times. This session examines, and allows participants to test, the potential of scenario planning for evaluating alternative futures.
  • 2025: the evolution of retail location planning
    This session will explore what location planning teams do and how the role of a location planner is likely to change over the next 5-10 years
  • In addition, we will be offering an optional opportunity at the end of the event, for those able to stay, to visit the new Westgate development in Oxford, where the management team has kindly agreed to host a guided tour.

    The workshop is running with the generous support of the Society for Location Analysis and the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre.

    Interested? Hold the date and contact us today!

    This event will run from 10am to 4pm on 14 June 2018.

    Spaces are limited. If you are interested in participating in this event, please Register Here.

    If you have any questions please contact Claudia.seiler@sbs.ox.ac.uk or info@thesla.org.

    More details will be posted to the RLA website events page and at https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/faculty-research/oxirm/workshops-and-training/rla