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CDRC Masters Dissertation Programme – Submissions by 8th Dec

CDRC logoFollowing another successful year of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) Masters Research Dissertation Programme, the CDRCare now seeking proposals from businesses for new projects due to commence next spring (2018).

The annual dissertation programme presents a unique opportunity for commercial organisations to invite a masters student to work on a project of their choice between May-August, with the joint supervision and advice from an academic from their university.

It is a great opportunity to get a Masters student to help you to make progress with:

  • Major current issues, such as big data analytics, understanding footfall, predicting consumer behaviour, multi-channel insight, modelling mobility, geodemographic segmentation, e-engagement, social media
  • Working with data – both your own in-house data, and also maximising the value to be obtained from Open Data or data from government or administrative sources (available through the CDRC and the ONS)
  • Exploration of new techniques in data science

It also publicises your company’s interest in students with data skills and collaboration with academia.

Previous experience illustrates the main features of the initiative:

The CDRC are aiming to open the application process for masters students in January and to therefore encourage applicants from a wide breadth of disciplines and institutions. The student application process will be facilitated on the CDRC website and businesses will be encouraged to interview/select successful applicants in early 2018.

If you have a project in mind, please complete a project proposal form (available from the web link below) and email it to Guy Lansley at g.lansley@ucl.ac.uk by 8th December 2017.

All proposals need to be approved before they can be publicised to ensure that the students can maximise the academic potential from their dissertations. Alternatively, feel free to email Guy informally if you would rather discuss rough ideas for projects at this stage.

For more information on the programme visit: https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/retail-masters/information-for-retailers/

What are the SLA Student Awards 2017 and who should enter?

The SLA Student Awards are designed to reward final year Undergraduate and Masters students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The award scheme is open to students registered at UK Universities in the 2016/17 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis.

New for 2017, the society will award prizes in two categories:

  1. Undergraduate Award
  2. The Masters Award

A winner and runner-up will be selected in each category by an expert panel. Judges will be looking for work that makes both academic and practical contributions to the field. Award winners will be invited to attend a SLA event (in September/October) to meet members, network and collect their certificate and cash prize (winner: £200, runner-up: £100 in both categories). Reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the society.

Students in any subject area are invited to apply providing that they meet the above criteria. Example subjects may include (but are not exclusive to) geography, demographics, GIS, business and management.

Entry criteria

In order to apply for the SLA Student Awards 2017, you must meet the following criteria. You are:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate (BA/BSc) or Masters (MA/MSc/MRes) student
  • Completing studies at a UK university / institute of Higher Education
  • Completing a dissertation or final year extended project in the broad field of location analysis
  • Not a previous winner of a student award issued by the SLA

How do I enter?

Entries are by electronic application form only (downloadable on this page) and require all fields to be completed. Completed forms should be sent to Ruth Holroyd, SLA Secretary, at info@thesla.org by no later than the closing date of Friday 8th September 2017, 5pm. Informal enquiries/questions can be directed to Dr Luke Burns at L.P.Burns@leeds.ac.uk.

Documents available for download:
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  1. SLA Student Awards 2017 application form
  2. SLA Student Awards 2017 promotional poster

Apply for your Oxford Summer School Masters Scholarship

Oxford Summer School Masters Programme – Apply for one of our limited scholarships worth up to £3,600
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We’re providing six fully funded and six part funded scholarships for the prestigious Oxford Summer School Masters programme, helping senior managers in retail develop essential skills for future success.

Competition is always fierce, make sure your application is submitted before 11th December to be considered.

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Oxford Summer School – Masters Level

27 February – 2 March 2017, Saïd Business School, Oxford

The structure of the Masters programme encourages delegates to look at things in a different way; to find their own creative solutions to high level strategic issues during the week. Experts are on hand to advise, including respected industry leaders and retail professionals, to whom delegates have full, unprecedented access. By looking at threats and opportunities, which they can profit or protect themselves from, the course ultimately helps senior managers become more effective.

Find out more about the Masters course and the Oxford summer school.

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The CDRC Masters Research Dissertation Programme 2017: Call for Industry Projects

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) are now seeking proposals from businesses for new projects for next year’s CDRC Masters Research Dissertation Programme. This provides a unique opportunity to invite a masters student to undertake a research project on consumer data for your company.

A student project could help you to make progress with:

  • Major current issues, such as multi-channel marketing, customer insight, store networks, transport, surveys, social media, brand insight, predictive modelling and many others.
  • ‘horizon scanning’ projects that are not of the highest priority in the day-to-day work schedules
  • Working with data – both your own in-house data, and also maximising the value to be obtained from Open Data or data from government or administrative sources (available through the CDRC)
  • Exploring new techniques and open software

It also publicises your company’s interest in students with data skills.

Previous experience illustrates the main features of the initiative:

The CDRC are aiming to open the application process for masters students from all UK institutions and disciplines in January. Businesses will be required to select an appropriate student from a small number of forwarded applicants and the projects typically take place from May until the end of August. There are no costs, but we ask business partners to provide their student with a £500 bursary and also fund travel expenses upon successful project completion.

If you have a project in mind, please complete the project proposal form (below) and email it to Guy Lansley at g.lansley@ucl.ac.uk by the start of December.

Download the Project Proposal Form

All proposals need to be approved before they can be publicised to ensure that the students can maximise the academic potential from their dissertations. Alternatively, feel free to email Guy informally if you would rather discuss rough ideas for projects at this stage.

For more information on the programme visit: https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/retail-masters/information-for-retailers/

Training needs survey 2016

We have created this short survey to help us understand the training needs of professionals at all levels of the site location research community.

There are six questions and we estimate that it should only take you 10 minutes to complete. We will be sharing the results once we’ve analysed them.

Training Needs in Site Location Survey

If you could aim to complete the survey by Friday 18th November we will then collate the results and share them with you all.

SLA Undergraduate Student Awards 2016

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After the success of last year’s Undergraduate Student awards we are launching them for a second time.

  • Are you a final year a final year undergraduate student at a UK University?
  • Did you complete a dissertation or extended project in the broad field of location analysis during the period 2015/2016

Why not enter the SLA Undergraduate Student Awards?

This year we will be awarding three levels of prize as well as a certificate and recognition in the industry. The prizes are as follows:

  1. Gold: £150
  2. Silver £100
  3. Bronze: £50

All entries must comply to the criteria detailed on the application form and be submitted to the SLA secretary on info@thesla.org by 5pm on 29th July 2016.

All questions and enquiries to Dr Luke Burns on l.p.burns@leeds.ac.uk

Click here for more information, application forms and to the download poster.

Location Planning practitioner’s salary and benefits survey

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You may be interested in this new survey we are supporting, into salaries and benefits of location planning professionals.

Many of you will recall that we ran a survey a few years ago into the workload and activities of the profession. A number of members have since said that this was a useful way of benchmarking their own workloads and responsibilities; and that a salary and benefits survey would be even more useful.

This is the first anonymous survey of salary and benefits of its kind, for all location planning practitioners in the UK, and we invite you to participate by clicking on the link below. It will only take 4 minutes to complete.

The aim is to establish this survey as the authoritative annual research of salary and benefits for location planners. Please feel free to pass this survey on to your colleagues and contacts throughout the Location Planning Industry.

Click here to complete this short survey.

The survey is being undertaken by Red Tiger Consulting Ltd., a company founded by Steve Halsall and Andy Thompson who, between them, have over 50 years’ experience in location planning, at a range of consultancy and client side organisations, and who are both founding members of the SLA. Red Tiger is focused on talent sourcing and skills development in Location Planning.

Please complete the survey by Monday 1st February.

The survey will be anonymous and it will not be possible to identify individuals. A summary report will be published which will be made available to all contributing location planning practitioners; and we will present the results of the survey at our first SLA meeting in the Spring.

With best wishes for 2016.

Jonathan Reynolds (Chair, SLA)

The CDRC Masters Research Dissertation Programme 2016: Call for Industry Projects

CDRC logoFollowing another successful year of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) Masters Research Dissertation Programme, we are now seeking proposals from businesses for new projects due to commence next spring (2016).

CDRC are aiming to open the application process for masters students in January and to therefore encourage applicants from a wider breadth of disciplines and institutions. The application process will be facilitated on the CDRC website and you will be encouraged to interview/select successful applicants in early 2016.

This presents a great opportunity to get a Masters student to help you to make progress with:

  • Major current issues, such as multi-channel marketing, customer insight, store networks, transport, surveys, social media, brand insight, predictive modelling and many others.
  • ‘horizon scanning’ projects that are not of the highest priority in the day-to-day work schedules
  • Working with data – both your own in-house data, and also maximising the value to be obtained from Open Data or data from government or administrative sources (available through the CDRC)

It also publicises your company’s interest in students with data skills.

Previous experience illustrates the main features of the initiative:

If you have a project in mind, please complete the project proposal form (available via the link below) and email it to Guy Lansley at g.lansley@ucl.ac.uk by the start of December. All proposals need to be approved before they can be publicised to ensure that the students can maximise the academic potential from their dissertations. Alternatively, feel free to email Guy informally if you have any rough ideas for projects and would like to discuss.

For more information on the programme visit: https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/retail-masters/information-for-retailers/

Please Download the Masters-Research-Dissertation-Programme-2016-Project-Proposal-Application form here.