Nicola completed her MRes in 2013 having studied for the qualification part-time for two years whilst also working in monitoring and evaluation for The Prince’s Trust.
Having previously worked as a research consultant in the regeneration sector, Nicola was looking for a course that would further develop her research and analysis skills and enhance her knowledge of spatial analysis and visualisation tools and the ways in which they could utilised to enhance projects aimed at tackling social exclusion.
Nicola said: “I found UCL and particularly CASA to be a really innovative and inspiring place to study, learning new techniques in social and spatial data analysis and visualisation techniques and working closely with a host of experts in the sector.
"As part of a group I was involved in building a 3D augmented reality model of the campus incorporating live data feeds. Through my dissertation I explored how developments in open data, big data and geospatial analysis could be utilised by the charity and voluntary sector and the challenges this sector frequently face in this“.
Since graduating, Nicola has been working for The Children’s Society as their Data Strategy Manager. The Children’s Society is a national charity aiming to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Nicola’s role as Data Strategy Manager involves ensuring the right operational performance and data and analysis is available and used to drive decision-making across the organisation.
Nicola oversees four Analysts working across the country. Their data analysis informs and provides evidence for decisions about targeting and design of services and products and supports business development. The Children’s Society offers internships and volunteering opportunities.