About Southampton Data Science Academy

The Southampton Data Science Academy is a partnership between the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton and Cambridge Education Group. The SDSA was established to bridge the data skills gap, providing research-informed industry-focused education and training.

The courses are designed to address the demands of our increasingly data-driven world, helping ambitious individuals around the world to master the powerful tools of Data Science: business and data analysts, marketers, engineers, developers, economists, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, and nascent data scientists.

The University of Southampton is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world and its Web Science Institute is the home to a uniquely rich network of experts in Computer Science, Web Science, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Health Science, Social Science, Economics and Business. As a result of the WSI’s pioneering work in Data Science, our expertise is transforming the way that data are collected, integrated and converted into knowledge and evidence, informing decision making in business, industry and government sectors. We are founding partners of the UK’s Open Data Institute in Tech City, set up to lead UK businesses in exploiting data. The WSI’s current training programme has reached many tens of thousands of people through its MOOCs in Web Science, Linked Data, and the Power of Social Media, and its highly regarded University-level Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programmes provide an excellent career grounding in the digital and information economy.

Our academics

The academics who created the courses provided by the Southampton Data Science Academy are profiled below; for all enquiries please contact

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and is Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. In 2009 she became a Dame Commander of the British Empire and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Current positions of note include membership of the WEF Global Future Council on Digital Economy and the Society, non-Executive Director of the Digital Catapult Board and Chair of the British Council's Education Advisory Board.

Les Carr is Director of Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training and Professor of Web Science at the University of Southampton. Since the 1980's he has experimented with multimedia information systems, novel ways of constructing hypertexts, digital libraries and knowledge management systems.

Elena Simperl is Professor in the Web And Internet Science research group, department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. She holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Free University of Berlin. Her primary domain of research is at the intersection between knowledge technologies and crowd computing. In particular Elena is interested in socially and economically-motivated aspects of creating and using semantically enabled content on the Web, and in paradigms, methods and techniques to facilitate large-scale collaboration and incentivise participation.

Dr Sepi Chakaveh is the Course Director for the Southampton Data Science Academy. Sepi has a degree in Electronic Engineering & a PhD in Experimental Astrophysics & Space Sciences. Sepi has been teaching & researching Dynamic Objects & Data convergence for the past 20 years. She a visiting academic in Computing & Data at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, an Associate Researcher at the German Fraunhofer Society, and a member of the Open Data Institute (ODI).