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Dr Matthew Forshaw

Reader in Data Science


Dr Matthew Forshaw is Reader in Data Science at Newcastle University and Senior Advisor for Skills to The Alan Turing Institute.
His work in data and AI skills includes working with the Government on the skills pillar of the National Data Strategy, leadership of skills policy initiatives through the Data Skills Taskforce, and as Expert Advisor to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
His work on professionalisation of the data science occupation with the Alliance of Data Science Professionals is having a major impact on public and professional policy and practice, setting professional values and ethical standards for the use of data science and AI for the UK’s accreditation and certification processes across several major professional bodies.
He is passionate about democratising access to, and widening participation into, data and AI skills training at all levels.

Matthew is Chair of Analyst Network North East (ANNE), the regional branch of The OR Society, facilitating exchange of ideas between analysts from the academic, public and private sectors in the North East of England. Matthew holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

In 2018, Matthew was a visiting researcher at Systems Group, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich).

Area of expertise: data science, stream processing, energy efficiency, distributed computing

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Funding Awards

2021    Nework Rail (Co-I) “Predictability of UK Rail Network Performance Using Co-simulation and FMI-based Strategies”, £300,000

2021    Department for Education and Office for Students (PI), “Higher education short course trial: Digital Healthcare (Health informatics)” £201,617

2021    EPSRC (Joint PI), “Pedagogic innovation in (non-)cognate Data/AI Education through industry-academic co-creation.” £260,493

2021    EPSRC (PI), “Data/AI Educators Programme - Pedagogic ‘train-the-trainer’ for national capacity building in skills.” £96,000

2021    EPSRC (PI), “Grow the convening initiatives of the Data Skills Taskforce” £199,600

2021    DCMS (PI), “Foundational Data Skills for non-cognate learners”. £146,464

2021    Dept. for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (PI), “Organisational data readiness”. £80,000

2020    Office for Students (OfS), DCMS and UK Government Office for AI (PI) “Widening access to postgraduate training in data science and AI.” £1,518,090.00

2020    UEDF (CoI) “Supporting students in Software Sustainability and Open Research.” £5,141

2019    EPSRC Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) £87,696

2018    HEFCE Catalyst Fund (PI) “Addressing the national data analytics skills shortage: co-creation of an industry-led Data Science programme.” £250,997.86

2016    HEFCE (PI) “Improving Student Engagement and Retention through `Human in the Loop' Learning Analytics.” £102,528.77

2016    ULTSEC Innovation Fund (PI) “Promoting Student Engagement and Retention through Learning Analytics.” £13,450