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CDRC Researcher named as UKDS Data Impact Fellow


CDRC PhD Student Rachel Oldroyd has been named as one of five UKDS Data Impact Fellows.

The programme is designed to support the use of UK Data Service data and resources by new generations of scholars through the research partnerships they develop and the students they teach. The quality of applications was high and it was a difficult choice for the judges who additionally awarded two runners-up prizes.

The Fellows will now begin new activities to extend the impact of their research and will write for the UKDS Data Impact Blog about their progress and develop case studies as they go on to share the outcomes of their role as UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows.

Rachel Oldroyd is a quantitative human geographer based at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) within the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) at the University of Leeds. She commented: “I’m delighted to be named as one of five UK Data Impact Fellows. I’m a huge advocate of the UK Data Service so I’m looking forward to promoting their data and resources through my research and teaching activities. It’s also a great opportunity to increase the impact of my research in food safety.”

Rachel started a part-time ESRC White Rose Studentship in October 2015 and her PhD is centred on spatial data analytics for food safety, with particular focus on foodborne illness. Her research investigates the incidence of foodborne illness in the UK through innovatively combining data sources such as the UK census, online restaurant reviews, socio-economic data and food establishment hygiene scores to identify populations at risk; construct spatial-temporal models of food safety at varying geographies; and explore the utility of these models as a means to target scarce resources.

Find out more about the UKDS Data Impact Fellow 2016 programme.