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Working with LIDA

LIDA is a trusted partner that offers academic data analytics expertise and secure data management and analytics services. We can help you and your organisation securely derive value from the data you hold and further develop your internal data analytics capability. Examples of how we can support you include:

A collaborative space for multidisciplinary research, education & training

LIDA provides Safe Rooms for research with identifiable personal data, NHS DSPT/ISO27001 IT infrastructure for research with identifiable and pseudonymised personal data, and a multidisciplinary research environment for 156 researchers, academics, PhD students and professional services staff from across the University.

Partners can co-locate their staff within the institute, either permanently or for a defined period relating to a particular project or activity. The space can be used for training courses and seminars. Whilst working at the Institute, colleagues benefit from direct access to members of the academic and technical teams, whilst also making use of our facilities, including the The Leeds Analytics Secure Environment for Research (LASER).

A highly secure, cloud based scalable research IT platform

The Leeds Analytics Secure Environment for Research (LASER) is a cutting edge cloud based (Microsoft Azure) platform hosted in LIDA, designed to empower researchers and students to drive data analytics excellence at the University. LIDA’s research environment – including both secure offices and LASER platform – securely hosts data that are highly sensitive, personally identifiable or commercially sensitive.

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Data Scientist Development Programme

Our Data Scientist Development Programme enables partners to test new ideas, methods and techniques before committing to a longer term programme of work.

As an intern project sponsor, our partners set the project brief and then receive regular updates and a final report from the intern and their academic supervisors

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Sponsorship of PhD projects

LIDA hosts two Centres for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society, and in AI for Medical Diagnosis and Care.

Sponsorship of PhD projects for longer term research, enabling partners to access skills, strategic advice, data and networks.

As a PhD project sponsor, our partners work with the academic supervisors to set the initial brief and remain engaged to help steer and inform the project throughout its duration.

Guest Lecturers

Guest lectures and masterclasses cover both real world applications of data analytics and related career opportunities and enable partners to help shape the skills of the future workforce.

Training and professional development

Our programme of short courses are open to our partners and we can also meet bespoke training requirements.

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LIDA Partners

We believe in innovation through collaboration and work closely with a wide range of data partners in the public, private and third sectors to ensure the Institute’s academic expertise is channelled towards addressing real-world challenges.

For more information or to discuss how your organisation can benefit from working with LIDA please contact


Department of Health & Social Care

Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC)

Southwest Water

Office for National Statistics (ONS)


British Heart Foundation

Leeds City Council

The Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust


Enterprise CarClub


Born in Bradford

United Nations



World Trade Organization

Ordnance Survey

Parole Board

Active Inspiration

School Grid


Department for Transport

Leicestershire County Council


Dietary Assessment Ltd.


Vegetarian Society