Predictive Analytics for Academia

Education today involves many challenges, from preparing students to join the workforce and meeting stringent legislative and accreditation requirements, to compete to retain your students and deliver a personalised student experience. Lecturers, post-grad researchers and administrative staff turn to Presidion for the solutions and services they need to achieve success.

Presidion are the sole supplier of the SPSS Academic Licence in the UK and Ireland, providing IBM SPSS to over 250 universities and colleges to increase the ability of students and academics to both learn and teach statistics using IBM SPSS.

We also provide solutions to improve your student retention rates, deliver the best student experience and create a smarter student recruitment strategy.

IBM SPSS for Academia

Employers look for candidates who can hit the ground running. That’s why it’s important that students experience the analysis and data mining products they’ll encounter in their jobs.


SPSS is a statistical software used in all industries throughout the world to generate reports, gaining insights and predicting future outcomes. From an academic point of view, SPSS is heavily used by students and staff for all types of statistical analysis, survey research, and admin purposes. By using SPSS, both students and staff can gain insights from survey data and produce intuitive reports to convey the results.

Used across all departments from Geography to Sports Science, the experience that students gain from using SPSS in their Academic learnings, enables them to enter the workforce already practiced in statistical procedures. It helps to support coursework, as well as enabling them to develop the advanced analytical skills that they will need in their post Academic life.

Presidion offers a variety of options for integrating statistical and data mining instruction into the classroom. Approximately 95% of all Third Level Institutes & Universities in the UK and Ireland, as well as all 129 of the U.S. News & World Report’s top-ranked colleges use IBM SPSS Solutions.

How do we support Academia:

  • IBM SPSS Software is provided site wide in the UK and Ireland under the IBM SPSS Academic License Agreement.
  • Presidion Training support & lecture on Masters courses in top universities like Trinity College Dublin.
  • Our training team offer “Training the Trainer” programs in IBM SPSS and provide discounts on our public training courses.
Case Study

Keeping Students on Track – American Public University System turns to predictive analytics to boost student retention and academic excellence.

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Solutions for Academic Lecturers and Researchers

Lecturing in IBM SPSS


Integrate statistical and data mining instruction into the classroom

Post Grad Research


Produce high-quality output or reports and publications

Case Study

University of Western Sydney learns the secrets of student retention. Harnessing predictive analytics to understand and address the key causes of student attrition.

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Case Study

Achieving record school graduation rates and helping students progress with predictive analytics.

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Case Study

Keeping Students on track!

American Public University System turns to predictive analytics to boost student retention and academic excellence

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What our customers say about us.

Presidion seems to be a company of the right size to be able to give good service to people in my position. Not too small to have resources and not too big to be too formal and procedure-driven.  The people I deal with are helpful and know their stuff.   I’m very happy with Presidion.

Peter Armstrong – Business Support Manager CiCS – University of Sheffield

They are very quick to respond to any queries, issues and the support is exceptional. The responses are always very quick and easy to understand

Lisa Rowley -Software Asset Management Officer – University of Wolverhampton

Providing the codes quickly and accurately as well as maintaining quick and reliable download locations. Friendly and responsive customer service.

Michael Viner – Anglia Ruskin University

They provide a good prompt response to queries. They are friendly and effective.

Peter Harrison, Brunel University

Presidion are always quick with a response to my e-mails and are always really helpful in supplying me with software, license keys and any information that I require.

Jane Murphy – Application Manager – King’s College London

Excellent response to my (many) queries by extremely knowledgeable & helpful staff.

Keith Wood – IT Purchasing & Supplier Relationship Manager – City University of London

Quick, efficient responses to queries and always looking to assist with our problems

Graeme Smith – IT Development Manager – Heriot Watt University

More Solutions

Improve Student Retention

The current state of third level institutions in the UK and Ireland have highlighted the grave extent of student dropouts. There is a clear need to delve deeper and begin addressing issues in a forward thinking manner, employing smarter technology and ground-breaking data analysis.

Academics around the globe are looking to improve student retention rates while reducing costs through a process of using predictive analytics to identify students most at risk of dropping out of education. Predictive analytics technology can boost student retention rates by:

  • Predicting what are the factors that are causing students to drop out
  • Identify student issues and key factors driving retention issues.
  • Flag students that have a high level of certainty of dropping out
  • Design proactive intervention strategies at key stages during the student life cycle

Smarter Student Recruitment


Boost student recruitment by:

  • Identifying factors impacting employability of prospective students
  • Adapting your recruitment process to select those most likely to succeed beyond traditional academic criteria.
  • Targeting digital marketing.
  • Insights discovered on your students from historic data.
  • Profiling potential students effectively by using data on past students that can drive future professional performance.

Better Student Experience


Improve student engagement and the student experience by using advanced predictive analytics solutions to:

  • Attract the right quality and quantity of students.
  • Better targeted messaging.
  • Provide a more personalised learning experience.
  • Identify the factors that lead to student graduation and then career development/employability opportunities.
  • Improve academic rankings by attracting better students.
  • Select students with the highest potential.

Training for Academia!

Training for Academia

Reach Higher Results with Presidion Training!
More than 20 years of highly successful training programmes on topics ranging from statistical analysis and survey research to data mining and predictive analytics.

  • "With IBM SPSS Statistics, students can tackle important real-life problems, applying a range of analyses to achieve a solution in a short period of time."

    Sharon L. Weinberg
    Professor of Applied Statistics and Psychology at New York University
  • "Now, by using Presidion (formerly SPSS Ireland) expertise and their online survey capabilities, it was easier and faster to measure opinions. Dimensions is an excellent tool that enables us to collect feedback in a timely manner and also deliver huge cost savings to the organisation."

    Ian McKenna
    Head of Framework Awards at HETAC
  • "The key is that IBM SPSS Statistics can perform data management, data analysis, data extraction, database construction, reporting and forecasting ... all in a single product."

    Dr. David Wright
    WSU sociology professor, WSU’s Statistical Project Analyst
  • "Thanks to IBM SPSS, we are able to complete significantly faster analysis of our academic programs. Prior to IBM-SPSS, we would have spent most of one term—that’s several months—analyzing one program. Now we can do it in a week or less."

    Dr. Ronald Gordon
    Director of Research at Yuba Community College District