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Science, data and DIO

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A wide, shallow trench with a number of deeper trenches within it. There is a wheelbarrow and several buckets and two people at the far end conversing.
Sarah was able to visit an archaeological dig on Salisbury Plain as part of her work. [Crown Copyright/MOD2018]
Do you have an interest in science? This week is British Science Week, which celebrates careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). After leaving my career behind as a science teacher, I decided to pursue my passion of data science by becoming a data analyst at DIO.

Wondering what a data analyst does?

I’ve been here for a year and it’s clear how important data is to the functioning of DIO and the MOD. I’m currently looking at the data behind the Defence Estate Optimisation Programme, including the number of sites we have and the sites that we are disposing of to see how the Defence estate is constantly changing and evolving.

One day I could be creating data categories for the data warehouse, which is not a building but a way of storing data digitally for the MOD. The next I could be running an asset consolidation exercise to update the Infrastructure Management System for our overseas sites.

The most interesting project that I’ve worked on is the Property Change Form Enhanced Capability. This form is how people on the Defence estate tell us when there’s been a change to one of our assets, such as a building that is being refurbished or demolished. We’re making the form digital which will make it much easier to report this information. My team and I are also working on pulling data together to create reports for an internal change programme called Future DIO.

Not only do I get to work on science at DIO, but I’ve also had the opportunity to take part in an archaeological dig with Operation Nightingale on Salisbury Plain – a truly memorable experience!


I’ve had the opportunity to share my interest in science with colleagues at DIO and this has now led me to working with them to support STEM related careers. Science is such an interesting and fascinating career and is vital to helping DIO move forward. A career in STEM at DIO is varied and includes roles in engineering, archaeology, the explosive ordnance team and IT.

I’m also a STEM ambassador and recently started working with STEM Learning Limited to help promote the careers that are available in this field in DIO. I hope that I can inspire people to take up an exciting career in science, technology, maths or engineering. If you’re interested in working in any of these field, keep an eye out for roles on our LinkedIn page and Civil Service Jobs.

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