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Power BI

We are introducing a new reporting tool called 'Power BI', for use by staff across the University. You will be able to use this functionally rich tool to produce sophisticated reports and dashboards, simply and easily. Power BI will replace our current Discoverer reporting tool, which is now out of support.

Online learning

We would encourage staff to complete the relevant online training course listed below – Dashboard in a Day.

Downloading and installing Power BI

The desktop version of Power BI is available for University staff. See our Knowledge Base article for installation instructions:

Dashboard in a Day (Pragmatic Works)

Online training for Power BI Users

Dashboard in a Day covers the capabilities of Power BI. The goal of this informational course is to help you understand how to analyse your data in a rich and compelling way.

This training contains nine modules for a total of 7 hours 33 minutes of videos. These modules cover all the topics that would be covered in classroom based training.

Once you click on the link to the Dashboard in a Day, you will have to register, for free, to gain access to the training videos and manual. Once registered you will have unlimited access to the online training course.

You will need to download and familiarise yourself with the Power BI desktop application. See below for instructions on how to download and install the desktop version of Power BI, for free, to your University computer.

Advanced training – aimed at users who will be creating data models and workspaces for their specific business area

Introduction to Data Modelling for Power BI is an introductory video course about data modelling, which is a required skill to get the best out of Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, and Analysis Services. The training is aimed at users that do not have a background knowledge in data modelling for analytical systems and reporting.

This training contains 27 modules for a total of 2 hours of videos. You will have to register, for free, to gain access to the training course materials.

How-to guides

Staff training events took place during April and May 2019 – a video podcast of these is available.

The best Microsoft documentation is Power BI documentation where you can browse the support by end user type - whether consumer, report designer, or developer.

Microsoft Power BI Guided Learning - a good place to start: