Consumer Data Research Centre

Introduction to R and RStudio

25 January 2016

This one day course will get you up-to-speed with using R and RStudio for daily data processing, analysis and visualisation tasks. It is practical, so you’ll ‘learn by doing’. Based on material produced by Colin Gillespie at the University of Newcastle, with additional detail on data manipulation.

Programme objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the syntax of the R language
  • Be able to use RStudio for productively working on R projects
  • Be able to read in data into R from a variety of sources
  • Be confident in how R works to create attractive and insightful graphical outputs

Who teaches the programme?

Dr Robin Lovelace is a quantitative geographer and environmental scientist working as Research Fellow at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) at the University of Leeds, UK. Robin developed the popular tutorial Introduction to Spatial Data with R ( 

Is this course for me?

This is a beginner course, no knowledge of R and RStudio is assumed.