Background to Q-Step

The UK has a shortage of social science graduates with the quantitative skills needed to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research.

Yet these skills are increasingly in demand from employers across all sectors - academia, government, business and charities. Q-Step's funders believe that this skills deficit, caused primarily by market failure to attract students and teachers in quantitative social science training, cannot be improved without targeted investment.

Q-Step aims to promote a step-change in undergraduate quantitative social science training in the UK, encouraging the development of new and exciting ways of teaching that will attract and enthuse and signaling the importance of quantitative training to a wide range of players across the education sector.

The detailed rationale for Q-Step and what it aims to do is set out in the Programme Background (PDF).