The UK has a shortage of social science graduates with the quantitative skills necessary to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research. These skills are essential to employers across all sectors.

How employers can get involved with Q-Step - providing a work placement

We are looking for employers from all sectors to form partnerships with Q-Step Centres and provide work placements for social science undergraduates.

By giving students the opportunity to see for themselves how quantitative analysis is used professionally, you will provide them with an invaluable experience. Students will be able to put theory acquired on their degree courses into practice, and their experience will inform their career choices, which might include working for your company. 

Mentoring a Q-Step student could be a development opportunity for your staff – enabling them to develop their management skills. 

Providing a placement will also enable your organisation to strengthen its links with the higher education sector, and could feed into your corporate social responsibility policy. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

For more information on hosting a Q-Step work placements, please see our FAQ for host employers.

If your organisation is interested in partnering with any of the 18 Q-Step Centres/Affiliates, please contact Q-Stepteam@nuffieldfoundation.org.

Also on the web

Students from the following Q-Step Centres have successfully completed 2014 work placements over the summer.  

  1. Manchester Metropolitan Q-Step Centre
  2. Manchester University Q-Step Centre
  3. Queen's Belfast Q-Step Centre
  4. Oxford Unviersty Q-Step Centre

If you are interested in partnering with any of our 18 Q-Step Centres/Affiliates, please find their details here