MMU Q-Step Centre hosts 'Q-Step in the Community' celebratory event - 24th March 2015
MMU Q-Step Centre Coordinator, Dr Julie Scott Jones, Deputy Coordinator, Dr John Goldring, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Law and Social Science, Dr Sharon Handley, along with their Q-Step team of new lecturers and existing staff, recently hosted their first and successful 'Q-Step in the Community' celebratory event to mark the culmination of the hard work carried out by the 30 participating Q-Step students who conducted quantitative research projects alongside 12 public and third sector host organisations.
The research placements are credit bearing with many students deciding to feature their projects in their final year dissertations. The placements have positively benefited both the local organisations and community, as many have the data but not necessarily the time and resources to analyse it, and for the students taking part, the experience has afforded them essential career skills as well as further developing their quantitative methods skills using real world data.
In her speech, Dr Julie Scott Jones touched upon some of the key successes of both the initiative and their Centre so far:
- the 30 final year students conducted over 1300 hours of volunteering and 250 hours of shadowing/site visits between them. Of these students, two are now doing ad hoc (paid) data analysis for their respective organisations and another has had a job interview. Two became Special Constables with Greater Manchester Police and another has become a Police Cadet Leader also
- 20 organisations have now signed up to the Q-Step in the Community programme and will offer over 38 placements for the next 2015/16 academic year
- 37 students have opted to switch from a BA to a BSc for their final year, and will graduate next July (2016) with MMU's new BSc 'With QM' degree
- Over 750 hours of Numeracy support offered across the University, via the Q-Step Centre in conjunction with MMU's Numeracy Project
- Over 50 hours of additional QM embedded in non-research methods units within the Sociology/Criminology programme this academic year
- And over 40 Data Buddies recruited to support students with numeracy/QM across 4 Faculties
Visit MMU's twitter page: @MMUQStep for more event photos
Read MMU's article 'Celebration of £1.1 million Q-Step Centre'