Q-Step News

Registration now open for Oxford Q-Step Centre’s Summer Institute

Following the success of the inaugural Summer Institute in 2016, OQC is again offering a one-week residential programme of hands-on quantitative methods training for social science undergraduates from universities across the UK.

Students will be given an introduction and training through a series of lectures and data-lab sessions with world-leading teachers and researchers. The course is aimed at students with little prior knowledge of statistics. Both the course and the accommodation at Lady Margaret Hall will be free of charge.

Details of the Summer Institute 2017 and how to apply can be found on the University of Oxford's website. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 14 April 2017.

Channel 4 - UK's Best Place to Live

Sheffield's Q-Step Coordinator, Dr Alasdair Rae, features on Channel 4's UK's Best Place to Live.

Event: Is data literacy the new black? Wednesday 30 November 2016

Hosted by The University of Manchester's Q-Step Centre, this event is an opportunity to bring together students, employers and UoM's Q-Step staff to celebrate the success of their 2016 Q-Step Summer Internships. This event will feature keynote talks on the role and potrayal of data in the media and presentations from students on their internship projects and its significance.

Oxford Q-Step Centre - Summer Institute 2016

The University of Oxford’s Q-Step Centre launched its week-long residential course to introduce students from other UK universities to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.  Through a series of lectures and data labs sessions using R, they learned how to use statistical modelling to test theoretical statements, and came away with a new set of much sought-after data skills. 

For more details on future events, and to follow Oxford Q-Step Centre on Twitter and Facebook, please visit their website.

PhD Scholarships

The MMU Q-Step Centre are offering a range of fully funded PhD Scholarships for 2016. They are looking for high quality PhD candidates to help deliver outstanding research that addresses some of the biggest challenges facing contemporary society.

Q-Step Wiki

Check out the new Q-Step Wiki which has been designed to facilitate knowledge exchange among staff and students at the 18 Q-Step Centres/Affiliates. If you have any questions please e-mail the Q-Step Wiki administrator (qstepwiki@ed.ac.uk). 

University of Sheffield's Free Online Course - Making Sense of Data in the Media

Learn how to make sense of social statistics and economic data with this introductory course on quantitative social science from the Univeristy of Sheffield. 

The University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre launches series of promotional videos 

These four fantastic Q-Step videos describe the Centre itself and the range of new Q-Step degrees (nestled in their 'video' section).

Meet Students from the MMU Q-Step Centre 

Watch videos featuring MMU Q-Step 3rd Year students discuss their experiences of undertaking a quantitative dissertation of 'real world' research with two organisations across Greater Manchester and how being a Q-Step Data Buddy has helped one student think about his future career.

MMU Q-Step Centre 'Q-Step in the Community'

MMU Q-Step staff and participating Q-Step students and host organisations recently came together on 24th March to celebrate the success of the student's research placements

Rhys Jones has published an article about Cardiff's ESRC Festival of Social Science Event - Why Quantitative Methods? 

Rhys Jones is a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods FE at the Cardiff Q-Step Centre

Cardiff Q-Step Centre launch their new Level 3 Pilot Scheme in Social Analytics - 24 September 2014

More than 50 students, parents and teachers attended the launch and here, Mr Rhys Jones, the project lead for the Level 3 Social Analytics and Q-Step Lecturer in Quantitative Methods FE, provides feedback on how the launch event went.

The University of Sheffield launches new Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) - 18th September 2014 

The SMI hosts the Sheffield Q-Step Centre, and is a newly formed, interdisciplinary institute that delivers high quality training and research related to qualitative and quantitative methods within Social Sciences. Here, we publish Sheffield's own press release along with photo's from the event.

Cardiff Q-Step Centre to develop a new and exciting level 3 qualification in Social Analytics

This new course will encompass learning outcomes of statistical thinking and analysis to explain various social phenomena such as, for example, health inequalities, differential educational attainment and achievement and the role of science and technology in society. Rhys Jones, Lecturer in Quantitative Methods FE in the Cardiff Q-Step Centre, explains more about the initiative.

University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre - Summer School 2014

The University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre team recently hosted a week long residential summer school for 50 teenagers interested in finding out more about the application of maths and statistics in the social sciences. This was held in collaboration with the charity Headstart.  Dr Alison Koslowski, the Edinburgh Q-Step Coordinator, explains more about the initiative.

Manchester Metropolitan University Q-Step Centre: Q-Step in the Community

Twelve Greater Manchester organisations have partnered with the MMU Q-Step Centre in an initiative that will see 32 MMU students conduct Quantitative Methods for a set period. Dr Julie Scott Jones, the MMU Q-Step Coordinator, explains more about the initiative.