Susan Banducci

Professor of Politics, The University of Exeter Q-Step Centre

“One supervisor said the experience made her aware of how her teaching could be immediately applied to concrete activities. This helped her to restructure her teaching materials from the perspective of a first year student.”














What type of research projects do you offer?

The projects offered were data analysis driven projects requiring students to collect, manage, analyse data related to a social science question.

What do you feel are the main benefits for students from taking part in the scheme?

There were several benefits: working with bright, hard-working students, promoting quantitative social science, making progress on research projects.

Students were able to immediately apply newly Q-Step students breaking down Brexit voting data acquired skills under the supervision of an academic mentor. One of the students, who came to us with a strong background in maths and was able to learn new notions at an impressive pace, learned how to use statistical software (Stata) and used it to process and analyse survey data on the EU referendum. He developed statistical analysis skills up to the level of a second year student, contributed to the interpretation of results and wrote a report on the findings.

Has it helped communicate your area of research to a wider public?

The placements helped us to make a link with schools we would like to work with in the future for example, Exeter Mathematics School and Exmouth Community College.

Would you recommend the scheme to others?

Yes, as long as they have well-defined activities for the students. The students are bright and learn quickly and it is very gratifying to work with them; placement providers might keep in mind that activities must be interesting and challenging for them. Thank you for the opportunity of working with these bright kids.