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December 2016

Q-Step event celebrates work of students

(16 December 2016)

Last month we held our annual Q-Step event, entitled Is Data Literacy the New Black? The event celebrated the work of the 49 students who were on paid internships during summer 2016. 

Following two talks about the use and abuse of data in the media, from The Times’ Megan Lucero, and Dr Emily Grossman, a public writer and broadcaster, posters by all the students were judged by Professors Ken McPhail, Vice Dean Social Responsibility, and Clive Agnew, Vice President Teaching, Learning and Students. 

Einass Bakhiet (BA Politics and Philosophy), who was placed with AudienceNet in London, won the top poster prize, with highly commended prizes awarded to Fernanda Araujo (Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)) and Kayla Shu Chee (BA Criminology). 

Nine of the students also presented their research, undertaken in their host organisation, in three minutes with just one slide. A panel of judges, including Professor Andy Westwood, Associate Vice-President for Public Affairs, selected their top choice with the prize going to Firman Hassan (PPE). The ‘audience’s favourite’ award was presented to Jim Montgomery (BA Politics and International Relations). 

Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. 

Over a five-year period from 2013, 15 universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.