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The Manchester Q-Step Centre

Our aims

Our aims are simple: to develop our future social science researchers and to provide University of Manchester students with a skill set highly valued by employers.

Curriculum innovation

We're offering new course units to integrate real world social data into the classroom. This will give students the chance to develop their quantitative skills to prepare them for a world of Big Data.

Introducing new courses

We're developing six new degree pathways for students wanting to specialise in applied quantitative social sciences. These pathways, on the BA Social Sciences course, will be introduced in 2015 and will provide the opportunity to move onto the MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics, with the Master’s supported by a Q-Step bursary.

Offering paid summer placements

These will enable second year students to acquire valuable real-world experience with a range of local, national and, in time, international organisations.

Supporting students

We will be running drop-in clinics, themed workshops and seminars to support students in developing their interests and skills in working with quantitative data. Guest speakers will attend to talk about the value of these skills in their professions.

School participation

Schools will be invited to ‘discover days’ both on and off campus. We’ll use these to give school students a taste of applied quantitative social science work in universities, and demonstrate the value of quantitative skills to future employment.