2018 stories

Read about the experiences of our students who took part in a Q-Step paid summer internship. Each student's name links to a PDF of their poster with more detailed information relating to their internship.

  • Amber Quraishi (History and Sociology) spent her internship with One Manchester, analysing the success of their waste and recycling pilot.
  • Carmel Galvin (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) worked with AudienceNet to analyse immigrations opinions in the US.
  • Chloe Gornall (Linguistics) spent her internship with Lancaster University to investigate the evolution of UK dialects.
  • Cormac Hier Harron (Sociology and Philosophy) worked with Respect on an analysis of their helplines.
  • Derek Kei Sze (Sociology) spent his internship with AudienceNet, researching the causes and effects of the value gap.
  • Efea Rutlin (Politics and International Relations) spent two months improving the quality of data for the upcoming annual report at the Department for International Relations.
  • Eleanor Ferreira (Criminology) spent 8 weeks with the Home Office investigating the amount of time police spend on non-crime issues. 
  • Emily Norman (Politics and Social Anthropology) worked with YouGov on several projects, including daily polling.
  • Emma Mallett (Criminology and Quantitative Methods) worked with the College of Policing on Police Wellbeing Projects and Police Use of Force.
  • Enhui Cheng (Linguistics) spent her internship with Lancaster University to investigate the evolution of UK dialects.
  • Grace Desouza (Politics and International Relations) spent two months cataloguing and scoring international and national gender data at Open Data Watch.
  • Harriet Simmons (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) worked with YouGov on their research process.
  • Jamie Bootle (Politics and International Relations) worked at the University of Manchester, looking at changes to admission trends in the context of recent changes to education policy.
  • Jennifer Collins (Sociology) spent her internship with Manchester City Council, focusing on levels of sickness absence across their workforce.
  • Joanna Hodgkinson (Sociology) analysed completion rates for perpetrator intervention programmes and victim support services for Respect's accredited organisations. 
  • Joshua Wakeford (Politics and International Relations) carried out analysis for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the prevalence of violence against women and girls across Greater Manchester.
  • Julija Loginovic (Politics and International Relations) worked with BBC North West Tonight with a focus on data journalism.
  • Kasey Lee (Linguistics and Sociology) carried out an investigation for HMPPS into the effectiveness of supportive measures, short courses and vocational educational training courses for those in the programme.
  • Klara Valentova (Sociology & Quantitative Methods) calculated and analysed deprivation scores for the UK using the Census data at the UK Data Service.
  • Laura Brickell (Criminology) worked at a start-up company, Student Inspire Network, teaching them about the importance of data and collecting raw data to monitor and analyse in the future to help them make important business decisions.
  • Leah Millward (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) spent 8 weeks doing the research and data analysis for IPPR North’s State of the North 2018 report.
  • Lydia Sudworth (Sociology) analysed the success of the Round 3 programme that helps hard-to-reach offenders break the cycle of offending, at Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Services Co-Financing Organisation.
  • Lydia Wilson (Sociology) worked with the University of Manchester examining differences in offer making across socio-demographic and widening participation variables for applicants who applied for undergraduate courses in 2016 and 2017. 
  • Mahroz Azmat (Politics and International Relations) spent his internship quantifying the poverty premium in Greater Manchester for Greater Manchester Poverty Action.
  • Melissa Siddle (Criminology and Quantitative Methods) worked with the Department for Education, exploring the potential factors involved in how far parents are willing to travel for childcare.
  • Mia Gair (Politics and International Relations) spent ten weeks with the Inside Out Investigations team at BBC North West, helping to collect and analyse data that helped create TV programmes, online news articles and radio supplements. 
  • Otilia Vîntu (Social Anthropology and Politics) spent two months analysing longitudinal data for The Australian Institute of Family Studies, a governmental agency in Melbourne. 
  • Patrick Young (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) carried out analysis on the accuracy of the government's HIV/AIDS bilateral aid spending figures for the Human Development Department.
  • Patsy Davies (Sociology) worked with FareShare to gain a better understanding of the demographics of the people they are supporting.
  • Rabia Butt (Sociology) spent her internship with the UK Data Service, comparing the levels of deprivation across the UK.
  • Sin Wah Charlotte Wong (Politics and International Relations) spent eight weeks at the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) researching the relationship between Austerity and Public Health in Greece, Ireland, Spain and the UK.
  • Suher Sofi (Politics and International Relations) worked with the Interpreters Group in Melbourne, Australia, to understand which survey metrics have the greatest impact on purchase consideration when it comes to new product innovation.
  • Tilly McCormick (Sociology and Social Anthropology) spent her internship with GMCA analysing skills, education and employment in Greater Manchester.
  • Vitoria Valadao Spoorenberg (Politics and International Relations) explored public attitudes towards food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the Food Standards Agency.
  • Xenajean Ward (Criminology) spent her internship at the Home Office working on the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates service. 
  • Yun Chao (Criminology and Quantitative Methods) worked with Bupa's Digital and Marketing Database teams on statistical and qualitative analysis.
  • Zvi Oduba (Sociology and Quantitative Methods) completed his internship with AudienceNet, working on an independent project on smartphones and sleep.