Faculty of Social Sciences

Q-Step at Nottingham

We are one of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, in recognition of our commitment to developing students' quantitative expertise.

What is the Q-Step programme?

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the ESRC and HEFCE, this national initiative is designed to help provide the next generation of social scientists with the evaluative and analytical skills required to examine data.

The UK has a shortage of graduates with the ability to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research. Yet these skills are increasingly in demand from employers across all sectors including government, business and charities. 

The Q-Step programme was developed as a strategic response to this shortage and aims to increase the number of quantitatively trained social scientists so that they can address the growing number of issues that require these skills. It also serves to offer broader training that opens up a wider range of career prospects for these graduates.

Affiliated schools

The following schools within our faculty are participating in the Q-Step Affiliate programme: Geography, Law, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy.

Each provides at least one undergraduate course with an optional 'with Quantitative Methods' pathway, which has been specially designed to equip you with a deeper understanding of data analysis:

Q-Step Affiliate

Placements and short courses

As part of the Q-Step programme, we encourage students to undertake placements to develop their quantitative skills and apply them to real-world problems.

There are also a number of extracurricular short courses, workshops and summer schools available through the national Q-Step network.

Bursaries are available for placement and extracurricular activities.

We really enjoyed having Nathan as part of the team. We gained his analytical skills in breaking down complex data which was a luxury to have, as this area of work is under resourced in the pecking order of where resources are allocated, but much needed in the digital age of data mining/analysis.

Akila Lingham, War on Want

The projects we are doing are very interesting, the staff are friendly and the programme itself is very well structured and organised. Could not ask for more.

Jack Mahoney, Politics and International Relations student


Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Nottingham
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