As a Faculty, we are committed to providing highly quantitative social science research and education to you. We are one of three institutions in the UK to be awarded Q-Step Affiliate Status for the Department of Government, Department of Sociology and Essex Business School, to develop your quantitative skills.
With a shortage of highly-skilled quantitative social scientists in the UK, we are investing to fill this gap by providing students with the skills required to go on to have successful careers in government, business, data analysis, evaluation, impact assessment and research.
Through our Q-Step Affiliate Status, we have been awarded funding to provide bursaries for work placements to develop quantitative skills needed to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research. We can also give you a specific degree path to follow which allows you to add the qualifier 'Applied Quantitative Methods' (AQM) at the end of your degree title, which demonstrates that you have graduated with enhaced quantitative skills on yur degree transcript.
All of this helps you to gain the top quantitative jobs and have a successful career in a number of different fields when you leave Essex.
Since our first cohort of Q-Step students graduated in 2015, we have seen an annual rise in the number of students graduating with the Applied Quantitative Methods qualifier from the Department of Government, the Department of Sociology and Essex Business School. This totals 80 students since the qualifier was introduced.
Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative undergraduate social science in the UK over a six year period from 2013.
The programme was developed as a strategic response to the UK’s shortage of social science graduates with the quantitative skills to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research – skills which are essential to employers across all sectors.
Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The programme, described as one of the largest partnerships in recent times between a research council, a funding council and a private foundation, launched in the autumn of 2013 when 15 universities across the UK were invited to form a network of Q-Step Centres. The new Q-Step Affiliates have been awarded funding for student bursaries for relevant short courses and work placements.
If you'd like to know more about Q-Step, contact:
Department of Sociology: Professor Nick Allum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Government: Dr Martin Steinwand at email@example.com
Essex Business School: Dr Cheng Yan at firstname.lastname@example.org