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NatCen to support three Q-Step Centres in new social science research skills initiative

03 October 2013 | Tags: Qualitative, NatCen Learning

NatCen Social Research will be hosting student placements and its research staff will be sharing their experience of some of the UK's most challenging research studies with students at three universities to support a new quantitative methods training initiative launched today.

The Q-Step initiative aims to promote a step-change in the quantitative skills of UK social science undergraduates.  The Q-Step programme is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). NatCen will be working with three of the 15 universities setting up new Q-Step Centres and offering their students workshops, career advice sessions and lectures.

NatCen will contribute to Q-Step Centres at three universities who we have a longstanding relationship with: City University London, the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University. NatCen is delighted to be involved in supporting this initiative both as a major employer of quantitative social researchers and as an organisation committed to building capability and capacity in the research sector.

Kandy Woodfield, Director of Learning said 'NatCen is committed to building capability and capacity in the social research sector. We are pleased to be working with these three universities to deliver this important initiative that will help strengthen quantitative social science in the UK.'

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For more information contact Leigh Marshall: leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk 0207 549 8506 or 0782 803 1850.