Universities of Essex, Nottingham and Southampton awarded Q-Step Affiliate status

04 February 2015

The Universities of Essex, Nottingham and Southampton have been awarded Q-Step Affiliate status in recognition of their high level of commitment to the aims of Q-Step, a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science in the UK. 

Q-Step Affiliate status has been awarded to groups of departments within each of the three universities that have developed and funded activities to improve undergraduate quantitative social science. Each of them will receive a grant to fund short courses and student bursaries until 2018. The total amount awarded is £90,000.

The Q-Step Affiliates will broaden the reach of Q-Step, which was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively skilled social science graduates. Fifteen Q-Step Centres, based at universities across the UK, are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes including new staff, courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study.

Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), although funding for the Q-Step Affiliate grants has come from the Nuffield Foundation alone.