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Essex Summer School – practical quantitative skills short course for UG students

As part of the Essex Summer School this year Joe Twyman, Head of Political and Social Research (EMEA) at YouGov  https://yougov.co.uk/people/joet/ is delivering a 2-week course (11th – 22nd July 16) to equip undergraduate students with the practical quantitative skills they will need in the future.

This course is specifically designed to allow students to develop the essential skills needed to conduct and improve their own quantitative research, to critically evaluate external quantitative data and to commission effective quantitative research in the future.  Joe will be drawing on real life survey data from the leading research agency YouGov.

For further information about the course, fees and applications process, please see the link below:


 The course comes highly recommended and Joe Twyman is always a very popular speaker. The closing date listed on the website is 1st June, however the application process will remain open until 30th June (spaces permitting).


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Tues 7th June – Data analytics in HR: past, present and future

You are invited to a Leeds Data Science Society seminar which is taking place on 7 June 2016, 5pm – 7pm.

Title: “Data analytics in HR: past, present and future”

Speaker: Professor Chris Forde, Coordinator of Q-Step, University of Leeds

Date: Tuesday 7 June

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Location: Room 1.06, Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds University Business School

Event Page: Facebook page

Outline: This session will look at the increasing use of data analytics in HR, and the opportunities and challenges that the use of data analytics in human resources creates. Can data analytics help HR become more ‘strategic’? What challenges does the rise of big data generate for data analytics in HR. In this session Chris Forde will look at the use of data analytics in HR in the past, present and future, and will explore the some of the most commonly used techniques and tools of data analytics in HR, before considering the potential and limitations of these analytical tools. This will be followed by a Q&A.

About the speaker: Chris Forde is Coordinator of the Q-Step Programme at the University of Leeds. He is Professor of Employment Studies, in the Centre of Employment Relations Innovation and Change at Leeds University Business School. Leeds Q-Step

About Leeds Data Science Society: The Leeds Data Science Society is for anyone at the University of Leeds interested in the field of “big data” and analytics. We welcome anyone from developers, to data scientists, to those who are simply curious about data science but don’t know where to start. We also welcome those at fellow universities, institutions or industries who want to work with us – we would love to hear from you at our Facebook page!


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DataFest 2016

DataFest 2016 

This Festival is now fully booked and no further registrations are being taken.

Want to know more about how to understand and use data? Keen to learn more about how it can help you in your studies and improve your job prospects?

Then DataFest 2016 is for you.

Designed for undergraduate students from the social sciences, DataFest 2016 brings together the leading experts in data analysis in the social sciences from Northern universities in a free four day summer school. Students will graduate from DataFest 2016 with a range of practical, technical and critical thinking skills that will help enhance quantitative skills and employability.

Hosted by The University of Sheffield, in collaboration with The University of Leeds, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Nottingham – the summer school aims to improve quantitative skills in social sciences graduates as part of the Q-Step programme, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE.


For more information and to register to attend see DataFest 2016.

If you have queries please contact us at smi@sheffield.ac.uk



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ESRC Festival of Social Science 9th November 2015

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Q-Step Leeds comes to LUBS for the ESRC Festival of Social Science

Forty-five year 12 pupils, from schools and colleges around Leeds and Bradford, visited Leeds University Business School on Monday 9th November, to take part in an ESRC Festival of Social Science event. Organised by the University of Leeds Q-Step Centre, the event focused on ‘Work and Employment in 21st Century Cities’.
Through a range of interactive sessions, the event explored the changing nature of work, employment, unemployment and welfare in 21st century cities. It looked at how cities such as Leeds and Bradford are shaped by changes occurring in the world of work and employment, and explored the role played by cities in shaping agendas and opportunities for work, employment and welfare support in the 21st century. A prominent theme throughout the day was on how data – quantitative, qualitative, visual and spatial – could be used to help understand contemporary changes in work, employment, unemployment and welfare.
The morning session began with a keynote address from the Co-ordinator of the Q-Step Centre, Professor Chris Forde, who is based in the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change. Pupils then broke out into groups, facilitated by Dr Andy Turner (Geography), Daisy Payne (Sociology and Social Policy), Professor Jocelyn Evans (POLIS), and Michael Millward of Abeceder Consulting, and to look at skills needs in 21st century cities; social deprivation; the experience of work; and welfare and support.
In the afternoon session, pupils participated in a Question Time Debate on work and employment, with a panel comprising Andy Turner, Michael Millward, Albert Varela (Sociology and Social Policy), Dr Susan Gaines (POLIS) and Professor Barbara Summers (LUBS).  
Read more by clicking here.

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Q-Step session at University Festival of Arts & Humanties

The Q-Step team are busy preparing a session as part of the University’s Festival of Arts and Humanities on 17th June 2016.

The session is aimed at Year 11 & 12 secondary school students and will explore dream jobs and factors that affect job satisfaction and enjoyment at work.

Using research, secondary datasets and interactive tasks, this quantitative-based session will look at measures of job satisfaction and their meaning. Pupils will consider their own work aspirations and their ideal job, and will discuss and rank aspects of these jobs that are important to them. They will then design some alternative measures of job satisfaction.

The event will take place in LIDA’s data lab where students will use secondary datasets, notably the Workplace Employment Relations Survey and the European Working Conditions Survey datasets.


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