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Q Step summer placements – student applications

Applications to Q Step Summer Placement Projects will go live on Tuesday 17th April 2018.

Please see the Q Step Summer Placement Scheme 2018 tab for information about eligibility, application process and timescales for recruitment and selection of placement students.

All research project briefs will soon be added to the 2018 Placement Projects tab.

Deadline for project applications – 5pm on Weds 9th May 2018.

Questions to Andrea Denny: a.j.denny@leeds.ac.uk

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What makes a dream job? Q-Step Leeds runs workshop on job satisfaction at Wilberforce College

What makes a dream job, and what makes people satisfied at work? These were the questions explored by a group of year 12 students at Wilberforce 6th Form College, Hull, in a recent session run at the College by the Q-Step team.

Dr Danat Valizade, Q-Step Lecturer, and Professor Chris Forde, Co-ordinator of Q-Step at Leeds ran the session, looking first at the question of what matters to people at work.

Students designed posters setting out the most important factors to them in a job. This was followed by an interactive workshop in which students looked at the Workplace Employment Relations Survey data on job satisfaction.

Students gained first-hand experience of using SPSS, and of creating graphs and charts to look at evidence on job satisfaction.

Danat_Dream Jobs workshop_Hull

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Q-Step & Leeds Data Science Society host joint event on HR Data Analytics

Q-Step and the Leeds Data Science Society ran a joint workshop on 7th June on the topic of HR Data Analytics. Attended by around 30 participants, Professor Chris Forde, Q-Step Co-ordinator at the University of Leeds presented on ‘HR data analytics: past, present and future’. The presentation and subsequent question and answer session looked at the growing interest and use of HR data analytics, and explored some of the potential and challenges that this brings for social and data scientists.

A write up of the event from the Data Science Society, and further photos from the event can be found here:


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2015 Summer research project student presents research findings

As our successful Q Step Summer research placement students prepare for their 2016 summer research placements, a former student intern, Nataliya Mykhalchenko, presents research findings from her 2015 Q Step research project at a talk at the University of Leeds.

Click here to read more: 2015 Summer intern presents research findings 3 May

Nataliya research talk 1_3rd May 16 Nataliya research talk 2_3rd May 16



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Collaboration between Q Step and Student Groups

Exciting collaborations are being planned by the Q Step Centre and two University of Leeds student groups – the Data Science Society and the Student Data Lab.

Click the links above to find out more about how they support undergraduate and postgraduate students and how you can get involved.

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Brexit – Confused? Angry? Indifferent? SSP discuss the EU Referendum

Q Step lecturer in Quantitative Methods, Dr Albert Varela, is taking part in a School of Sociology and Social Policy discuss on the EU Referendum on Wednesday18th May, 14:00 – 16:00, Mechanical Engineering Room LTA(1.33).

June 23rd 2016 may prove an important date in British and European history. On that day, all UK citizens have a vote to decide whether they would like the UK to remain in or leave the European Union. In response to popular demand, the School has organised an open discussion about the social, economic and political consequences of a possible Brexit. 

The panel will be made up of  with a variety of views on British and European politics. We invite your questions, comments, concerns and thoughts in an open and frank discussion.


Fiona Williams OBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy

Adrian Favell, Chair in Sociology and Social Theory

Austin Harrington, Reader in Sociology

Albert Varela, Lecturer in Quantitative Methods 

Book here (free)

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Epilepsy Action Research Projects

2 Exciting new research projects just added to the Summer Research Placement Scheme.

The projects will be by hosted by Epilepsy Action at their Head Office in Yeadon, Leeds.

Please click on project outlines on Summer Research Placement page for further details.

For further information about Epilepsy Action, please go to: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/

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Applications invited to 2016 Summer Research Project Placement Scheme

Applications are now invited from year 2 students on programmes in the Faculties of Arts, Environment, ESSL and LUBS to do a 1 week research methods training course followed by a 4 week PAID research project placement during the Summer break.

18 exciting research projects based at the University of Leeds and further projects to be hosted by external organisations.

For further information and to apply – go to the Summer Research Placement 2016 page

Application deadline – 5pm Wed 20th April 2016.

Enquiries to Andrea Denny – A.J.Denny@leeds.ac.uk


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