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Random Walk is the Oxford Q-Step Centre Blog, with entries written by a range of professionals on a range of subjects within quantitative methods.

Keep checking back for updated entries, and don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments section!
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Fantasy Frontbench Volunteers

Published: 16 March 2017

Fantasy Frontbench 

Interested in politics and digital democracy?  The not-for-profit project, Fantasy Frontbench is looking for volunteers with the following skills.

• Research
• Graphic Design
• Front-End Development
• Back-End Development
• Social Media Marketing
• Writing / Journalism
• PR & Events
• Broadcasting
• Data Journalism
• Fact-checking

To find out more, visit www.fantasyfrontbench.com and click the Volunteer link in the footer.  

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Emma Pruszewicz

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Fantasy Frontbench - Podcast

Published: 28 February 2017

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Creators of the online political game, Fantasy Frontbench, explain the motivation behind their project to use technology to get more young people engaged in politics.

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Emma Pruszewicz

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EBRD - Postgrad Internship

Published: 16 January 2017

EURO BRD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is offering an exciting summer internship for postgradudate students in the Office of the Chief Economist.

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Journalism Internships

Published: 05 January 2017

Learn how to apply your quantitative skills to journalism.   Financial Times and Google are offering exciting, two-month long internships over the summer 

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Oxford Spring School 2017

Published: 15 December 2016

Spring School

Applications are now open for the Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods 2017.  The course, for graduate students and researchers from universities across the UK and abroad, is run by the Department of Politics & International Relations, will take place from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March.   

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UK Data Service Dissertation 2017

Published: 15 December 2016

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Are you a Third Year undergraduate writing a quantitative methods dissertation for Paper 298?  Why not consider entering the prestigious UK Data Service Dissertation Competition 2017?

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Schools Data Day - can you handle numbers?

Published: 01 December 2016

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We are surrounded by statistics.  Understanding them and using them are key skills.  Oxford Q-Step Centre is launching a taster course on Saturday 1 April for Year 12 students who are applying for the PPE UNIQ Summer School 2017.

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Emma Pruszewicz

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'Fantasy Frontbench' Lecture

Published: 29 November 2016

Fantasy Frontbench

 

 

Megan Sclater and Matthew Seren Smith, founders of the online political game http://www.fantasyfrontbench.com/ talk about their motivation to get more young people involved in politics, how they used data and how to measure its impact.  Wednesday 22 February, 2 pm - 3 pm, Seminar Room C, Department of Politics & International Relations, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ.

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'Inequality by Numbers' Lecture

Published: 29 November 2016

 

Class Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, will discuss the importance of data in raising the issue of inequality, and in measuring the extent of inequality.    Dr Shaheen read PPE at St John's and is a regular commentator on social issues.  Thursday 9 February,  3pm – 4.30 pm, Lecture Theatre, Department of Politics & International Relations, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ.     

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Emma Pruszewicz

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New Q-Step Undergraduate Prospectus

Published: 24 November 2016

 

      Capture          What is Q-Step?  Where is it taught?  Which course would suit me?  What are the advantages?  How do I find out more?

 

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Q-Step 'Brexit by Numbers' Lecture - Podcast

Published: 14 November 2016

YouGov Dis United Kingdom Joe Twyman, Head of Political & Social Research at YouGov, unpicks the data of the EU Referendum, and discusses lessons for the future.

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Niels Goet

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Trumped-Up Versus Clintonesque

Published: 07 November 2016

What text analysis can teach us about the US Presidential Election.

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Words that matter: What text analysis can tell us about the third presidential debate

Published: 25 October 2016

Text analysis software highlights some intriguing differences between how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spoke in the third presidential debate.

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Is Trumpgate the Downfall of Donald Trump?

Published: 20 October 2016

Roosmarijn de Geus reflects on the history of scandals in American politics, their impact, and what this could mean for the Trump campaign.

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Emma Pruszewicz

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The Known Knowns and Known Unknowns of Peacekeeping Data

Published: 03 October 2016

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Professor Andrea Ruggeri has written two articles for a new special issue published by the International Peacekeeping journal and edited by Govinda Clayton on data about peacekeeping operations. Remco Zwetsloot, a former department MPhil IR student now at Yale, co-authored one of these articles.

 

 

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'Brexit by Numbers'

Published: 01 September 2016

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 Joe Twyman, Head of Political and Social Research at YouGov, is giving a Q-Step lecture on Friday 4 November at 4pm at the DPIR.  He will consider the post-EU Referendum upheaval in British politics, the background to the result and details of the divisions within the electorate that are highlighted in the data.  Joe Twyman is a founding director of YouGov.  As well as directing YouGov's UK General Election projects, he has co-ordinated election studies in a range of other countries, including Afghanistan.  He is a regular political commentator on TV and radio.

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Emma Pruszewicz

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Summer Reading

Published: 01 August 2016

Here are some interesting titles for those of you who'd like to read around Quantitative Methods and Big Data....

Human Face of Big Data    An Adventure in Statistics    The tiger that isnt    Hannah Fry    The Norm Chronicles Big Data

Undercover      Superfreakonomics    Data and Goliath   Big Data q  Data Visualisation  R in action

 

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Conference Invitation for Q-Step Interns

Published: 28 July 2016

Q-Step students who are taking part in an OQC-funding internship (or who completed one last year) are invited to take part in an international conference - 'Rediscovering Inequalities' - hosted by the Applied Quantitative Methods Network at the University of Edinburgh from Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 October. Students would be expected to produce and present a poster to showcase their work placement project.  Five bursaries of up to £300 towards travel and accommodation in Edinburgh will be awarded.  The deadline for applications is Monday 1 August at midnight.

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Q-Step First Year Political Essay Prize Winner 2016

Published: 14 July 2016

Alex Williams (Lincoln) has been awarded the 2016 prize for his essay on 'Does Consensus Democracy Improve Economic Outcomes?'  Judges, Professor Andy Eggers and Professor Robin Harding, made the following comment about Alex's work.

"This essay concisely develops a theoretical argument that draws on the literature on veto players, complements Lijphart's dataset with extra variables that permit an empirical assessment of the argument, and clearly presents the results with a combination of well-designed tables and figures."

Honourable mentions go to:

Harveen Judge (Keble) - "An impressive essay that compactly assesses four 'recalibrations' of Lijphart's analysis to address issues of case selection and measurement."

Lukas Leitner (LMH) - "A careful and highly thoughtful essay."

Khoo Wu Shaun  (Regent's Park) - "An essay distinguished by well-supported empirical claims and very clear presentation."

Thank you to all entrants.

 

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Q-Step Glossary

Published: 07 July 2016

Do you know your causation from your correlation?  Here are some of the most commonly used statistical terms in the Q-Step programme, which teaches social scientists how to quantify and measure ideas.  If the term you are looking for is not here, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Inaugural Summer Institute

Published: 28 June 2016

Oxford Q-Step Centre's first Summer Institute at the Department of Politics & International Relations has been a huge success.  Undergraduates from universities across the United Kingdom came to Oxford for a week-long residential course to introduce them to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. Through a series of lectures and data labs, the students learned how to use statistical modelling to back up theoretical statements.    They came away with a new set of much sought-after data skills, which they can apply to their degree courses and beyond university.     Teaching took place in the Department of Politics & International Relations, and accommodation was provided at Lady Margaret Hall.  Evenings were free for socialising and enjoying Oxford in the summer.   

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Emma Pruszewicz

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Text Analysis Masterclass - Tuesday 24 May

Published: 19 May 2016

Text as Data -- How do social scientists control what we measure using quantitative text analysis methods?  How far, and how successfully, can we quantify textual data?  

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Investigating Social Sciences - Oxford Pathways Event

Published: 03 May 2016

Oxford Q-Step Centre and Oxford Pathways have launched an exciting new opportunity for Year 11 school students to explore what Social Sciences at Oxford can offer them.  The 'Investigating Social Sciences' day is open to state school pupils from across the UK, and will take place at Exeter College, Oxford on Saturuday 16 July 2016.

 

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Q-Step Methods Essay Prize 2016

Published: 10 March 2016

First year Q-Step undergraduates ... OQC is offering a prize of £200 for the best Political Analysis essay as your end of course assessment.  It's a opportunity to display your quantitative methods skills in an original piece of work. The deadline is Tuesday 3 May Week 2 Trinity Term.  Full details are available on WebLearn   

 

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Q-Step Internship Awards

Published: 08 March 2016

Want to develop your quantitative methods skills in the work place?  Oxford's Q-Step Centre is offering Internship Awards of up to £1,500 for undergraduates via the Oxford University Internship Programme.  Demos, YouGov, Citizens' Advice West Oxfordshire and the Mount Stuart Trust on the Isle of Bute are offering exciting opportunities which are particularly relevant to first year students who have studied the Q-Step module.  Full details are available on CareerConnect . The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 13 March.  

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