Outreach Events

Beyond providing Oxford undergraduates with quantitative methods training and research opportunities, Q-Step also aims to makes quantitative social science accessible beyond the walls of the university. If you are part of an organisation interested in collaborating with us on an event, please do get in touch.

For prospective students

  • UNIQ Spring event (2017, 2018 & 2019)

    One-day event introducing UNIQ participants interested in PPE or H&P to quantitative social science with one lecture and two hands-on computer lab sessions.

  • Data session for Target Oxbrige students (2017 & 2018)

    Half-day event consisting of a lecture and applied data-lab session using voting data of the EU referendum to formulate and then test hypotheses.

For schools & teachers

  • Teachers’ Workshop "Effective Use of Data in EPQs" (2017)

    One-day workshop for teachers who supervise Extended Project Qualifications in Social Sciences.
    The aim was to help teachers  support and advise their students on the effective and appropriate use of data in their dissertations. The course introduced different ways of gathering, analysing and presenting statistics and how to use GoogleSheets and RStudio. The course was part of the Economic & Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science 4-11 November 2017. 

  • Schools’ essay competitions (2017 & 2018)

    Year 12 students were invited to write essays with up to 2000 words on the following topics: “Is Data Good for Democracy?” (2017) and “Vital Statistics. What does everyone need to know about data?” (2018).

For students of other UK universities

  • OQC Summer Institute (2016, 2017 & 2018)

    One week-long summer school programme of hands-on quantitative social science methods training, consisting of a series of lectures and data-lab sessions with world-leading teachers and researchers.

  • Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute (NUSI) (2019-)

    Since 2019, the Oxford Q-Step Centre has been partnering with Nuffield College to run a two month summer programme for undergraduate students enrolled in other UK universities. It offers an opportunity to gain exposure to social science methods training through course work and a mentored research experience. Importantly, NUSI aims to enhance diversity and inclusiveness within the social sciences at Oxford, and in UK academia more broadly.