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Edinburgh Q-Step Centre Hosts Festival of Social Science Event

Secondary school pupils are invited to the University of Edinburgh on 11 November 2016 to experience a typical afternoon at university and to explore how they might combine an interest in maths and social science during their studies at university.

Event for S5/S6 pupils

Using maths for social and political studies

We are pleased to invite school pupils who are in S5/S6 and who are studying Highers in Maths and Modern Studies to participate in our full and exciting Festival of Social Science event on 11 November 2016. This afternoon of interactive workshops will use fun group activities and mini-lectures to give pupils an insight into how we use maths in social and political science. We have planned a range of fantastic activities, such as: (1) using statistical literacy to look at what the media does well and what it does badly in relation to reporting on numbers; and (2) using interactive technology to compare the pupils own responses to those from large scale surveys as well as others based on a game-show format. This and more will give pupils a flavour of how they can combine an interest in social science with mathematical ability and interest.

We expect our participants to gain:

• The understanding that you can combine an interest in maths and social science during your studies at university;
• An understanding of the range of ways that numbers can be used and applied in the field of social science;
• An experience that will show pupils that applying maths to social science situations is fun, useful and interesting;
• The opportunity to meet pupils from other schools;
• A taster of a typical afternoon at the University of Edinburgh.

Why come to our event?

We have a large body of staff and student helpers who are so enthused by what they do that they all want to be part of this event and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with local school pupils. From professors, to students currently studying our undergraduate ‘with quantitative’ methods degrees, we have a committed group of individuals applying their skills and experience to make this event fantastic. Our event is entirely interactive, consisting mainly of groupwork, using the latest technology to give live online results that will be beamed across the lecture hall. We aim to inspire a whole new group of quantitative social scientists and, of course, encourage them to come and study with us at the University of Edinburgh.


To register your class, please click here. For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Gitit Kadar-Satat

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