Thirteen Q-Step students will begin their paid summer work placement in the next couple of months.
These competitive Q-Step placements are typically 8 weeks in length, from June to August. During the Q-Step work placement, each student undertakes a small scale project involving statistical data analysis within the host organisation. At the end of the placement the student produces an output and submits it to the host organisation. The students will be placed in government departments, charities, market research organisations and other host institutions.
Dr Gitit Kadar-Satat and Dr Alan Marshall have been awarded an Innovation Initiative Grant from the University of Edinburgh Development Trust for a project titled: ''Q-Step work placements - promoting success and planning for the future''. This project includes three aspects: a) Researching good practice in Q-Step work placements, b) Showcasing the successes of Q-Step's work placements, c) Disseminating good practice in undergraduate placements.
Three S5 students will join the Q-Step Centre this summer for a four-week Nuffield Research Placement. One of the students will be working with Dr Alice Dias-Lopes on analysing inequalities in higher education outcomes in Brazil, Chile and Colombia. A second student will be working with Dr Alan Marshall on developing demographic profiles and data for research and teaching purposes. The third student will be working with Dr Gitit Kadar-Satat on a research project titled 'How Dad-Friendly Are Our Schools?'
Undergraduate students Lindsey Flagler, Nathaniel Flemming, and Jessy Ong will be working with Q-Step lecturer Dr Alexander Janus over the summer on a research project on older people's social connectedness in the UK.