Q-Step Work Placements

As part of Q-Step, we offer a number of work placements over the summer period for our Year 2 students. Students receive a Q-Step bursary for the duration of their 4-6 week placement. The aims of the placements are to draw upon the quantitative skills the student has gained over the course of their degree and apply these in a suitable work environment.

Students have been involved in a range of activties while on placement, from producing government briefings to publishing articles online.

Image from front page of flyerGet involved - Employers

To date, we have partnered with a range of employers. Government departments and bodies include Research and Information Service at the Northern Ireland Assembly (RaISe), Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA), Department for Communities and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). We have also offered placements with the Probation Board for NI, Public Health Agency, NSPCC, Praxis Care, Ipsos Mori, Millward Brown and The Detail.

If you are an employer and would like more information about our work placement scheme, please download our flyer. Contact Dr Emma Calvert if you would like to discuss a potential student placement for Summer 2017.

Get involved - Students

You are eligible to apply if you are a Year 2 Sociology, Criminology or Social Policy student in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Details and application forms are distributed during Semester 2. The field is very strong and we are looking for students who demonstrate enthusiasm and capacity for quantitative data analysis during their Year 2 research skills training.

Example projects and activities

  • At RaISe, students were involved in a review of secondary data sources to assist with the NI Assembly Commission’s Audit of Inequalities as well as writing a research paper drawing on Census data.
  • The placement student working in the Central Survey Unit (NISRA) helped design and programme an online survey using specialist software.
  • As well as carrying out secondary data analysis of relevant surveys and contributing towards internal reports, students got the opportunity to participate in meetings and site visits as part of placements at the Department of Justice and DAERA.
  • The Detail's placement student was involved in a Freedom of Information request for crime-related statistics. Her article on the impact of childhood crime has recently been published and can be accessed here.

Stand out with Degree Plus

Degree Plus‌Students are able to use their experience towards Degree Plus accreditation (Route A). Degree Plus provides Queen's students with a vehicle for accrediting learning and skills developed through extracurricular activities. Employers are looking for graduates who can demonstrate that they have the skills needed for workplace success – the Degree Plus Award will help you do this. You will be kept informed about the requirements for Degree Plus by the Q-Step team.