Q-Step Poster Competition

2015 Q-Step Sociology Poster Competition (closed)

In 2015, the Queen’s Q-Step Centre invited submissions for the ‘Queen’s Q-Step Sociologist of the Year’ poster competition. The competition has now ended but please check again soon for details about future competitions and awards.

Information for applicants

This competition allows you to apply the skills you have gained throughout your study of sociology using the Young Life and Times Survey (YLT). The YLT is an annual survey which asks 16 year olds in Northern Ireland about a wide range of topics such as family, identity, finance, health, education, politics and community.

First place prize of £200 and second place prize of £100

Deadline for Submissions: EXTENDED UNTIL 22 MAY 2015

What do we want you to do?

We want you to create a poster to illustrate the experiences of young people, drawing on the YLT results available online. The poster should describe the responses reported by young people in the survey and offer a brief discussion of the significance of these results. Your supporting discussion should draw on material covered in your sociology course so far.

Sociologist of the Year Poster Competition 2015

Please download the Guidelines on the list of themes and further details on what we would like you to do.

We have also created some instructions to help you access the survey results as well as a list of other resources. Please download the Resources for further help.

Who is eligible to enter?

You must be currently studying for an AS/A-Level in Sociology or Access course in Sociology in Northern Ireland. You can work individually or in groups (Please note that the prize money is awarded per entry).

How do I submit my entry?

  • Entries should be submitted in electronic format via email to qstep@qub.ac.uk
  • Please place the following text in the subject line of your email: “Q-Step Poster Competition”
  • The deadline for submissions is 5pm, 22 MAY 2015 (Extended deadline)




ESRC Festival of Social Science, November 2016

A-Level Sociology Students from Belfast Met College visited QUB as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science event "Researching young people: why their voices count", in conjunction with Q-Step.  The event included contributions from research staff in the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, the Centre for Children's Rights and ARK as well as Lecturers and PhD students from Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.

The event introduced students to the different types of research methods used in the social sciences, from focus groups through to surveys. Some students worked in small groups to create posters, using data from the Young Life and Times survey, exploring diverse topics ranging from sex education through to community relations. Other groups engaged with debates on poverty and material deprivation, drawing on the ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion survey data.

As well as other activities, students had the opportunity to learn how to analyse, interpret and present quantitative research; these skills are central to the aims and objectives of the Q-Step programme and are core to the BSc Sociology with Quantitative Methods - find out more here.

For details about our 2015 ESRC Festival of Social Science event, which focused on migration and mobility, please see here for information and download the flyer.