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.
Thanks to all the staff and students at the Belfast Met for participating!