Awards and Bursaries
A key aim of the Queen's Q-Step Centre is to increase the number of students undertaking good quality quantitative research for their final year undergraduate projects. We have made several Q-Step Awards to students undertaking research on a breadth of topics, from a comparative study of attitudes to immigration using the European Social Survey to collecting and analysing data on public perceptions on the death penalty. Other projects include investigating attitudes to mixing and segregation in NI, using the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey and the relationship between family background and educational outcomes, drawing on the Kids' Life and Times survey.
We have also supported students working in collaboration with our employer partners. For example, a recent student analysed survey data on hate crime, in partnership with the Community Safety Unit (Department of Justice). Another student worked with The Detail and requested Freedom of Information data relating to youth crime. Her research has since been published online.
Some of our Q-Step Award holders have gone on to postgraduate study at Queen's, for example, the Masters in Social Science Research and the MSc in Youth Justice (see QUB Coursefinder for more details). If you are a Year 3 Sociology, Criminology or Politics student at Queen's and are interested in undertaking quantitative research as part of your final year project, please contact Dr Emma Calvert.
We have offered a number of Q-Step bursaries for the Masters in Social Science Research, for students keen to further develop their quantitative skills. Please check the main School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work website for further information including eligibility criteria.