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1 October 2013 - 30 September 2019

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Susan Banducci

CI/s in Exeter: Professor Alexey Bessudnov, Professor Katharine Boyd, Dr Iulia Cioroianu Dr Travis Coan, Professor Lorien Jasny

Funding awarded: £ 1,400,000 (total funding of £ 19,500,000)

Sponsor(s): Nuffield, ESRC and HEFCE

About the research

A £1.44million investment from Nuffield, ESRC and HEFCE and four new lecturers, toward advancing quantitative methods in the social sciences.

Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Exeter is one of the only 15 universities in the UK to be selected to host a Q-Step Centre.

Q-Step Centre website: