Our Staff

Q-Step Director

Dr Jo Ferrie

Jo has been based at the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow since 2001. She completed her PhD in 2008 and has worked on over a dozen research projects all examining the barriers faced by disabled people with a focus on barriers that are socially constructed.  Jo was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Research Methods in the School of Social and Political Sciences in 2012 and developed the undergraduate Honours programme in quantitative research methods.  She is a co-convenor of the Equality and Diversity cluster of the Glasgow Human Rights Network (since 2011) and a member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission's Research Advisory Group (since 2012).  In 2013 Jo was appointed as the interim Director of Graduate Research Training for the College of Social Sciences' Graduate School and began working with the ESRC's Scottish Doctoral Training Centre on advanced training.

Q-Step Deputy Director

School of Social & Political Sciences Lecturer

Dr Niccole Pamphilis

Niccole earned her PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2012 with a focus on comparative politics and research methods.  In addition to being a lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, Niccole serves as an instructor at Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research's Summer Program in Quantitative Research Methods housed at the University of Michigan, a world leading training program.  Her past and current research has focused around government outputs and the resulting policy variation, while a new research project tracking public opinion in Greece is ongoing.

Skill set

  • Basic/Intermediate Statistics
  • Linear Regression
  • Limited and Categorical Dependent Variable Regression Count Modelling (Basic) Time Series (Basic) Survival Analysis/Duration Modelling (Basic) Scaling
  • Software: Stata (expert), R (intermediate)


Q-Step Quantitative Lecturers

School of Social and Political Sciences


Dr Thees Spreckelsen

Thees joined Glasgow’s Q-Step Centre in October 2019 as Lecturer in Research Methods. He holds a DPhil. In Sociology from the University of Oxford, Nuffield College. Previously he was a "Lecturer for Evidence-based Quantitative Methods" and "Research Fellow for Quantitative Methods" at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. Prior to that he has been lecturer in Quantitative Sociology at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and a post-doctoral research officer at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy at the at the University of Oxford. His research has focused on the labour market integration of EU migrants.

 Skill set

  • Basic Statistics
  • Research Design
  • Linear Regression
  • Multilevel Modelling
  • Quasi-experimental Methods
  • Meta-analysis/Meta-regression for systematic reviews
  • Software: R/Stata


Dr Lito Tsitsou

Lito teaches Sociology, Social Theory and Research Methods at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests revolve around the sociology of the body, sociology of culture and art, social theory and epistemology. After completing her PhD in 2012, she developed an interest in teaching methods and innovative pedagogy. She currently leads the Q-step internship scheme and is responsible for part of the Q-Step outreach and widening participation  programs. Specifically, Lito leads the summer Nuffield Research Placements program which, every year, gives the opportunity to pupils across Scotland to work as researchers in social sciences using quantitative methods and get introduced to university culture.


School of Education

Dr Joanna Wincenciak


School of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr Nema Dean

Nema graduated from the Department of Mathematics in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, with a BA (Hons) and Gold Medal in Mathematics in 2002. In summer 2006 Nema received her PhD. in Statistics from the Department of Statistics in the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Her lectureship in the Department of Statistics in the University of Glasgow began in September 2006.  Nema's research interests are in developing new clustering and classification methods. Past work has involved research on finite mixture model based methods and variations that incorporate variable selection and semi-supervised updating.


Q-Step Administrators


Ms Lesley Scott

Lesley is the Administrator for SPS Undergraduate Q-Step courses and is based in the School of Social & Political Science’s admin office; Room 210, Adam Smith Building.


Mrs Arlene Mochan

Arlene is the Administrator for all non-teaching aspects of the Q-Step Programme and is based in the School of Social & Political Science’s admin office; Room 210, Adam Smith Building.

Enquiries should be directed to the Glasgow Q-Step Centre Mailbox