The Q-Step Initiative

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Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Q-Step is a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information visit;

Since 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist data driven undergraduate programmes, including new courses, bespoke work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources are also shared across the higher education sector through a complementary support programme, reaching out to schools and employers.