Q-Step

The Q-Step Funds

Kent's Q-Step Centre are offering the following funds to encourage different aspects of a quantitative culture in social sciences at the Univeristy of Kent. 

  1. Quantitative Research Training Fund (QRTF)
  2. Research Collaboration Fund (RCF)
  3. Teaching Innovation Fund (TIF)

Please find the guidance notes for each fund below and their relevant forms - the dates of the next round of applications will be updated in due course.

Completed forms should be sent directly by the Head of School or their representative via email to qstep-info@kent.ac.uk by the advertised application deadline.

Quantitative Research Training Fund

  • Purpose: To enhance the quantitative skills of members of staff
  • Eligibility: Teaching staff from SSPSSR, POL/IR, KLS and KBS.
  • Activity: The funding can be used, for example, for learning SPSS or data analysis skills, or for training courses which cover different types of data such as administrative data or particular surveys.
  • Funding: Includes cost of course, travel, food and accommodation.
  • Criteria: Staff can apply several times to this fund within the same year to continue to build of the new skills acquired. Preference will be given to staff who are new or refreshing their quantitative analysis skills and to first time applicants in any given year, and where training is likely to lead to direct outcomes in terms of teaching or research at Kent.
  • Amounts: Depending on course (annual budget of £15k); a special case has to be made for international courses.
  • Deadlines: 11th May 2015, 2nd November 2015, 7th March 2016.
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Research Collaboration Fund

  • Purpose: To enhance the quantitative skills of members of staff by working with a named mentor on a collaborative research project.
  • Eligibility: Teaching staff from SSPSSR, POL/IR, KLS and KBS.
  • Activity: A research project leading to a publication, bid or impact for which the applicant will acquire new/ additional quantitative skills.
  • Funding: The funding can be used to team up with a mentor in a participating department who will assist in the learning of quantitative skills. If there is not a suitable mentor in the participating departments at the University of Kent, then the applicant may team up with a potential mentor at any of the Eastern ARC universities (other funding may be available to facilitate travel between the institutions). The funding can be used for small teaching buy-outs, costs associated with attending training courses, travel and subsistence associated with visits to mentor’s institution, research assistance on small-scale projects, incentives for public participation in experiments and interviews, costs of transcription or data entry and the purchase of research data.
  • Criteria: The criterion for award are whether the bid is achievable, represents value for money; is original and timely; and will generate either high quality research outputs, bids or impact. Each bid will also be assessed with reference to a supporting statement made by the applicants’ Director of Research (DoR). Preference will be given to those with the lowest initial quantitative skills and to those whose proposals the greatest impact, although the fund is also open to those with higher initial skills. Projects which would have wider benefit to the participating schools and University and/or which are cross-disciplinary or inter-school are particularly encouraged. The aim is for the staff member to become confident in devising and running the analysis themselves with the assistance from the mentor but without the mentor doing some or all of the analyses.
  • Amounts: Up to £5k per award (annual budget of £16k)  
  • Duration: Up to 12 months.
  • Deadlines:11th May 2015, 2nd November 2015, 7th March 2016.
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Teaching Innovation Fund

  • Purpose: To encourage innovative ways of teaching research-related skills, integrated in substantive courses.
  • Eligibility: Teaching postgraduates and teaching staff from SSPSSR, POL/IR, KLS and KBS.
  • Activity: Projects which contribute to the wider aims of improving students’ research methods skills, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Funding: The funding can be used for equipment, buy-out and to pay for student assistants. It can also be used for visits to other institutions where similar projects have already been developed, or to invest in pilot equipment/software.
  • Criteria: The criterion for award are whether the activity is innovative (for social science teaching at Kent), and its likely contribution to student skill development if successful. Each bid will also be assessed with reference to a supporting statement made by the applicants’ Director of Learning & Teaching. Preference will be given to projects that are based on staff/student collaborations and/or curriculum innovation, and which are integrated throughout the course (including assessment).
  • Amounts: Up to £5k per annum (annual budget of £15k)
  • Duration: 12 to 24 months
  • Deadlines:11th May 2015, 2nd November 2015, 7th March 2016.
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