Pint of Science Festival and 2017 Summer School Dates Announced - Q-Step Newsletter Autumn 2016

17 November 2016

Q-Step Newsletter: Autumn Term 2016/17
This is the first of our termly newsletters which will update staff and students on Q-Step news and events.
 In this newsletter
·         Welcome new students!
·         New Staff
·         Upcoming in 2016/17
     o   Pint of Science Festival
     o   Summer School 2017
     o   Student Conference
     o   pubTALK
·         Q-Step Summer School '16
Welcome new students!
The Q-Step team are very pleased to welcome our new students. We met our first cohort of stage 1 undergraduates and welcomed back some of our summer school students who are now studying one of the new '…with Quantitative Research' programmes back at the beginning of term. It was a very enjoyable beer and pizza evening and we hope to continue to see everyone at upcoming events.
New Staff
We would like to welcome Dr Florian Weiler who has joined the Q-Step team as a Lecturer in Quantitative Politics. Previous to joining the University of Kent, Dr Weiler worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bamberg (Germany). His current research focuses on international environmental problems, and on the role of interest groups for national and international policy-making processes.
Also, congratulations to Dr Robert de Vries, who is our new permanent Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology.
Upcoming in 2016/17
·         Pint of Science Festival
Pint of Science Festival.
The Pint of Science Festival is an annual event which takes place over three days in May and simultaneously in hundreds of venues across the world. The Q-Step team are proud to be part of the very first Pint of Science team for the University of Kent. It’s a great opportunity for early career researchers to share their research and to help raise the University profile; the deadline for expressions of interest has now been extended to Thursday 1st December.
There are lots of exciting plans in the works which we will hopefully be able to share with you soon but I the meantime, keep 15th to 17th May 2017 in your diaries!
·         Save the Date! Summer School 2017
Calling all first year undergraduates and post-graduate teaching assistants – the Q-Step summer school is returning in 2017! The summer school provides first years the chance to convert to "with Quantitative Research" courses, and GTAs with a fantastic two week teaching opportunity, and will run Jun 19th to Jun 30th. Applications for both students and teachers will open in the spring.
·         Student Conference
We are planning on hosting a Q-Step student conference at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. This will be a day to meet other Q-Students and members of the Q-Step team, discuss any aspects of your programme and for new students to find out about placement opportunities. There will be opportunities for current students to get involved in the day as well and as with the other upcoming events, we will share the details with you as soon as we can.
·         pubTALK
We relaunched our pubTALK series for the Autumn term in October and have had some fantastic speakers. Dr. Amir-Homayoun Javadi gave the first pubTALK where he discussed 'The pursuit of the super you…' and whether we could (and should!) make a better version of ourselves using electric brain stimulation.  In November, Richard Clarke and Rosie  Wilson from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine joined us to talk about the importance of social sciences in vaccine hesitancy.
For the last pubTALK of the term and in light of the recent Brexit and US election results, PhD candidate Josh Townsley will lead a panel discussion on whether opinion polls should still be used. Please join us at The Jolly Sailor on Thursday 1st December (7pm to 9pm) for another great evening of drinks, discussions and debates!
WATCH: Summer School '16
The inaugural Q-Step summer school, held in June, was a huge success. 26 students from across four schools completed the course, with the majority choosing to convert to one of the new Q-Step degree programmes.
Relive the experience with our 2016 Summer School video:
Please visit our website if you would like any further information on the Q-Step Centre or please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Q-Step Team

Kent Q-Step Centre, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NF
Twitter: @UniKentQstep
Tel: 01227 827716 | E-mail: qstepinfo@kent.ac.uk



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