Quant GROUP Summer School, 19th - 30th June 2017

Theme: Gender and Society

Deadline to sign up: 14th April 2017

Click here to go to the sign up page.

The Quantitative Group Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Projects (GROUP) Summer School is a two week residential course, providing an introduction to quantitative methods for the social sciences. It is a pre-requisite for those wishing to transfer to a “with Quantitative Research” minor.

The course offers you a unique opportunity to boost your employability, gaining valuable quantitative skills and working alongside other students from a range of disciplines within the social sciences. The course includes a five credit module, which will appear on your transcript when you graduate, helping you to demonstrate your skills to employers.

On campus accommodation is provided for everyone taking the course, and there will be social events held throughout the fortnight.

Course Description

The Qstep Kent summer school is designed to teach a transferrable set of skills about quantitative data analysis and ways of approaching research problems that can be used in a wide variety of organisations. Completion of the summer school makes students eligible to convert their degree to a Quantitative Research minor in their second year.

  • Problem Based Learning - The course will follow what is known as a problem based learning approach. This method of teaching is designed to be as immersive and interesting as possible and is based around the idea that the best way to learn is by doing. Students will work in small, cross-disciplinary groups of around 4 or 5, on a project that they get to define within a theme. The only condition is that a quantitative approach is used with at least part of the project using an existing pre-collected dataset.
  • Substantive Lectures and Seminars – The main project work will be supplemented by substantive lectures each morning, designed to give an detailed account of the technicalities of the techniques right up to multiple regression, and seminars in the afternoon where there will be practical demonstrations and exercises using professional statistical software (such as SPSS or Stata) on specific training datasets.
  • Cross-disciplinary Groups – The summer school is open to students from four schools at Kent – Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research; Politics and International Relations; Kent Law School and Kent Business School. Project groups will, where possible, be made up of students from each of the participating schools, giving students the opportunity to share ideas with people from different academic backgrounds.
  • Transferable Skills – Beyond the applied statistical analytical techniques, you will learn about team work, project delivery and the practicalities of proper research. These are valued skills that a wide range of employers are looking for.
  • Social Opportunities - While the summer school is designed to challenge you, we also want you to have fun! We’ll be running a variety of social activities, including plenty of outdoor events to make the most of the June weather.

Book your place

Please book your place using the Kent Online store: http://store.kent.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-social-sciences/sspssr/2017-quant-group-summer-school-deposit

You will need to pay a £20 deposit, this will be refunded when you attend the course.


19th - 30th June 2017


First priority for places on the summer school is reserved for students studying the following degree programmes:

BA Sociology, BA Social Policy, BA Criminology, BA Politics and International Relations, LLB Law, BBA Business Administration.

Students NOT on these courses but studying in SSPSSR, Pol/IR, KBS or KLS, who are interested in attending the summer school should contact Joe Warriner ( j.p.warriner@kent.ac.uk ).

Students must have a first year grade average of at least 55 to attend the summer school.


The cost of the course and accomodation is £450, however we anticipate being able to provide enough funding that all eligible students can attend for free. This is dependent on numbers however, so be sure to book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All attendees pay a £20 deposit to reserve their place, this is refunded upon attendance of the course.


Self-catered on campus accommodation will be provided for the duration of the programme


For any questions or queries, please email Joe Warriner - j.p.warriner@kent.ac.uk



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