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Q-Step Showcases Industry Graduates

On Friday 22nd November we welcomed back to campus a panel of Q-Step and Politics alumni who, after graduation from the University of Exeter, have gone on to excel in their chosen fields utilising their quantitative skills developed through their Q-Step education.

The event was an informal and interactive discussion in which attendees were able to ask alumni a variety of questions in a relaxed environment.  Current students were given an invaluable insight into the different ways in which they could apply their quantitative skills to a multitude of professional industries. The panel members were able to answer questions about the application processes for their roles, their day-to-day duties, and some even offered current students opportunities to shadow them in the workplace.

The Alumni came from organisations including the ONS, Kantar, YouGov, Accenture and the Devon and Cornwall Police. The diversity of our graduates really showcased how far a Q-Step degree can take you in life after university.

Dr Chris Playford, Programme Director of the MSc in Applied Social Data Science (previously MSc Policy Analytics), hosted the event, "We recently held an event where current Q-step students got the chance to talk to alumni and to hear about their current work. Events like this are a great opportunity for students to find out more about how useful their quantitative skills are. We are really grateful for the alumni taking the time to do this as it helps Q-step students understand better where their studies can take them next.”

The panel consisted of:

Valeriya Titkova, Senior Research Executive at Kantar Public (BSc Sociology)

Xena Kaur Stewardson, Modern Slavery Analyst with Devon and Cornwall Police (BSc Criminology)

Nicolò Barbagallo, Data Science Analyst at Accenture (MSc Policy Analytics)

Katie Smith, Research Executive at Kantar Public (BSc Politics and International Relations)

Kay Powell, Software Engineer at Office for National Statistics (MRES AQM in Social Sciences)

Chris Curtis, Political Research Manager at YouGov (BA Economics and Politics)