Q-Step student resources

Stats Help Desk

The statistics support desk offers individual and small group sessions for students in the Social Sciences.

It offers students the opportunity to meet with a member of staff from the Q-Step Centre and discuss problems or queries they have associated with data analysis and research methods modules, as well as their individual or group research projects or papers. The Stats Help Desk offers advice on specific issues relating to data management and analysis using various statistical software packages (e.g., Excel, SPSS, STATA, R) and more general queries on methods of data analysis.

The Stats Help Desk is a unique opportunity for students to get one-to-one expert feedback to their questions. Although it primarily targets Undergraduate students, Postgraduate and Research students can also contact us.

During term times, you can book a slot here


Peer2Peer support sessions

Peer2Peer is a student-run programme offering support to undergraduates to identify and help answering their questions associated with data analysis and the core methodological modules on their Q-Step programmes. These are drop-in sessions, so there is no need to book in advance. 

Peer2Peer sessions during Term 2 of the 2019/20 academic year wil be he held in Clayden's Computational Social Science Lab (builiding 54 in the Campus Map). Days and times can be found below: 

**Please note the Peer 2 Peer sessions on Friday 7th February and Friday 20th March will take place in Peter Chalk 1.2**



Clayden Lab



Clayden Lab



Clayden Lab




**Please note the Peer 2 Peer sessions on Friday 7th February and Friday 20th March will take place in Peter Chalk 1.2**


ELE page

The Q-Step ELE page has permanently accessible materials related to the Workshops in Applied Data Analysis (past and future): Video registrations, slides, R/SPSS workbooks, and more materials. ELE also includes more general resources to aid you in your studies.

Currently matriculated University of Exeter students can browse here.


Dissertation tools

Resources to support students in writing an original dissertation with elements of quantitative data analysis. Such a dissertation is a compulsory part of each of the Q-Step BSc degrees (in Politics, Sociology or Criminology). These resources can be accessed by visiting the Q-Step ELE Page.


Methods Matter

'Methods Matter' is a video series aimed at supporting teaching and learning quantitative methods in politics. On each of these videos, a social science researcher describes step-by-step how they approached the statistical analysis in one of their seminal papers, and explains the results obtained.

Browse available videos: Exeter Q-Step Youtube channel.


Course pack (Coming soon)

A compilation of course materials including abstracts, keywords and essential commands, as well as exercises based on particular datasets for each of the Q-Step Programme’s core modules: Introduction to Social Data, and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences I & II (see also under PADA).