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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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Training in quantitative methods

Since October 2012 the partnership of organisations is funding a new £19.5 million programme – called ‘Q-Step’ - designed to promote a step-change in quantitative methods training for social science undergraduates in the UK.

Over a five-year period the programme will fund the creation of 15 specialist training centres in universities in the UK. This aims to nurture social science graduates with the right skills, but also encourage more and better quantitative methods training at institutions in the long-term.  This network of 15 ‘Q-Step Centres’ will:

  • develop new courses,
  • produce new content for existing courses
  • experiment with new ways of teaching, as well as work placements and pathways to postgraduate study.

Full details of the Q-Step centres can be found on the Nuffield Foundation web-site

‘Stand Out and Be Counted’

With the British Academy and the Economic and Social Research Council, we have launched a guide aimed at students. This shows the importance of strengthening the UK’s quantitative skills base.

The guide – ‘Stand Out and Be Counted’ – illustrates how quantitative skills can broaden students’ career paths.

It contains personal stories from journalists, entrepreneurs, charity workers, lecturers, PhD candidates and civil servants. It dispels many of the myths that surround quantitative skills, and highlights their potential to be versatile, insightful, creative and fun.

Further information

For more information contact Kate Page, tel 0117 931 7299, e-mail

Page last updated 16 December 2016