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CUQM Annual Lecture 2018


Speaker: Branwen Jeffreys (BBC Education Editor)

Location: Bateman Auditorium | Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street | University of Cambridge | Cambridge | CB2 1TA 

Date/Time: Thursday 1 March 2018 | 17:00-18:30 | Wine Reception Follows

Lecture Synopsis: A decade ago, data journalism was an emerging discipline. It is now a core part of most major news organisations. Far from replacing the traditional craft skills of gathering information through personal testimony, data is creating a new place for intuition and anecdote as diagnostic tools for data investigations. It is driving more collaborative models as reporters work alongside statisticians and designers to interpret and visualise information. Data can help surface issues hidden in plain sight, and empower the public with information describing their locality. The increasing use of data has also been a cultural challenge for newsrooms still largely staffed by humanities graduates. And a new space has been created for conversations between journalists’ topical instincts and the longer term perspective of academic inquiry. 

All are welcome. Please register on Eventbrite here









Past events

CUQM Annual Lecture 2017

Andre Lee Lecture Poster CUQM


Speaker: Andrea Lee (Deputy Director & Lead Analyst Children, Families and Disadvantage at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Location: Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RQ.

Date/Time: Thursday 9th March, 2017, 5pm

All are welcome.












CUQM Annual Lecture 2016

CUQM Annual lecture 2016If You Don't Have Data You're Just Another Person With An Opinion

Speaker: Dr Tim Leunig (Department for Education)

Location: Mill Lane Lecture Room 7

Date/Time: Wednesday 9th March, 2016, 5pm

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Please contact Casey Mein ( for more information.

All welcome!









Faculty of Education Research Methods Workshop | 11-12 June 2015

The Faculty of Education is running a Dissertation Workshop on Thursday 11th June and Friday 12th June at Homerton College. The workshop will be very useful for any student thinking about undertaking a dissertation project in their third year.

The workshop will include two full days of sessions on a variety of different types of methods used in for empirical and library-based research dissertations. The topics to be covered are: deciding to do an empirical or library based dissertation, surveys and questionnaires, interviews, observations, experiments, ethics, international research, large data sets and a session by library staff about using the library for literature searches (necessary for the dissertation planning).

Although the workshop is being run by the Faculty of Education, students from other CUQM triposes are being invited to attend. It would be particularly useful as a rapid catch-up on research methods for students who did not take the SOC5 paper. The main focus of each session will be relevant to all students, but there will be some information in some sessions which will be specific to the Education tripos.

It is necessary to register to attend the workshop, so please email Casey Mein ( if you would like to attend.


Presentation by the UK Data Service | 29 April 2015

The UK Data Service visited the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 29th April to provide students with an introduction to the service and information on how to access the data offered by UKDS.

UK Data Service

The presentation included:

¨ Introduction to the UK Data Service

¨ Talk about secondary analysis

¨ A look at their key resources

¨ Live demonstrations of their online tools and search facilities

The presentation was filmed and students from within the University of Cambridge can access the video here:


Date: Wednesday 29th April

Time: 2pm—3:30pm

Location: Seminar Room, Dept. of Sociology, Old Cavendish Building, Free School Lane

The event was filmed, so if you were unable to attend and would like to view the video, please email the CUQM Administrator via . The slides of the presentation are also available.


The CUQM Inaugural Lecture | 17 February 2015

Spiegelhalter poster

Sex by Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Sex Research

Speaker: Professor David Spiegelhalter (University of Cambridge)

Location: Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Free School Lane

Date/Time: 17th February 2015, 5pm

The lecture was followed by a drinks reception.