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MARCH 2016

The second CUQM Annual Lecture took place on Wednesday 9th March. The lecture was given by Dr Tim Leunig, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Education and was titled:

If you don't have data you're just another person with an opinion

Some photos of the event can be seen here



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SAGE logo  Congratulations to Alexander Robertson (Linguistics) who has won the CUQM/SAGE prize for best undergraduate dissertation to have used quantitative methods. Alexander's dissertation was titled:

Automatic Identification of Spelling Variation in Historical Texts

and the judges were unanimous in their decision to award the prize to Alexander. The prize consists of £50 worth of books from SAGE publishers and a £50 bookshop voucher.



SAGE logo  Congratulations to Nadia O'Shaughnessy (Politics, Magdalene College) who has won the CUQM/SAGE prize for highest mark in the 2015 SOC5 (Statistics and Methods) exam paper. Nadia has won £50 worth of books from SAGE publishers and a £50 bookshop voucher.


JUNE 2015

The University of Cambridge's research magazine, Research Horizons, has just published a new issue with a spotlight on Big Data. It contains an article on CUQM in which Dr Burchell explains how CUQM is aiming to equip Social Science undergraduates with the skills that are becoming increasingly necessary with the emergence of big data.

Issue 27 of Research Horizons can be accessed here: download


APRIL 2015

Congratulations to Sociology student Jasmine John, who has been offered a summer work placement at Shift Learning, starting July 2015.

Shift Learning provide market research for the education sector and the placement will give Jasmine some invaluable work experience and a chance to use her quantitative research skills. Well done Jasmine!


17 MARCH 2015

Brendan Burchell at Everton


Dr Brendan Burchell gave a lecture entitled “Social Science by Numbers” to a group of Year 12 students at Goodison Park (the home stadium of Everton Football Club) on March 17, 2015.

The theme of the lecture was why it was vital that some social science graduates have advanced mathematical or statistical skills in today’s world where an understanding of data is fundamental to making good decisions in both Government and Industry.

The pupils were selected by their teachers as those most academically gifted amongst their cohort and came from a range of schools across the North West of England. All of them were taking Maths A level.  

The lecture was part of a wider event organised jointly by Magdalene College, Cambridge and Everton FC to promote Higher Education.

CUQM is hoping to hold a number of similar events for talented pupils in years 11-13 in the future.  If you are a school and interested in attending such an event, please contact Casey Mein on


17th FEBRUARY 2015

The Inaugural Annual CUQM Lecture took place on Tuesday 17th February and was a great success.

The lecture was given by Professor David Spiegelhalter and was titled:

Sex by Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Sex Research


Some photos of the event can be seen here:

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