IOE researcher wins prestigious award
Dr John Jerrim, Lecturer in Economics and Social Statistics at QSS, has won the ESRC's first ever prize for Outstanding Early Career Impact for his research on the attainment of UK pupils compared to their peers in other countries.
See more information and a conversation with John
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These multidisciplinary seminars, open to all, showcase the work of demographers, statisticians, sociologists, psychologists and economists working in the field of education research.
Department of Quantitative Social Science
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Quantitative Social Science (QSS)
Head of Department
Professor John Micklewright
The Department of Quantitative Social Science (QSS) conducts world-leading multidisciplinary research and postgraduate teaching – and manages some of the UK's major longitudinal data resources.
We specialise in applying quantitative methods to data to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing. Staff have expertise in economics, sociology, psychology, social statistics, survey methods and data collection, mixed-methods research, and the techniques of policy evaluation. We have a thriving group of research students as well as post doctoral fellows and early career researchers.
DoQSS houses the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), an ESRC Resource Centre that manages three of Britain's internationally renowned birth cohort studies:
• 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)
• 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70)
• Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)
The cohort studies follow individuals throughout their lives. They involve multiple surveys, collecting information on education and employment, family and parenting, physical and mental health, and social attitudes.
Other research centres and projects are described on our Research pages. Our research draws on various types of data – including large administrative data sets and the birth cohorts as well as other surveys.
Our research circulates in the QSS Working Paper series and several CLS publications series, including CLS working papers – see our Publications page.
Teaching is described on our Study pages. We offer three Masters programmes, PhD training – including through an ESRC-financed Doctoral Training Centre – and short courses for professional development in research methods and in use of various data resources, including the birth cohorts.