Quantitative methods money for LEL!

Posted on October 5, 2013 by

LEL is one of six departments in Manchester to be involved in the foundation of a new Centre for Quantitative Methods!

The Centre is funded by Q-Step, a £19.5-million-pound programme run jointly by the ESRC, HEFCE and the Nuffield Foundation. Manchester is one of fifteen universities across the country to receive this funding. Read the official announcement on the University website.

LEL already has big plans for its slice of the pie. Apart from a new lecturer in Linguistics and Quantitative Methods who will be offering new classes with a focus on quantitative skills, we’re also planning to embed quantitative skills training in several other third-year courses and, once the new lecturer has been appointed, to offer statistics surgery hours for students and workshops. The Q-Step centre will also offer many other activities that our students can take advantage of, such as a dissertation clinic and summer placements.

Our department is already known for its quantitative sociolinguistic, phonetic, and corpus-based research, and can build on its existing teaching strengths in this area (a module in Quantitative Research Methodology, developed by Wendell Kimper, is already on offer). Other departments to receive funding via the Centre, which will be located in the School of Social Sciences, are Philosophy, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Social Anthropology and Criminology.

The lectureship will be advertized soon!

Featured image: the Q-Step logo, from the Nuffield Foundation site.