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Go Figure! Understanding Inequality Through Digital Data

  • Computer Lab B.03, Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9LD United Kingdom (map)
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Training Course

Free Event

The University of Edinburgh Q-Step Centre is pleased to invite school pupils who are in S5/S6 and who are studying Higher or Advanced Higher in Maths, Geography, Modern Studies or related social subject to a social statistics data analysis masterclass focusing on inequality in Scotland and beyond. Teachers are also welcome!

Programme: this afternoon session on statistical literacy at the University of Edinburgh will include an Excel lab session and fun interactive activities which will promote secondary school pupils; 1) Ability to critically evaluate statistical findings from social research; 2) Data analysis skills in Excel; 3) Understanding of social and spatial inequality; 4) Familiarity with the new Q-Step degree programmes, including the opportunity to do a summer work placement which involves quantitative analysis of digital data in a leading organisation as part of your degree; 4) Familiarity with pathways to careers which combine quantitative skills with knowledge of social issues.

Why come to our event? Understanding the determinants and consequences of inequalities in the UK and internationally is a key learning outcome in secondary schools in Scotland. This event will consolidate and complement students' understanding of how digital data might be used to inform policy and practice related to tackling inequality. The even will be delivered by academics who are using digital data to research the stark inequalities in outcomes such as life expectancy, attainment, diet or voting behaviour that are observed across places and social groups. We have a large body of staff and student ambassadors who are so enthused by what they do that they all want to be part of this event and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with local school pupils. Our event is mostly interactive, consisting mainly of hands-on lab work and group work. The event will include a poster exhibition in which our current students will showcase their placements projects. We aim to inspire a whole new group of data-minded social scientists.

Locations: the event will take place at the University of Edinburgh (main campus, venue tba). The event is free but the number of places is limited to 40 secondary school pupils and teachers due to our lab's capacity.