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Capacity Building for Quantitative Methods in the UK

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Robin Rice
EDINA, Univerity of Edinburgh

The Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council have jointly funded a scoping study to identify the capacity building needs for quantitative teaching and research in Scotland.  The findings of the study, along with several other studies and pilots across the UK, will be used to develop a strategy to improve the supply of quantitatively trained social science researchers. The study is being undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Edinburgh and involves a survey of both social science lecturers and researchers, and managers of information services within Scottish Universities, to identify barriers and needs.  The scoping study is being conducted against a backdrop of longstanding and widespread concern about a UK-wide deficit in quantitative skills amongst social scientists. The funders recognise the need to develop quantitative skills amongst social scientists; and that this needs to take place during the earliest stages of career development.

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