Social Statistics academic receives One in Twenty Women in Data and Technology award

Jackie Carter, Professor of Statistical Literacy in the department of Social Statistics, has been acknowledged for her technical knowledge and experience, and her commitment to encouraging more diverse representation in the data industry.

Jackie Carter’s work is raising the profile of Social Statistics and her commitment to equality and diversity.

The One in Twenty Women in Data and Technology industry award is a recognition of the external engagement Jackie has undertaken through the data fellows internship programme she has developed for undergraduate social scientists.

25% of the 250 interns (to date) have been from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, with almost 70% being female. Jackie's book ‘Work placements, internships and applied social research’ which was published by Sage in April 2021, draws on case studies from former interns, and reflects the benefits of undertaking applied social research in the workplace.

Jackie’s work provides strong evidence that our undergraduate students benefit from rigorous statistical and quantitative research methods training in the classroom, but shows too that this can be enhanced by practising those skills in the workplace. The students are placed in public, private and voluntary sector organisations, reflecting the sorts of social research roles they could graduate into.

The work placement scheme has witnessed huge success with many former interns now working as social researchers in national government departments, think tanks, market research companies, the polling industry and data consultancies.

For more information about the work placement programme and the data fellows scheme that she has created, view the Manchester Q-step Centre website.

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