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Spring Camps

Studying a Warwick Q-Step Centre degree means that your learning continues well beyond the lecture theatre. As well as providing traditional training in specialised quantitative methods, we also provide opportunities to develop these skills collaboratively and broaden your education outside of the classroom.

Our annual Spring Camp brings students together from across the University to apply cutting-edge quantitative methods to real world problems. You will be taught by internationally-recognised academics from Warwick and other top universities, as well as non-academic professionals who are the forefront of their career in Policy and Industry. Professionally relevant, the Spring Camp is a valuable opportunity to find out more about the career trajectories that involve data analysis and enhance your employability.

Colleagues from across the social sciences, humanities and science disciplines will come together to work on methodological challenges relating to global issues, so students will be exposed to the wider university environment and have a sense of how disciplinary boundaries become blurred when working on ‘big data problems’

Dr Emma Uprichard

Director of the Warwick Q-Step Centre (2013-16)

The quantitative methods Spring Camp is a two-day event which is organised for students in their second year and takes place during the Easter vacation period at the University of Warwick.

The Spring Camps are designed to:

  • Map onto Warwick’s Global Research Priorities (GRP) themes (e.g. Cities, Food, Global Governance);
  • Embed cutting-edge quantitative methods into real world problems;
  • Enable undergraduates to have the opportunity to interact with postgraduates, to help bridge the undergraduate/postgraduate divide;
  • Provide students with a different kind of learning experience (short-term intense rather than the weekly tempo of standard modules), so students gain a taste of what real world research consultancy can be like;
  • Immerse students in applied forward-facing data challenges;
  • Provide students with practical hands-on lab-based learning;
  • Expose students to the wider University research community across the disciplines.

Students on undergraduate QM degrees are strongly encouraged to attend a spring camp at least once during their degree, Students who attend the Spring Camp will gain a certificate of attendance.



Upcoming Event

This year's annual Spring Camp on Data Journalism, organised by Dr Philippe Blanchard (Associate Professor, Warwick Politics and International Studies Department), will take place between,

Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19 May 2021. You can register:

For the Full 2-day event or for Day 1 only.

The exact timings of the programme are to be confirmed but the start and finish times will be 10:00 - 16:00 for Day 1 and 09:30 - 16:00 for Day 2.

Day 1

On Day 1 experts will give presentations on various topics related to data journalism. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end of each session.

Programme for the day

10:00-11:00 Martin Stabe: How the covid pandemic pushed us to rethink the skills for data journalism

11:00-12:00 Tijana Blagojev: Open Data and Journalism in Serbia: Developing a Public Database on Government Funding of Media

14:00-15:00 Leila Haddou: How data and tech are aiding investigative journalism

15:00-16:00 Paul Lynch: How the BBC Shared Data Unit interrogates public data


Martin Stabe, data editor at the Financial Times. Martin leads a team of data journalists, designers and coders responsible for developing new data-led digital storytelling formats. He graduated from the University of Sussex, the London School of Economics and City, University of London.

Tijana Blagojev, Programme Assistant at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Tijana is in charge of supporting free journalism and training journalists in Eastern Europe. She is an an alumna of the PAIS Master's in Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods.

Leila Haddou, freelance data trainer, former data journalism editor for The Times and Sunday Times, and investigations correspondent at The Financial Times. Leila is an LSE and City, University of London graduate.

Paul Lynch, Data Journalist in the BBC Shared Data Unit. Paul has won multiple awards for his investigations. He graduated at De Montfort University and the University of Derby.

Day 2

9.30 – 16.00

Appealing visualizations are increasingly used in media outlets, such as The Economist and The New York Times. How do we decide how to visualize information in the most effective way? What makes these visualizations so powerful or, sometimes, misleading? This workshop introduces participants to the key principles and practices of data visualization. Participants will learn how to use visual tools to present and support an argument using R (more specifically, the ggplot2 library). In doing so, participants will learn not only how to produce visualizations but also how to read them and spot flaws (whether intentional or not) that distorts information in the data.

Dr Jessica Di Salvatore (Associate Professor, Warwick Politics and International Studies Department).

The event is free to attend.

Previous Events

Find out more about our previous Spring Camps