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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 (Cancelled)

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,

Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 March 2020. 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 9:30 - 16:00 for both days.

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 (exact timings to be confirmed):

09.30 – Registration and Coffee

10.00 – Session 1: tbc

11.00 – Leila Haddou (Freelance Data Trainer): "From computer-assisted reporting to data journalism: how data and code aid modern investigative reporting"

12.00 – Lunch

13.00 – Marie Segger (The Economist): "How to tell stories with data"

14.00 – Wesley Stephenson (Senior Data Journalist, BBC): "The first 100 killings of 2019: the story of a story"

15.00 – Refreshments and Networking

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 (Assistant Professor, Warwick Politics and International Studies Department).

The event is free to attend, complementary refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Acknowledgments: We thank Tijana Blagojev, Ulf Liebe, Tom Sanderson, and Jonathan Stoneman for their support with organising this event.

Previous Events

Find out more about our previous Spring Camps





2020 Speakers

  • Leila Haddou

Freelance Data Trainer

  • Marie Segger

Data Journalist, The Economist

  • Wesley Stephenson

Senior Data Journalist, BBC

  • Dr Jessica Di Salvatore

Assistant Professor, Warwick Politics and International Studies Department