a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods (FE). He is also part of the new Cardiff Q-Step Centre announced last October.
Prior to coming to Cardiff, Rhys was a lecturer in human physiology at Birmingham City University where he was also admissions tutor for health and well-being degrees. Read below about the work Rhys will be doing at the School and why you will never find him watching The Only Way is Essex!
What will your role at SOCSI involve?
Good question! The role will involve creating a new A level in Social Analytics which encompasses statistical analysis and thinking and applying these quantitative techniques to sociological phenomena. I will also be involved in delivering the course to local schools and colleges, as well as training teachers to deliver the new qualifications within these institutions.
What is the Q-Step project about? What does it hope to achieve?
Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK; funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE. It was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates.
There are fifteen universities across the UK establishing Q-Step Centres that will support the development and delivery of specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study.
At Cardiff we hope to develop a new undergraduate degree in BSc Social Analytics, new Quantitative Methods modules, compulsory work placements for Social Analytics pathways, a residential summer school with field trips, placements in a university research environment and develop a new Joint Honours degree into a 3 + 1 Masters course.
Who or what has been the biggest inspiration/influence on your career so far?
Mrs Davies (my biology teacher from high school). She was the first person who got me interested in science and encouraged me to go to university.
Who would be your three ideal dinner guests and why?
David Attenborough – I have so many questions to ask him! And he would have so many fascinating and captivating stories to tell.
Peter Kay – always good to have a comedian at a dinner party, and he cracks me up with this one liners – “cheesecake? Cake with cheese?!” “garlic bread” . . .” bread with garlic?!” “Get the kids in it’s spitting!”
Homer Simpson – Apart from making us laugh, he would make sure there’s no left over food since I’m dead against wasting food.
If you could banish one thing to Room 101, what would it be?
Joey Essex (or anyone from the Only Way is Essex). Endorsing stupidity is encouraging our youth to be dumb where they are swapping books for fake tan. It needs to stop! Although I hear Joey Essex wants to go back to school (on Radio One this morning) – let’s hope he can stick it out to get a GCSE in something useful!
Find out more about the Cardiff Q-Step Centre at www.cardiff.ac.uk/qstep