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Organisational unit: Research Centre

Contact information

University of Edinburgh
15 Buccleuch Place
0131 651 5561
United Kingdom
  • Phone: 0131 651 5561

Organisation profile

The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) was established in 2009 for a period of 3 years with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Scottish Funding Council (SFC).  The main aim of AQMeN was to build capacity in quantitative methods amongst social scientists in Scotland through a programme of high quality training and knowledge exchange.  During Phase I, AQMeN established a high reputation as a training and knowledge exchange provider and attracted over 1500 members with an interest in the application of quantitative methods. 

Further funding from the ESRC has been awarded to establish Phase II of AQMeN. AQMeN has developed into a Research Centre that aims to develop a dynamic and pioneering set of projects to improve our understanding of current social issues in the UK and provide policy makers and practitioners with the evidence to build a better future. The broad areas of research are: crime and victimisation; education and social stratification; and urban segmentation and inequality.  A secondary aim is to continue building capacity in the use of intermediate and advanced level quantitative methods amongst the UK social science community. 

AQMeN supports a large network of over 1500 members, from all over Scotland and beyond, who have a shared interest in quantitative methods and who wish to refresh their existing knowledge or learn a range of new skills. The Network is led by four Co-Directors from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and involves a large, multidisciplinary team of researchers from the UK and abroad.  Our training and knowledge exchange activities are aimed at a broad audience, including postgraduate students, academic staff of all levels and non-academic researchers, analysts and policy makers.  Most of our membership is currently based in Scotland, but we welcome members from across the UK, especially PhD students who are part of Doctoral Training Centres for whom our training is provided free of charge.

Over the next four years, AQMeN’s activities will include

  • A dynamic programme of research based on analysis of existing data in the areas of crime and victimisation, education and social stratification, and urban segmentation and inequality.
  • A series of quantitative methods training courses and master classes that will provide practical training on a range of methods used and developed as part of our programme of research, as well as other wider methods of analysis.
  • A series of seminars, lectures and other knowledge exchange events that will highlight the use of specific methodological approaches in various areas of academic and policy interest, particularly those included in our programme of research.  
  • Support, advice and practical assistance for users of quantitative methods in Scotland.
  • An up-to-date set of web resources which keeps people informed of our research progress and methods of data analysis and provides links to a range of helpful and supportive resources.
  • A regular newsletter updating people on forthcoming events and featuring articles on interesting individuals and their research.

Research activities & awards

  1. Meeting of the Justice Network Leaders group; advising senior criminal justice policy makers on the issue of inequality and crime.

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

  2. EUWiSTEM conference

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  3. Citation of AQMeN research in Scottish Government Commissioner for Fair Access Annual Report 2017

    Activity: External academic engagementContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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