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Manchester Summer School | Social Research Stream (Arts & Humanities Students) | ONS

1st July to 5th July
Are you passionate about understanding society and want the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives in the UK? If so, a career as a social researcher in the Civil Service may be for you. Join the Office for National Statistics for a 1 week summer school opportunity and get amazing experience!
This activity is brought to you in partnership with the Careers Service and Rise

This opportunity would benefit students from Arts & Humanities backgrounds.

The Government Social Research (GSR) service is the professional body within government for Civil Servants working in social and behavioural research. Government Social Researchers study and analyse various aspects of society, like people’s behaviour, opinions, and needs. This then helps the government make informed decisions.

At our Manchester office, we will be hosting a summer school for you to gain experience and learn more about what it’s like to be a social researcher in the Civil Service. The ONS is one of several government departments based in the North West where you can start your career as a social researcher.

To be eligible for this opportunity you will need to:

• Be on track to achieve a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree (in a related subject)

• The degree must contain substantial social research methods training (comprising around one third of modules taken on the course), including quantitative research methods and at least three of the following:  

• Systematic/literature reviews

• Qualitative methods

• Interpretation of data and presentation of results

• Study design 

• Hypothesis testing

• The application of ethics to research

To apply, please submit your Expression of Interest, containing the following information:

  • Your course name
  • Why you would like the opportunity to work with the ONS
  • Why you are passionate about researching society and people
  • Where you will be based between 1st and 5th July

The week will take place in a hybrid setting with three days in our central Manchester offices. You will be expected to be in the office on Monday 1st, Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th July, with the Tuesday and Thursday taking place virtually. Up to £25 per day can be reimbursed after completion of the Summer School for travel costs for the days where you are required to be in Manchester. This is there to cover the costs of public transport and proof of purchase is required. Lunch will be provided for days spent in the office. You must be able to access a laptop for the week in order to participate in the scheme.

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In A Nutshell...

  • Gain experience...from the Civil Service and learn how to prepare your applications
  • a team of up to 4 other students on their journey
  • Engage...both in person and online with this week long activity
  • opportunities and skills
  • Earn up to 150 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 01/07/24 to 05/07/24 - ONS Manchester Office
    ONS Summer School
    The summer school will be from 1st - 5th July 2024.