Alice Birch

Location: London

Qualifications: MSc Global Health, MA History

I joined SQW as a Research Consultant in 2018 having previously worked in Zambia performing qualitative research around an HIV drug trial and later working for a health tech start up in London. My motivation to apply for SQW stemmed from a desire to put into practice the technical skills I had learnt during my MSc in Global Health and develop as a consultant by engaging with varied subject matter alongside expert senior colleagues.

At SQW I have worked across economic development and health and social care using both qualitative and quantitative research skills. Most recently I have taken responsibility for case studies in a project exploring the potential for Historic England to engage with social prescribing. This involved talking to a range of stakeholders including directors of national organisations as well as volunteers on the ground, and then analysing and writing up the findings into concise case studies. My technical skills have been put to work during data analysis, for example providing economic insight for Central Bedfordshire.

The best thing about being a Consultant at SQW is the pace of learning; my technical and soft skills have improved rapidly since joining due to the focus on development and through working in small, supportive teams alongside those with varied skillsets. At SQW there is an atmosphere of curiosity; junior staff are encouraged to pursue their own interests whilst capitalising on skills and strengths and developing new ones.