School of Mathematics & Statistics

Staff Profile

Matthew Linsley




Currently the Director of ISRU (Industrial Statistics Research Unit) and Chair of the School of Maths & Statistics Impact Steering Committee, Matt joined the unit in 1999 after graduating from the School of Mathematics and Statistics with a Masters in Mathematics and Statistics. He has worked for business and industrial clients within the manufacturing, service and healthcare sectors, finding innovative solutions to practical problems. He has over 15 years experience in outreach activities including consultancy, organisation development, learning programmes, and placement student supervision.


- extensive experience of designing and delivering applied statistics programmes for business and industry in the UK and Europe

- the novel application of industrial statistics tools in non-manufacturing environments, including the use of Lean Six Sigma in healthcare

- coaching and mentoring in the use of statistical tools and techniques to improve operational performance in organisations across a range of sectors including manufacturing, service and healthcare

- teaching and supervision of University medical, dental, business school and chemical engineering students


Roles and Responsibilities:

Matt is the Chair of the School of Maths & Statistics Impact Steering Committee with the primary goal of identifying, developing and submitting successful Impact case studies in the next REF (2020).

Matt manages outreach projects with ISRU clients which supports Impact activity. He has a broad and diverse experience in applying applied statistics and Lean Six Sigma methodologies in manufacturing, service and healthcare environments. He provides training, coaching, consultancy and advice on the application of techniques such as Design of Experiments (DoE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Capability Analysis, Measurement Systems Analysis and statistical software packages.

Matt regularly liaises with external clients to identify their requirements, identify opportunities for collaboration and communicate technical solutions. He develops new business to support the long-term viability of the unit by attending and presenting at events & conferences, visiting local and national and developing bids and proposals.


CStat, 2014, Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
MMathStats, Masters in Mathematics and Statistics 1999, Newcastle University 

Previous Positions

Technical Manager - ISRU, Newcastle University, 2004-2007
Research Associate - ISRU, Newcastle University, 1999-2004
Research Associate Secondment - University of Technology Sydney (UTS), 2001-2002


RSS - Royal Statistical Society

ENBIS - European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics


Basic Spanish

Informal Interests

Learning languages, travelling, watching football, playing cricket, running, reading, playing the piano


MCR8002 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics

MCR8010 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning) 

MCR8016 Clinical Research Statistics

Statistics for Masters of Clinical Dentistry MClinDent

Statistics for Clinical Implant Dentistry PGDip

Statistics for Conscious Sedation PGDip

CME8013 Statistical Process Control

Improving Chemical Processes using Statistical Methodologies with Durham University

Health Education North East MRCPsych Course (Statistics and Critical Appraisal Module)