Dr Philip Ansell
Senior Lecturer and Director of Recruitment and Admissions

  • Email: phil.ansell@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6344
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 8020
  • Address: School of Mathematics and Statistics
    Herschel Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Roles and Responsibilities

  • School of Mathematics & Statistics Director of Recruitment and Admissions
  • School of Mathematics & Statistics Admissions Officer

Committee Chair 

  • School Recruitment Committee
  • University ReCap Steering Group

 Committee Membership

  • School Management Committee
  • School e-learning and IT Committee 
  • School Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Faculty Recruitment Committee
  • e-Learning and Student Information sub-committee
  • VLE Steering Group
  • Undergradu​ate Recruitmen​t Strategy Steering Group
  • University Fair Access Committee
  • Internal Subject Review Panel
  • Standing Committee for Programme Approval

External Committee Membership

  • Realising Opportunities Advisory Board 
External Examiner 
  • University of Reading

Teaching for 2013-14

  • MAS2304/3304 Foundations of Probability
  • MAS3322/8322 Applied Probability
  • PSY2010 Statistics for Experimental Psychology

 Other courses taught:

  • MAS131/231: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (Semester 2 2004-2010)
  • MAS365: Queueing systems (Semester 2 2001-2004)
  • MAS233/633: Statistical Methods (Semester 1 2003-2004)
  • MAS234/634: Applied Probability (Semester 2 2001-2003)
  • MAS237/637: Networks and Decision Making (Semester 1 2001-02)
  • MAS238/638: Quality Management (Semester 2 2000-01)

Recent MMathStat project students:

  • Laura Joy: Threshold policies for multiserver queueing systems, 2011
  • Gavin Whitaker: Statistical models for the prediction of football matches, 2011
  • Ben Nichols: Statistical models for the prediction of football matches, 2010
  • Robert Jardine: Statistical models for the prediction of football matches, 2009
  • Duncan Smith: Analysis of call centre data, 2005
  • Michael Wood: The design of a course in the history of statistics/probability, 2004
  • Fay Pickup: The history of statistics/probability 1654-1754, 2003
  • Daniel Wass: The repairman problem, 2003
  • Katie Barnes: Contributions to the Normal distribution, 2002
  • Mourad Ketani: Queueing systems , 2002

Research Interests

  • Stochastic optimisation
  • Queueing theory
  • Achievable region approaches to stochastic optimisation
  • Bandit problems
  • Dynamic treatment regimes
  • Analysis of sports data