School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Statistics

Statistics

We're committed to excellence in statistics research, and to improving the quality of statistical support for research in other fields across the university.

Overview

The group carries out world-class research in modern statistics and data science, with impact on a variety of application areas.

Research in statistics within the School covers a broad area of both applied and theoretical statistics. Particular strengths of the group are given in the research themes below.

Members of the group collaborate with a diverse range of scientists from across the University, and the group is committed to achieving impact from research with partners from industry and public bodies.

Research Themes

This broad research programme covers applied statistics and medical statistics. We provide professional support for the statistical aspects of research conducted in many parts of the university.

Local research links

Statisticians are also employed within the University in many areas such as:

Our staff engage in joint research with individuals from these and many other groups. There is a large local base of statistical expertise and a lively local group of the Royal Statistical Society.

Impact

Our research has had impact on road safety, the energy industry and medicine.

The statistics research group achieves impact beyond academia through collaborative projects with various industrial partners. Members of the group are also involved with the design, management and analysis of clinical trials. Recent projects with high impact include the following.

Road Safety

Dr Lee Fawett has worked closely with road safety practitioners in the UK, including the Tyne and Wear Accident Data Unit (TADU), North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police and Road Safety Analysis UK, in order to develop software tools for identifying road traffic accident hotspots.

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Energy Industry

A team of researchers within the group have worked with Northern Gas Networks to develop predictive models of energy demands. Northern Gas Networks use the tools they have created to forecast demand across different timescales and thereby increase efficiency.

Dr David Walshaw has developed a collaboration with Sellafield Ltd aimed at improving prediction of temperatures and wind conditions at the Sellafield site. Ventilation systems at Sellafield depend critically on these environmental factors. The model developed under this collaboration provides better predictions of these factors than previously, and has had a significant impact on operations at Sellafield

Power plant

PhD Opportunities

Statistical research in this School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics can be grouped into three research themes:

  • Bayesian methodology for complex models
  • Big data, scalability and computation
  • Biostatistics and stochastic systems biology
  • Spatial and environmental statistics

If you choose a PhD project from the areas we've suggested, please provide the titles of your top three projects and list in order of preference. Applicants are invited to apply online.

For further information, please contact the PG tutor/selector in statistics Dr Colin Gillespie.

People

Dr Phil Ansell
Senior Lecturer, DELT and Dean of Sport

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6344

Dr Peter Avery
Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7317

Dr Quentin Clairon
Research Associate

Dr Shirley Coleman
Technical Director & Principal Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7096

Dr Lee Fawcett
Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7228

Dr Colin Gillespie
Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7248

Dr Andrew Golightly
Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7312

Dr Sarah Heaps
Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3453

Dr Daniel Henderson
Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7246

Professor Robin Henderson
Professor of Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7235

Aamir Khan
Lecturer

Email:

Dr Clement Lee
Research Associate

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Matt Linsley
Industrial Statistics Research Unit (ISRU) Manager

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5750

Dr I-Kang Liu
Visiting Researcher

Professor John Matthews
Professor of Medical Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7259

David McGeeney
Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8701

Dr Tom Nye
Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5369

Professor Chris Oates
Chair in Statistics

Email:

Dr Dennis Prangle
Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7295

Dr Jian Shi
Reader in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7315

Dr Peter Sutovsky
Visiting Researcher

Dr Felipe Tagle Soler
Visiting Researcher

Dr Cristiano Villa
Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Dr David Walshaw
Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7219

Professor Darren Wilkinson
Professor of Stochastic Modelling

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7320

Dr Kevin Wilson
Lecturer in Statistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7311

Postgraduate Research Students

 

Postgraduate Research Students


PGR Students

Email: m.i.b.abdul-jalal@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8539

Email: w.a.j.al-taie@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 7286

Xi Chen
PGR - Statistics

Email: x.chen46@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8586

Tao Ding
PGR - Statistics

Matthew Edwards
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Darren Fletcher
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Maryam Kashia Garba
PGR - Statistics

Email: m.k.garba1@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8613

Naomi Hannaford
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Sophie Harbisher
PGR - Statistics

Email: s.harbisher@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8586

Hollie Johnson
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Antonia Kontaratou
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Evandro Konzen
PGR - Statistics

Email: e.konzen2@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8613

Tom Lowe
PGR - Statistics

Takuo Matsubara
PGR - Statistics

Joseph Matthews
PGR - Statistics

Email: j.matthews2@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8539

Ashleigh Mclean
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Lauren Roberts
PGR - Statistics (CDT)

Matthew Robinson
PGR - Statistics

Email: m.b.e.robinson2@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 8539