The Statistics Clinic offers a free statistical consulting service to all university researchers. Our clinic sessions are held fortnightly during the term and around once a month outside the term. This service is offered as a pilot scheme for the moment: we may have to modify the format, depending on experience.

2017 timetable (all sessions run from 14:00 - 15:30):

11th Jan - Garden Room, ground floor, Royal Fort House (UCard access)

25th Jan - SM3 School of Mathematics

8th Feb - SM4 School of Mathematics

22nd Feb - SM3 School of Mathematics

8th Mar - SM3 School of Mathematics

22nd Mar - SM4 School of Mathematics

5th Apr - SM3 School of Mathematics

What do we offer

We offer a free walk-in statistical consulting service to researchers in the university through our clinic. Our idea is to keep the threshold to participation as low as possible: all researchers are invited to attend, regardless of their fields. We aim to provide anything from statistical advice to new methodology development. We will also be interested in discussing potential academic collaborations and possible joint projects with our clients.

We can:

How to participate

Simply turn up at one of our drop-in sessions - there is no booking system. We will deal with all queries within the session; we do not have resources to do follow-up work after the session. Prepare for the meeting by collecting your thoughts - come prepared to give a 2 minute oral description of your scientific problem, in accessible language. Give (only) enough background to your problem to set the context of the question. Bring a laptop if you need a computer to explain the stage you have reached in your analysis, but be aware that we may not be expert in the particular software you have used. Graphs displaying the data are more useful than huge tables.

Who can participate?

All researchers in the university - research students, research and academic staff. Research students and post-docs must inform their advisers of their attendance. Sorry, we are not able to help taught-course students.

What we expect in return

We hope that sometimes our discussions might evolve into genuine scientific collaboration, but in many cases a small acknowledgement in your paper of our assistance (if there is any) will be fine.

Who are we?

Academic and research staff and research students in the Statistics group of the School of Mathematics. Our principal research interests can be found on the School website.

Do our clients find our advice helpful?

We hope so; there is some feedback at

How to contact us

You can email the address below, for example if you are unsure if your query is appropriate. However, please note that we are unable to answer scientific questions by email.

Where else can you get advice on your data problems?

If you are looking for consultation on other data related matters (not necessarily statistical) or your question is statistical, but the timeslot we offer is not suitable, it may also be worth getting in touch with 'Ask JGI' ( This is a general data science support service offered by the University through the Jean Golding Institute. The clinic and Ask JGI work closely together so if you are unsure who to turn to feel free to contact either and you will be directed to the right place.