Career Pathways

Category: Career development for applied statisticians

Location: Webinar | Date: 6 April 2022

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This webinar is aimed at PhD students, and early-mid career researchers who are interested in exploring different career pathways in health-related applied statistics.  There will be talks from statisticians in different sectors discussing their careers, the challenges, milestones and highlights that can be expected in their fields, and critical advice on whether and when to specialise in either a clinical or methodological area to best succeed in each sector.

This event will be held on Zoom. Please register for this event at Career Pathways Webinar ( are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. A recording of the webinar will be made available after the event.

For further information please contact Dr Jen Lewis ( or Dr Sam Leary (


9:00-9:15 Brief introduction to NIHR Statistics Group and the NIHR Methodology Incubator

{Prof Dawn Teare and Dr Catey Bunce, NIHR Statistics Group Leads }

Session 1: Career Talks – chaired by Dr Sam Leary (Lead of Career Development Group) on behalf of

the NIHR Statistics Group

 9:15-9:30 Academic Research

Professor Steven Julious, University of Sheffield – Working as an academic statistician: a career path or a random walk

9:30:9:45 Clinical Trials Units

Professor Judith Bliss, Institute of Cancer Research – The art and science of life as a CTU Director

9:45-10:00 National Health Service

Dr Catherine Fullwood, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation

Trust – Working as a statistician in the NHS

10:00-10:10 – Break

10:10-10:25 Charity sector

Therese Lloyd, The Health Foundation

Trial and error – a not-so-straight-and-narrow career path to working for a non-profit organisation

10:25-10:40 Contract Research Organisation/Pharmaceuticals

Dr Lyn Taylor, Phastar

Pharmaceutical Statistician Choosing your own path

10:40-10:50 – Break

Session 2: Panel Discussion – chaired by Mona Kanan (Statistics Workstream) on behalf of the NIHR Methodology Incubator

10:50-11:25 Q&A session with all speakers

11:25-11:30: Thank you & close.

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