Career development

Career development for applied statisticians

Career development for applied statisticians can be problematic. They don’t usually work in dedicated statistics units which means that training opportunities can be limited, and academic development can be difficult as there is little scope for taking leadership roles. Our Career Development Group aims to run events and provide resources for applied statisticians at various stages of their career.

Our Group’s first event was a workshop, “Applied Statisticians as Principal Investigators”, held in Bristol in March 2018; a short report can be found here.  A second event, aimed at early career researchers, was held as part of the NIHR Statistics Group annual meeting in Sheffield in June 2019.  We have also provided biographies of NIHR Statistics Group Steering Committee members as a resource for people at various stages of their career.

A mentoring scheme facilitated by the NIHR Statistics Group was launched at the annual meeting held in Sheffield in June 2019, led by Sam Leary (University of Bristol) and Jamie Sergeant (University of Manchester).  The aim was to provide support for issues such as career progression, continuing professional development, work-life balance, short-term contracts, and diversity in leadership roles, particular for isolated statisticians in applied settings.  Initial meetings of 14 mentor-mentee pairs were facilitated; if mentees wished to have further meetings with their mentor after the conference it was their responsibility to organise them.

Our main plans for 2021 are to run another Applied Statistics as Principal Investigators workshop in March (jointly with the statistics workstream of the NIHR Methodology Incubator), and run an Early Career Morning as part of the annual meeting in June, along with a new round of the mentoring scheme.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the group leaders at dawn.teare@newcastle.ac.uk

  • Group Lead: Sam Leary University of Bristol
    Group members:
  • Gordon Prescott University of Central Lancashire
  • Laura Flight University of Sheffield
  • Jen Lewis University of Sheffield
  • Janet Peacock Dartmouth College USA (Advisor) 

Section leaders

Sam Leary

Working Group Co-ordinator, Group Lead Career Development

University of Bristol

Section committee members

TBC

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