Welcome to the Department of Statistics

"Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." H.G. Wells

An introduction to data analysis

Our hugely popular MOOC is running again from 8 April. It offers a hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis, emphasising key ideas, computer skills and statistical thinking. Sign up at any time.

Rats just kept on coming

Rats have thrived since being introduced into New Zealand but a new study shows they not only spread rapidly, new arrivals kept jumping ship. Associate Professors James Russell and Rachel Fewster explain.

Join us for the 2019 Ihaka Lectures

Following on from the success of 2018, this year's theme is 'Rise of the machine learners: Statistical learning in the computational era'. The series will run from 13 March to 3 April. Find out more.

  • Meet the new Science Scholars director
    06 December 2018
    Dr Rhys Jones of the Department of Statistics has been named director of the innovative Science Scholars programme at the University of Auckland.
  • Kathleen Curtis Atrium naming ceremony
    30 November 2018
    The Faculty of Science proudly renames the plaza atrium of the Science Centre after prestigious alumna Kathleen Curtis to commemorate 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand.
  • Powered by statistics
    14 November 2018
    There’s been much talk in the media of troubles in the energy market, with the spot prices that retailers pay generators soaring to new heights. Find out what Senior Lecturer Geoff Pritchard thinks about New Zealand’s energy industry.
  • University of Auckland science research attracts major funding
    08 November 2018
    Three of 15 leading-edge research projects within the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland have attracted funding from this year’s Marsden fund. Find out more.
  • Expert advice for intending students
    01 November 2018
    Are you keen to study undergraduate statistics at the University of Auckland? If so, you may get to know Christine Miller and David Smith. They have both been the department’s undergraduate advisers for more than 20 years.
  • Equity Initiative Grant open for applications
    18 March 2019
    The Faculty of Science is seeking applications for the Equity Initiative Grant. Applications close 15 April 2019. Read more and download an application form.
  • Funded Doctoral Internships in Mumbai and Medellín
    12 February 2019
    PhD candidate Shohin Aheleroff is in Colombia building international networks and using his expertise to solve real-world industry problems. You could be too with a funded doctoral internship in Mumbai or Medellín. There are still places remaining (NZ citizens and permanent residents only).