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

Ihaka Lectures

In March 2017 our department inaugurated the highly successful Ihaka Lecture series - themed 'Statistical Computing in the Data Age'. Find out more and watch videos from each of the lectures.

Data to Insight MOOC

Our hugely popular MOOC is running again until 22 May. It offers a hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis, emphasising fundamental concepts and practical skills. Sign up at any time.

  • Professor James Curran takes the lead
    19 September 2017
    Professor James Curran will be Head of the Department of Statistics from next February, for a four-year term.
  • The art of teaching statistics to teenagers
    22 August 2017
    Anna Fergusson is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Statistics and is doing her PhD which explores accessible ways to introduce school students to what she calls “the modern art and science of learning from data”.
  • Protecting our coastal waters
    22 August 2017
    Auckland-born Blake Seers grew up a keen kayaker, beachgoer and coastal photographer and has just finished his PhD looking at the impacts that climate change will have on sedimentation in coastal waters.
  • Statistics inspires community engagement with conservation
    11 August 2017
    The Department of Statistics CatchIT programme is now an inspiring case study in the government's new Environmental Education for Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan