Department of Statistics


  • Alain Vandal comes full circle
    31 July 2019
    Newly-appointed staff member Alain Vandal did his PhD in the Department of Statistics in the late 1990s. Twenty years later, he’s back as an Associate Professor in Biostatistics, enjoying renewing old ties and teaching the next generation of statisticians.
  • Data scientist Dr Lisa Chen returns to the Department of Statistics
    17 July 2019
    When Dr Lisa Chen was doing her PhD with the Department of Statistics between 2008 and 2012, she hardly ever heard the terms ‘data science’ and ‘data scientist’ – and didn’t apply them to herself.
  • From Wales, with love
    26 June 2019
    Charlotte never imagined that she’d end up living here in New Zealand, but that was before she met a nice Kiwi and moved over in late 2017. The UK’s loss is our gain, however – Charlotte has joined the Department of Statistics as a Lecturer.
  • Preparing for the statistics workplace | Expert tips
    20 June 2019
    What sort of workplace skills should statistics students start developing while they are at university? Professional Teaching Fellow Dr Andrew Balemi, a former head of marketing science for Colmar Brunton, shares his expertise and experience.
  • Buddy system leads to study success
    22 May 2019
    Susan Wingfield (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto) is the department's Tuākana coordinator. The Tuākana programme is a type of buddy system for Māori and Pacific students to study together, learn together, achieve together, succeed together and celebrate together.
  • One in three high-school students spend too much time on social media
    29 April 2019
    One in three New Zealand high-school students say they spend too much time on social media, according to the latest results of a nationwide survey run by the Department of Statistics.
  • Using statistics to boost the wellbeing of rangatahi Māori
    24 April 2019
    Department of Statistics lecturer Andrew Sporle is one of three people leading ambitious research that aims to boost the health and wellbeing of rangatahi Māori – young Māori.
  • Almost $1 million awarded for University of Auckland health research
    01 April 2019
    A wide range of leading-edge research projects in health, science and engineering have been awarded almost $1 million in funding from the Health Research Council’s Explorer Grant.
  • 169 islands that could help stem extinction crisis – NZ on list
    28 March 2019
    In a major international collaboration of scientists, researchers and conservationists has drawn up a list of 107 islands that could stem the extinction crisis. New Zealand has five islands on the list.
  • Dr Kate Lee uses Bayesian statistics to quantify uncertainty
    27 March 2019
    New Department of Statistics lecturer Kate Lee came to her speciality subject, Bayesian statistics, later in her academic studies, and she’s very glad she did.
  • What do mathematicians do, now machines do the maths?
    20 March 2019
    For thousands of years, calculation was the price we had to pay to do or use mathematics. That is no longer the case. Visiting Seelye Fellow, Professor Devlin, talks to Radio NZ.
  • Nearly half of Kiwi students believe climate change is an ‘urgent problem’
    14 March 2019
    Nearly half of Kiwi students taking part in a nationwide in-school census believe that climate change “is an urgent problem that needs to be managed now”.
  • Catching up with the kids | CensusAtSchool 2019
    21 February 2019
    How much time do New Zealand kids spend with digital devices? How much time do they spend doing scheduled activities outside school hours?
  • Summer scholar joins the big (data) league
    18 February 2019
    Yongshi Deng has only just completed her honours degree, but she’s already had a taste of the big league, working in the data analytics team at communications company Vodafone over summer.
  • Educator and philanthropist awarded Honorary Doctorate
    23 January 2019
    German-born scientist and education philanthropist Dr Beate Schuler will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Auckland.
  • 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.