Department of Statistics

Partnerships and programmes

The Department of Statistics has established effective partnerships with different organisations outside of the University of Auckland. On this page you can read about some of the partnerships that we have formed with external organisations.

The New Zealand Statistical Association

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The Department of Statistics has an ongoing partnership with The New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA), Associate Professor James Curran is serving as an NZSA executive. In 2011, we hosted the NZSA Conference.

In 2008 the NZSA awarded its first Statistical Computing and Graphics Award jointly to Ross Ihaka, one of our Associate Professors, and American Robert Gentleman. The award was given in recognition for their work in initiating the R Project for statistical computing.

The R Project is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is widely used and taught around the world and is being used by Ivy League Universities and even by school children.


American Statistical Association

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The American Statistical Association (ASA) is a scientific and educational society founded in
the US in 1839. It is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in America.

The ASA is involved with providing up-to-date, useful information about statistics to its 18,000 members including statisticians, quantitative scientists and other users of statistics.

Several staff members of the Department of Statistics have been appointed as Fellows of the ASA for their outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science. These include Professor Alastair Scott, Professor Chris Wild and Senior Lecturer Paul Murrell.

The American Statistical Association


Royal Statistical Society

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The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is an international organisation with members in over fifty countries worldwide. It was founded in 1834. The RSS promotes public understanding of statistics and provides professional support to statisticians and other users of statistics.

In October 2010 the RSS launched a ten-year literacy campaign in conjunction with the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) and the University of Plymouth. In recognition of World Statistics Day on 20 October 2010, the launch included a week of free statistical education days and workshops held across various locations in the UK, called “getstats week”.

Download the getstats and world statistics day flyer (PDF)

Our staff members Chris Wild, Maxine Pfannkuch and Matt Regan were invited to read papers and to engage academic and professional statisticians, researchers in statistics and teachers of statistics into discussion regarding the use of technology in statistics education.


International Association for Statistical Education

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The International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), seeks to promote, support and improve statistical education at all levels everywhere around the world. It is the international umbrella organisation for statistics education. It fosters international cooperation and stimulates discussion and research.

Professor Chris Wild from the Department of Statistics is currently the editor for the IASE website. He was formerly the editor for the International Statistical Review and Associate Editor for the Statistics Education Research Journal.

The International Association for Statistical Education