Dr Rhys Christopher Jones

EdD, MSc (immunology), MSc (medical biochemistry), BSc (Hons) Biology, PGCE FE (Cardiff university, University of Glasgow, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales)

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Professional Teaching Fellow


I joined the department in 2017 and have degrees in biology, medical biochemistry, immunology, teacher training and also Education. I have held lecturing positions in Cardiff University, London South East College and Birmingham City University (BCU), teaching mostly undergraduate courses in: statistics, analytical and inorganic chemistry, microbiology, biomedical science, nutrition and organic chemistry, mathematics for science, health and wellbeing, genetics, and clinical anatomy and physiology.

Research | Current

Current research interests include:

  • Statistics education, especially across disciplines
  • Mathematical and statistical anxiety
  • Curriculum design
  • Peer learning
  • Emotional intelligence in education
  • Quasi-experimental methods in education

Teaching | Current



Postgraduate supervision

PhD supervisor - Amy Renelle (2019 - present)


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Director Science Scholars Programme (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/science/study-with-us/science-scholars-programme.html)

Course administrator STATS 10x

Stats teacher day organiser 


Areas of expertise

Curriculum design 

Statistics education research 

Experimental methods in educational research 

Cross-curricula statistics 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the New Zealand Statistical Society education committee

Member of the Royal Statistical Society UK education committee

Trustee of the Teaching Statistics Trust

Member of the British Sociological Association 

Member of the International Association for Statistics Education 

Member of the Auckland University Faculty of Science Teaching and Learning Innovation Group 

Executive member of the Auckland Mathematics Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jones, R. C. (2019). How do we change statistical and critical thinking attitudes in young people?. Numeracy, 12 (2)10.5038/1936-4660.12.2.9
  • Jones, R. C. (2019). Statistical investigation measuring intelligence and creativity. Teaching Statistics, 41 (1), 36-40. 10.1111/test.12169
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45703
  • Jones, R. C. (2018). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Journal of Mathematics and Statistical Science, 4 (10), 397-403. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45784
  • Jones, R. C. (2018). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS), Kyoto, Japan. 8 July - 13 July 2018. Looking back, looking forward. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics. Related URL.
  • Jones, R. C. (2018). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences—Abilities, student feedback and teacher observations. Journal of Mathematics and System Science, 8, 153-174. 10.17265/2159-5291/2018.06.001
  • Jones, R. C. (2016). Is more statistics good for everyone?. Paper presented at RSS International Conference for all statisticians and users of data, Manchester. 5 September - 8 September 2016. RSS-2016-Abstracts-booklet. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45484
  • Jones, R. (2016). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Paper presented at Mathematics Education Innovation conference, University of Bath, England, UK. 30 June - 2 July 2016. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45979
  • Jones, R. C. (2015). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Paper presented at RSS International Conference, Exeter. 7 September - 10 September 2015. Abstracts Booklet RSS International Conference. (pp. 31). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45708

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 3, Room 316
New Zealand

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