Statistical Support Services

The Statistical Support Service (StatSS) provides advice on statistical methods to help university students and staff engaged in research. The service is intended to provide low cost and non-profit statistical support for University of Newcastle researchers. 

We can assist researchers with:

  • Study designs and surveys
  • Data analysis
  • Writing up statistical results
  • Grant or project proposals
  • Seminars/Workshops/Courses in statistics for individual or School/Discipline needs

The service is open to all Newcastle University researchers including conjoint staff. See the guidelines for use before booking an appointment.

The service is heavily used and in busy periods delays of up to two to three weeks might be experienced before you can see a consultant, so please plan well in advance and make your bookings early.

The StatSS is open to all University researchers across Faculties including:

  • Staff
  • RHD students, PhD and research Masters or equivalent
  • Honours students and coursework Masters' students with projects equivalent to Honours
  • Conjoint staff

The service is not available to clients external to the University, undergraduate students and course work only Masters students. External parties can contact NewStat to obtain quotes for commercial statistical consulting work.

An appointment form needs to be completed prior to an initial appointment. Students require their supervisor's authorisation and ideally will be accompanied by their supervisor to the first meeting.

You will need to have a sufficient background in statistics to adequately communicate with the service. Ideally statistical advice should be requested at the initial planning and design stage of your project.

The service is free to all researchers from the Faculty of Science and IT. All other University researchers can use the service but have to pay full rate at $125 per hour for 2014.

In cases where payment will be required, full details of the university account to be billed and proper authorisation must be provided.

Bring to your first appointment:

  • the protocol or methodology you plan to use
  • a description of the data to be collected, or secondary data analysed
  • relevant references

When you are at the data analysis stage, remember to prepare the data for analysis as appropriate.

If you have already done some data exploration and analysis please bring this too. All original and correct data observed or obtained should be brought to the appointment.

An acknowledgement of the contribution of the StatSS consultant should be made in a thesis or publication. Where the contribution of a consultant is substantial, co-authorship should be considered.

Three free seminars are provided to all university researchers at the end of first semester each year and cover the following topics:

  • What is statistics about?
  • What method should I use?
  • How much data should I collect?

2014 presentation dates for these seminars will be Tuesdays 10.45 for 11am start to 12.45pm finish on  24th June, 1st July and 8th July.

Download the seminar series PDF for more information and registration details.

Download a copy of the 2014 seminars below

What is statistics about?  (PDF 543KB)

What method should I use?  (PDF 424KB)

How much data should I collect?  (PDF 252KB)

How to analyse my data

This 3 day course will run Tuesday to Thursday, 15th to 17th July 2014. It is aimed at RHD students, but staff can attend too. This course provides help in analysing data and reporting results. The use of statistical software packages will be illustrated using SPSS.

Download the course information and registration form

For access to free courses on the fundamentals of SAS software, email statsupport@newcastle.edu.au and ask for the free activation code to the SAS Elearning modules.