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:
- 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 2015.
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? | Friday 26th June 2015
- What method do I use? | Wednesday 1st July 2015
- How much data should I collect? | Wednesday 8th July 2015
2015 presentation times for these seminars will be 9.45 for 10am start to 11.45pm. The seminars will be held in VG10 (Mathematics Building).
2015 Seminar resources are available below.
How to analyse my data
This is a 3 day course. 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.
For access to free courses on the fundamentals of SAS software, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the free activation code to the SAS Elearning modules.
- For some good practice guidelines on using Excel to prepare your data for statistical analysis see
- For additional help the UCLA
consulting unit web site provides many good resources in a number of
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- courses and seminars they
have run (some with movies)
- how to run many different
types of analyses using different software packages.
- choosing a method for analysis