Research seminars and development
There are regular seminars and reading groups to engage in Workshops discussing cutting edge research topics take place throughout the year. In their first year students attend APTS (Academy for PhD Training in Statistics), or similar training programmes aimed at their research development. Seminars are open to everybody, and PhD students are particularly encouraged to take part.
The YRM (Young Researchers Meeting) takes place weekly during term time and gives students the opportunity to practice their presentations, talking about their work in a friendly environment.
Special departmental initiatives promote research and interaction in broad major areas and provide the Department's PhD students with a wide variety of academic resources, including sustained programmes of research seminars and international workshops.
Here are some of the initiatives at Warwick Statistics:
A new kind of Statistics PhD
Over the last few years we have become increasingly aware that several of our PhD students and younger academics are combining their study of methodological statistics with intensive involvement in statistical aspects of third sector activity (charities, government departments, etc). Here are a few examples: relating data-driven models to issues of food insecurity, developing statistical analysis to support supply decisions for foodbanks, crowdsourcing projects on how temperature affects plant growth and on how weather relates to pain in chronic conditions, and inference to support the London CleanAir project. Sometimes this involvement forms a major part of a PhD or research project, and sometimes it is a side-project undertaken in tandem with quite different methodological research, but in every case it is a very impressive example of statistical science used in conjunction with partners to deliver public good. We want to develop this kind of engagement as part of a new kind of Statistics PhD, running in tandem with our more classical PhD programme. Accordingly we have pulled together a proposal to support Statistics PhDs, the StatForge
initiative. It is planned that the first year of the StatForge
PhD programme will take the form of an MSc, training students both in statistical methodologies (for example, statistical machine learning, advanced Bayesian modelling, computationally intensive statistical inference) and in the important skills of statistical consultation, via a regular partner research laboratory in which students can collaborate with data owners and scientists, as well as mastering vital issues such as reproducible research, data ethics, and scientific communication and dissemination. The MSc will culminate in a project taking the form of a 4-month secondment to one of our partner organizations (for example, Barnardo’s, Amnesty International, ONS, DataKind UK, Home office, the Open Data Institute, NICE, ...). The plan is then for students to progress to PhD studies which may either grow out of the secondment activity or focus on development of some kind of statistical methodology, but which will in both cases involve continued opportunities to engage in statistical consultation to develop important practical consulting skills. We are applying for funding of this initiative as a new doctoral training centre, StatForge
, planned to commence in October 2019 (proposal selected for second-stage consideration, with funding decision due in December 2019). This will have a yearly cohort of around 10 students. However in any case we already expect to gain support from Warwick University funds in the form of two 4-year MSc/PhD studentships to commence in October 2019. You can find out more about all this by coming to our StatForge Open Day on Wednesday 24 October 2018
(lunch from 1230, programme from 1300 to 1630, common room Math Sciences building at Warwick University, register at https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/news/statforgebookingform
by Monday 15 October 2018; the first 30 applicants will be considered for a contribution to rail travel expenses by the cheapest reasonable route). You can apply to be considered as a possible StatForge
PhD student by applying through the usual web application procedure (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/postgrad/research/apply/
), making sure that you mention StatForge
prominently in your application statement of "Purpose of Study". Strong applications completed before start of Tuesday 6 November 2018 will be considered for funding using the local Warwick funds mentioned above, with decision made by end-November; these applications and subsequent applications will be carried over for further funding decisions in February and in April 2019.