New Cumbrian location for national statistics workshop

New Cumbrian location for national statistics workshop

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) is moving location of its celebrated R and statistics workshop to the University of Cumbria.

The course is a two-day practical techniques course aimed at postgraduate students in the animal sciences who want to learn R and refresh their knowledge of statistics.

R is open source computer software widely used by universities and other research institutions for statistical data analysis and visualisation. The course uses this software over other commercial programmes to enhance participation and employability.

The workshop is led by the University of Cumbria’s Dr. Davina Hill, a Zoology lecturer who set up the workshop five years ago.

She said, “The course is aimed at PhD students in animal science but open to any scientist in need of a refresher. Students will practise statistical analysis and modelling techniques using R but, in addition to this, they will get the opportunity to meet with other students across the UK and from other countries who work in their research field.”  

Dr. Davina Hill is Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Cumbria, with research interests in the effects of weather on dairy production and behaviour, and adaptation to climate change. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She held postdoctoral positions at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and SRUC (Edinburgh), and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Zurich.  

She currently teaches research methods and data analysis modules to undergraduates from a range of scientific backgrounds and has been developing and leading the BSAS R and statistics course since 2013.  

Places for the workshop cost £50 for student BSAS members, which includes lunch, dinner and accommodation. Book a place online, 25 available.