Statistical Advisory Unit (SAU)

The Statistical Advisory Unit is run by the Statistics group at the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester.

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We provide help and support on research activities in the Faculty of Science and Engineering when expertise in statistical modelling/data analysis is required.

The purpose is to enhance the research profile of the Probability and Statistics group in terms of outreach and income.

We also welcome interesting research problems from other faculties in the university and consultancy work for external organisations.

How it works

If we think we may be able to help after reviewing your request, we will contact you to arrange an initial meeting for half an hour or so to discuss the problem. If it is a straightforward case, we will be happy to give advice there and then.

Otherwise it is down to the individual adviser and yourself to come to an agreement as to the best way forward towards a solution, with help from the school's finance office if necessary when contracts and fees are involved.

Bring a Statistician on Board

Statistical support if required should be budgeted for in grant applications, like computer officer time.

It is better to include a statistician as co-investigator if new methodology needs to be developed. An adviser may or may not be prepared to spend time working on a problem that is part of an existing grant.


There will likely be a fee payable for time spent beyond the initial free consultation. It will have to be agreed by all parties before the clock starts ticking so feel free to come to us with queries. The adviser may decide to waive the fee in cases of collaborative research leading to publications as joint author and new grant applications as co-investigator. Any advice given for free will not carry any guarantee or warranties and a fee is no substitute for acknowledgement or co-authorship in publications.

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