News Archive 2014

Gutierrez Toscano Prize 2014

The Gutierrez Toscano Prize 2014 for the best performance in the MSc in Applied Statistics was awarded jointly to Mats Stensrud and Anthony Khong.

New member of academic staff

The Department has recently welcomed a new member of academic staff - Dr Matti Vihola, Associate Professor and Fellow of Mansfield College.

Mathematics and Statistics prizes

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded prizes in the summer's undergraduate examinations:
Nicholas Chee (St Anne's College) - IBM Prize for Preliminary Examination in Mathematics
Yue Hui (Christ Church) - Department of Statistics Prize for FHS Mathematics and Statistics Part A
Xuyang Dang (Jesus College) - Gibbs Prize for FHS Mathematics and Statistics Part B
Xiaoan Shi (St Hilda's College) - Department of Statistics Prize for FHS Mathematics and Statistics Part B
Xiaoyu Lu (Lady Margaret Hall) - Gibbs Prize for FHS Mathematics and Statistics Part C
Xiaoyu Lu (Lady Margaret Hall) - Royal Statistical Society Prize for FHS Mathematics and Statistics Part C
Kathryn Twemlow (Lady Margaret Hall) - Department of Statistics Dissertation Prize

The Mathematics and Statistics undergraduate prize winners 2014
Xiaoyu LuKathryn TwemlowYue Hui
Xuyang DangXiaoan ShiNicholas Chee

DPhil Year 1 poster session

Many congratulations to Ryan Christ and Claire Marks, the joint winners of the Department’s best poster prize. Their posters were entitled ‘Selection & Disease Associations on Haplotypes: Challenges’ and ‘Antibody Modelling: CDR-H3 Structure Prediction’ respectively. Thanks to all involved for contributing to this interesting and well attended event.

Department gains green award

Green impact award








Congratulations to the Department for gaining an NUS Green Impact Bronze Award. The Department's Green Team, led by Jennie McKenzie, the Departmental Administrator, picked up the award at the University's first ceremony for Green Impact.

 This award is in recognition for our achievements in a number of areas, including promoting recycling methods, travel and cycling schemes and encouraging staff to reduce their energy usage.

The University signed up to Green Impact last year - an environmental accreditation and award scheme which helps departments improve their working environments for all, whilst gaining recognition for their efforts.  During this first successful year, 199 members of staff have formed 23 departmental teams across the University. These teams help deliver a range of sustainable initiatives - impacting over 5000 members of staff.

New members of academic staff

The Department has recently welcomed two new members of academic staff - Dr Julien Berestycki, Associate Professor and Fellow of Magdalen College, and Dr Sarah Filippi, Departmental Lecturer.

Professorship of Statistics

Congratulations to Professor Arnaud Doucet on his appointment to a Chair in Statistics in association with Hertford College.


Oxford Causal Inference Meeting - Friday 20 June

A one day Meeting will take place on 20th June to discuss research in Oxford on the subject of Causality and related topics. We expect participants working in areas as diverse as development economics, epidemiology, quantum theory, and human genetics.

An interactive map of human genetic history

Dr Simon Myers is a lead author on the paper Hellenthal, G et al. A genetic atlas of human admixture history. Science 14 February 2014, Vol. 343 no. 6172 pp. 747-75. in which an interactive map of human genetic history is revealed.  More information is available here.

New course video for Mathematics and Statistics

Learn more about the undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics degree at Oxford by having a look at our new course video.

Statistics Taster Day: What’s the significance? 27th March

A full day of Statistics exploration for students in Year 12, with workshops on different areas of Statistics and a college lunch and tour will take place on 27 March. Students will get the opportunity to explore how Statistics is used and to ask questions about the admissions process.  The event is offered free of charge, but bookings are limited to 5 per school.  [EVENT NOW FULLY BOOKED]

i-Like Workshop

An i-Like workshop 'Intractable Likelihoods' will take place on Thursday 20 March and Friday 21 March at St Anne's College.  Registration is now open.

European Research Council Consolidator Fellowships

Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Marchini and Professor Yee Whye Teh, who have both been awarded ERC Consolidator Fellowships, allowing them to focus on their research over the next five years. Jonathan's project is entitled "HIGEN: Statistical Methods for High-dimensional genetic studies" and Yee Whye's is "BigBayes: Rich, Structured and Efficient Learning of Big Bayesian Models".

New UNIQ summer school launched

A new UNIQ summer school on Mathematics: What are the chances?  will run from 19-25 July 2014.   UNIQ is a programme of free residential schools in July and August for Year 12 students currently studying at UK state schools.

New Centre for Doctoral Training announced

The new Oxford-Warwick Statistics Programme (OxWaSP) will train graduates in the theory and computational methods of modern Statistical Science for data-intensive environments. The world is facing an unprecedented demand for highly trained statistical scientists due to the explosive growth of data. The departments of Statistics at the universities of Oxford and Warwick are working together to create a new centre for doctoral training in statistics. Doctoral students will gain depth of understanding from a supervisor pool of international standing as well as a breadth of experience from partners in industry and academia.

Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science Industrial Doctorate Centre awarded continued funding by EPSRC

Congratulations to Professor Charlotte Deane on winning continued funding from the EPSRC for the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science Industrial Doctorate Centre (SABS-IDC).