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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Statistics and Mathematics Consultancy Unit

The Statistics & Mathematics Consultancy Unit offers statistical and mathematical advice and analysis for all kinds of industrial, commercial, academic and institutional clients. We can also provide various short courses in statistical thinking and practice, tailored according to company requirements and the abilities of the personnel to be trained.

We particularly welcome enquiries from companies based in North-Eastern England, to support the aim of Durham University to serve the regional community.

The Statistics and Mathematics Consultancy Unit is staffed by dedicated consultancy staff and by other statisticians and mathematicians working in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. All participating staff are active researchers and lecturers and offer a very wide range of expertise in a number of fields. The Unit is an integral part of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and is thus able to draw on considerable research strengths.


The SMCU and Statistics and Probability Group have a broad range of experience of statistical methodologies and expertise

  • General statistical data analysis of all types of data

  • Prediction and forecasting

  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Spatial statistics and time series modelling - understanding and modelling data and systems which change over time and location.

  • Multivariate data analysis and data mining - analysis and exploration of large complex data sets.

  • Bayesian methods - applying Bayesian statistical methodology to complex problems.
  • Design and analysis of experiments - experimental design for studies and experiments.

  • Data collection and survey design - advice on data gathering and collection.

  • Data visualisation - presentation of data and results to aid interpretation and communicatin.

  • Statistical computing and R - data analysis, computation and programming using R.

  • Statistical training - training in statistical methodology and practice.

  • Innovation and research - developing larger projects into on-going collaborations and continuing research partnerships.


We have worked with clients across a broad range of sectors, including large international companies, public sector bodies, SMEs, and academics from a variety of disciplines.

  • Business and industry
  • Digital commerce and online marketing
  • Energy systems and networks
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Medicine and medical statistics
  • Environment and agriculture

Staff in SMCU

Jonathan Cumming, B.Sc., Ph.D., Lecturer in Statistics

Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Durham,
South Road,
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 191 334 3124
Fax: (+44) 191 334 3051

Web: Staff profile Personal webpage