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Research overview

I have  been a half-time Professor of Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics since 2013.  My previous jobs included ten years in agricultural research at Rothamsted Experimental Station,  as well as professorships at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Queen Mary University of London.

My research falls into three main areas, as follows.

(1) Design and analysis of experiments, including complicated blocking structures, complicated treatment structures, and multi-phase experiments. Applications in agriculture, horticulture, biodiversity in ecology, clinical trials.

(2) Combinatorics, including block designs, row-column designs, neighbour-balanced designs, and association schemes.

(3) Finite group theory, in particular the role of permutation groups in the randomization of experimental designs, and the role of finite Abelian groups in the construction of factorial designs.

For more details, see my personal web page.


Academic/Professional Qualification

BA in Mathematics (1968), MA in Mathematics (1974),  University of Oxford.

Diploma in Advanced Mathematics (1970), DPhil, with thesis Finite Permutation Groups (1974), University of Oxford.

Teaching activity

I currently teach Design of Experiments.  Previously I have taught modules on Probability, other parts of Statistics, Group Theory, Association Schemes, other parts of Combinatorics.

Profile Keywords

Design of Experiments, Combinatorics

Other expertise

I have been a member of various statistical committees looking at what went wrong in various First-in-Human clinical trials where participants in the first cohort became seriously ill.

Other expertise

I was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in May 2015.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Professor Emerita, QUEEN MARY LONDON

1 Sept 2012 → …


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