Dr Andrew Smith

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MStats, BSc
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Statistics
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+4411732 87730

About me

As a statistics lecturer I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses of all shapes and sizes. As a statistical researcher I am interested in the development and application of statistical techniques in medicine and epidemiology.

I completed my PhD in 2011 at the University of Bristol, then secured an EPSRC-funded Brunel fellowship, both in mathematical statistics. My other postdoctoral positions were on medical statistics projects, culminating with work at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. I started as a statistics lecturer at UWE Bristol in 2015, and have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016.

My work on cumulative live-birth rates over a course of IVF treatment has informed changes to Scottish Government policy regarding NHS provision of IVF. I was named EDM Researcher of the Year in 2016. I coordinate the Applied Statistics Group's series of one-day CPD courses.

With collaborators at the University of Bristol and University of Glasgow, I have secured research funding from Wellbeing of Women (special call with the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland). I also collaborate with The Dunn Lab (Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard University).

Area of expertise

Medical statistics in observational study settings.

  • Statistical methods for life course epidemiology (specifically the structured approach, which tests hypotheses about the causal effect of an exposure measured repeatedly over the life course).
  • Prognostic modelling of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and observational assessment of best practice.
  • Cluster analysis and principal components analysis of dietary patterns.


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