News and events

News and events

News from the Department of Statistics

2018 News

15-29.09.2018 - PACE International takes our Stats students to Fiji!

In Sept, A/Prof of Statistics, Ayse Bilgin spent 2 weeks in Fiji with our PACE students.

In collaboration with Viseisei Sai Health Centre, they applied statistical ideas & methods to assist in solving some complex health challenges Fiji is facing especially for poor communities. Together they visited a nearby village to understand the living conditions and lifestyle of iTaukei (indigenous Fijians) people.

What a great way to spend the session break, solving real-world challenges and making a difference in a part of the world with great need!

03.08.2018 - Congratulations to our student prize winners at the Faculty of Science and Engineering Awards Ceremony!

We'd like to give a big Congratulations to all our student award recipients who were recognized for their hard work & commitment to their studies throughout 2017, at the annual Faculty of Science and Engineering Awards Ceremony held on 2nd August.


For proficiency in the unit STAT170 Introductory Statistics. Awarded to:

  • Melissa Pehlivan
  • Dana Platt 

For proficiency in the unit STAT170 Introductory Statistics. Awarded to:

  • Belinda Araghi

For overall excellence in 800 level Statistics or Macquarie Registered BCA units. Awarded to:

  • Sebastiano Barbieri
  • Jibo Wang

For proficiency in the unit STAT278 Computer Simulation. Awarded to:

  • Nicholas Mangano

20.04.2018 - Outreach takes Statistics to Fiji

Fijian community leaders are being empowered to take ownership of health and social issues within their communities, with the help of a Macquarie statistician.

Gillian Heller recently visited the Viseisei Sai Health Centre in Fiji, where she conducted a data analysis workshop for staff involved in the pilot project ‘Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues’.

The team of health educators, nurses and other health professionals behind the project, visit rural villages where they conduct health education sessions and facilitate sustainable interventions which target lifestyle risk factors and promote improved public health.

As part of this work, survey and clinical data on the participants is collected.

In her workshop Gillian guided the team through issues of questionnaire design, data cleaning and integrity, and worked through the analysis of the data with them.

“The results of the data analysis told us a lot about public health and social issues in rural Fiji,” says Gillian. “Once they’ve been shared more widely, it’s hoped they will inform public policy in Fiji and the broader Pacific.”

This was Gillian’s second trip to Fiji to work with the centre, following an invitation from her hosts Dr Swaran Naidu and Professor Rajat Gyaneshwar.

“It’s tremendously satisfying playing a role in the improvement of community health in a developing country,” she says. “Working with the local people, who are so dedicated to their mission, was a great privilege.”

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17.04.2018 - Employment Opportunity in the Department of Statistics, applications close May 6

The Department of Statistics is currently seeking a suitably qualified Associate Lecturer/Lecturer (Level A/B), for a part-time (.40% FTE), two-year fixed term position, in a teaching-only role.

The Department is one of the largest University Statistics groups in Australia, with 20 academic staff. We teach across all levels, with a large first-year service teaching cohort, majors in both Statistics and Decision Science, and two postgraduate coursework programs: Master of Applied Statistics and Master of Biostatistics. The successful applicant will teach in a variety of units at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, undertake associated administration, and contribute to university service.

Applications close May 6.

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16.04.2018 - Learning and Teaching Award applications now open

This year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching awards will recognise, reward and celebrate the efforts of individuals and teams who make outstanding contributions to learning and teaching and improve the quality of student engagement, experience and outcomes. Find out more on the link.

For the Faculty of Science and Engineering 2018 Learning and Teaching Award Nomination form, click here.

You can nominate:

- lecturer, convenor, tutor, demonstrator, other support staff
- any science or engineering unit, any session in 2018

Nominate as many people as you like in each category
Nominate any time, awarded at the end of the year

13.04.2018 - 25 years of service for Prof Gillian Heller

A huge congratulations to Macquarie University staff who have been recognised for 25+ years of service at the Staff Anniversary Awards including our own Professor Gillian Heller.

13.04.2018 - BioNetwork Symposium 2018 at Macquarie University

Held at Macquarie University, this 1-day symposium was organised to foster the Macquarie University researcher community across the Faculties of Science & Engineering and Medicine & Health Sciences, with a common interest in the biosciences. The event was organised by Macquarie’s own ECRs, for anyone keen to build their career in science in academia and industry.

Professor Gillian Heller of the Department of Statistics at Macquarie University, spoke of how her trajectory in statistics has taken her to two of the most beautiful university campuses in the world.

Events in the Department of Statistics

2018 Events

  • 2018 Moyal Medal Presentation and Lecture

    2018 Moyal Medal Presentation and L

    1st Nov 2018 7:00pm

    The Moyal Medal Committee and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites you to attend the lecture and presentation of t...
  • Public Lecture by Prof Ivan Corwin from Columbia University, USA

    Public Lecture by Prof Ivan Corwin ...

    31st Oct 2018 2:00pm

    The Mahler Lecture for 2018 is to be presented by Professor Ivan Corwin, Packard Fellow at Columbia University. The Mahler Lecture...
  • Women in Maths and Stats Lunch

    Women in Maths and Stats Lunch...

    23rd Aug 2018 12:00pm

    The Women in Mathematics & Statistics committee would like to extend a lunch invite to all the women studying Mathematics and ...
  • Specialist Lecture - Professor of Statistics, Susan Murphy (Harvard University)

    Specialist Lecture - Professor of S...

    24th Aug 2018 2:00pm

    Spaces are limited so please RSVP your attendance to by August 22. Speaker: Professor Susan Murphy (Harvard...
  • WiMS Movie Night

    WiMS Movie Night...

    12th Apr 2018 6:00pm

    The Women in Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite staff and students to a movie night on Thurs! In tribute to a great M...
  • WiMS Ladies' Lunch

    WiMS Ladies' Lunch...

    19th Mar 2018 12:00pm

    The Women in Mathematics & Statistics committee would like to extend a lunch invite to all the women studying Mathematics and ...
  • Statistics: Your Ticket to Anywhere!

    Statistics: Your Ticket to Anywhere...

    21st Feb 2018 11:00am

    The purpose of this student event, "Statistics: Your Ticket to Anywhere", is to showcase the wide range of exciting careers availa...
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