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Getting statistics advice for project work

Find out about statistics advice for students and staff working on research projects.

How MASH can help you

The Mathematics Resources Centre (MASH) provides help with any statistical problems that you might have with project work, field studies and research. This includes:

  • experimental design
  • guidance on the correct statistical test to use
  • help getting your data ready for analysis
  • help with statistical packages
  • interpretation of results

Since statistical project work is often complex, when you first work with MASH you'll be asked to make a preliminary triage appointment with one of the team. The purpose of this initial appointment is to clarify information about your project and the statistical elements with which you would like help. The appointment will result in one or more of the following:

  • Immediate information regarding your next step
  • Permission to bring some or all queries relating to your project to the MASH drop-in and the offer of the next available place in the statistics queue at a drop-in, this may be the same day
  • Where necessary, access to more specialist statistical advice with guidance on how to book this and how to get the most out of the consultation

Please note that if you attend the drop-in with a project work query, without previously attending a preliminary triage appointment, it is possible that your query will be too complex or lengthy for us to deal with. If this is the case you will be advised how to book an appointment.

You can book specialist statistics advice appointments via the specialist advice calendar. You will only be able to see appointments in this calendar if you have been given this access following a preliminary triage appointment.

Who this service is for

This service is available to all members of the University undertaking project work.

Undergraduate students working on coursework, or anyone who requires support with lecture materials, should attend the MASH drop-in.

This service is concerned with guiding and supporting learning and will not carry out statistical work, including testing, on your behalf.

Session locations

In-person appointments run in the Skills Zone. Appointments are also available online via MS Teams. Please select from the in-person or online option when you book.

If you are able to come to campus you should choose a face-to-face appointment. These are more effective and you may be able to get further advice during the face-to-face drop-in on the same day.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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