Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs helped to launch UNSW's exciting new statistics consulting service, Stats Central, on Wednesday night.

80 people gathered in Colombo Theatres to hear Stats Central staff members describe the initiative, with Mathematics and Statistics PhD student, and Stats Central Consultant, Gordana Popovic as event MC.

Speakers included Senior Consultant and Manager, Dr Nancy Briggs, and Co-Director of the unit Prof. David Warton (from the School of Mathematics and Statistics), along with Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) A/Prof Grainne Moran, and Vice Chancellor Prof. Ian Jacobs.

Prof. Jacobs praised the Stats Central initiative, describing the impact of high quality statistical analysis on his own research. He said that quality statistical assistance has been crucial to the advancement of his ovarian cancer early detection research over the past three decades.

A drinks reception to celebrate the new unit was then enjoyed by attendees in Colombo foyer.


Stats Central is a statistical consulting unit established at UNSW in 2016 to provide university-wide support for staff and students during study design and analysis. It is funded through the research division with the support of the School of Mathematics and Statistics and a growing suite of partner schools to provide support for UNSW research students and staff in collaborative and consultative roles. Stats Central is currently staffed by five professionally accredited consultants with a breadth of expertise working with researchers across disciplines, and located in the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre.

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(Pictured clockwise from top: Prof. David Warton; Vice Chancellor Prof. Ian Jacobs; drinks reception)