Statistical advice for researchers

Our statistical consulting service is available for staff, students and external organisations to help with planning, implementing and analysing your research.

The University’s statistical consulting services, supported by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, is available for postgraduate students, academic and professional staff within the University and (on a limited basis) to external private and governmental organisations.

We encourage you do get in touch as early as possible in your project, to help ensure that the planned approach and study size will be appropriate for the proposed work. The consultant may also suggest ways to maximise available resources through the use of efficient study designs and appropriate data management techniques.

Students wanting assistance with their thesis or dissertation should first obtain the approval of their supervisor before requesting consultancy services.

How it works

A range of services are available, including:

  • Advice on study design
  • Data management
  • Choice and application of statistical methods
  • Data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Assistance with statistical software and programming

After you get in touch we will organise an initial session to talk through your research project and aims, what approach is most suitable and what costs and time frame may apply. Please bring Information such as written summaries of the project, the research question, proposed methodologies and even existing data where possible.


Victoria University of Wellington researchers: The initial and two follow-up consultations are offered to university staff and postgraduate students free of charge.This covers the majority of projects. For longer-term services or more substantial projects, a fee may be required, typically charged to a research grant. This may be waived where joint publication is anticipated.

External organisations: We are looking to grow our offering to external organisations. If you are interested in statistical consulting services please contact Lisa Woods.

Please note: The consulting service runs a monthly clinic at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice, Level 8, Clinical Services Building, Wellington Regional Hospital for CCDHB staff. Bookings can be made via

Find out more

Our Statistical Consultant, Dr. Lisa Woods submitted her PhD thesis on "Bayesian estimation of a phenotype network structure using reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo ”. She has a wide knowledge of important statistical techniques, as well as access to statistics colleagues in the school for more specialised problems.

Statistical Consultant
School of Mathematics and Statistics