10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C264


Developing the skills demanded of a statistician beyond statistics: a case study in biostatistics


Stephanie Hubbard (UK)
Smith Ellesha (UK)


Stephanie Hubbard (United Kingdom)


Most of the posts advertised for bio/medical statisticians across all sectors in the UK now require the following skills in addition to statistical knowledge:

• Specialist knowledge in areas such as clinical trials or epidemiology

• Ability to manage and analyse large data sets

• Working knowledge of statistical analysis packages

• Ability to work effectively in a team and individually

• Ability to work under pressure

• Excellent planning and organisation skills

• Excellent communication skills including the ability to write scientific reports and deliver presentations.

Some of the methods used to develop these skills during a masters course in biostatistics will be described including online interactive questions, peer review, group work and presentations, consultancy skills workshops and statistical programming tasks.