Research in statistics at Lancaster is focused at the interface of methodology and application. This stems from a philosophy that strong interaction with research users is imperative for the developing new statistical ideas that are of practical importance.

This philosophy has led to research that has substantive influence on the discipline of statistics, for example over 10 RSS read papers in the past two decades, as well as considerable impact on other scientific disciplines, government bodies and industry.  The 2018 QS World University Rankings reaffirmed Lancaster's Statistics and Operational Research in the top 100 places in the world for the subject, a position we have held since the rankings began in 2011.

Our research is divided into four main research areas, each with its own range of activities. Details of these areas, and a flavour of some more specific research topics are given below. We also have active links with the operational research group based in the Department of Management Science- including co-running of the STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training - and the CHICAS group from the Medical School.

We have strategic links with

as well as a range of collaborators from other scientific disciplines and from industry.

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