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Dr Richard Emsley - personal details

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Dr Richard Emsley

Role: Lecturer in Biostatistics

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8002


Centre for Biostatistics
Institute of Population Health
The University of Manchester
1.304 Jean McFarlane Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5205




Richard graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Statistics in June 2003.  He was awarded an MRC Studentship to study for a PhD in the Biostatistics Group under the supervision of Professor Graham Dunn and Professor Andrew Pickles. The PhD entitled "Statistical Models of Selection and Causation" was completed in 2007.

He joined the staff of the Biostatistics Group and from October 2006 to September 2009 he worked as a Research Associate on an MRC Methodology Grant investigating the design and methods of analysis of trials of complex interventions in mental health. 

In October 2009, Richard was appointed as a Research Fellow after being awarded a 3 year MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics to continue aspects of this research.  As part of this Award, he spent four months in 2011 as a visiting researcher at the Program on Causal Inference in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health.  He was awarded an MRC Early Career Centenary Award to extend this Fellowship until April 2013.

In October 2012, Richard became a Lecturer in Biostatistics in the new Centre for Biostatistics.  He is also Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Biostatistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Society Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Member of the International Biometric Society (IBS)

Member of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics

Member of the Society for Clinical Trials

Member of the Association for Psychological Science

Committee Memberships

Chairman, Royal Statistical Society Manchester Local Group (2009 - present)

Member, Royal Statistical Society Medical Section Committee (2013 - present)

IBS representative on the Steering Committee  for the International Year of Statistics 2013 (2011 - present)

Member, International Programme Committee for International Biometric Conference 2014 (2011 - present)

Other Group Memberships and Roles

Chair, Steering Group for UK Causal Inference Meeting (UK-CIM) (2012 - present)

Secretary of the Mental Health Research Network Methodology Research Group (2006 - present)

British and Irish Region correspondent for Biometric Bulletin (2010 - 2013)

Member of the British and Irish Region IBS Committee (2009 - 2012)

Inaugural member of the RSS Young Statisticians' Forum (2005 - 2007)

Associate Faculty member, Faculty 1000 (2009 - present)


BSc (2003) Mathematics with Statistics, Victoria University of Manchester

PhD (2007) Medical Statistics, The University of Manchester

GradStat (2008)


Richard is a Lecturer in Biostatistics in the Centre for Biostatistics.  He is a member of the MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research, and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Biostatistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.  

He has previously held an MRC Early Career Centenary Award and an MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics. 

He is currently Chair of the UK-Causal Inference Meeting Steering Group, Editor of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology and Associate Editor of Biometrics.


Richard co-leads the statistics teaching on the MRes alliance across the Faculty. He also contributes to the teaching of fourth-year undergraduate medical students, and teaches on the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology.

He has also previously lectured and been module leader on the SPSS module on the Research Methods Programme in the School of Dentistry, and taught on the MSc in Biostatistics Causal Inference module, and the Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics modules of the Masters in Public Health course.