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Dr Richard Emsley - personal details

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Dr Richard Emsley

Role: Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8002


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

Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5205




I graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Statistics in June 2003.  I 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.

I joined the staff of the Biostatistics Group and from October 2006 to September 2009 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, I 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, I spent five 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.  I was awarded an MRC Early Career Centenary Award to extend this Fellowship until April 2013.

In October 2012, I was appointed Lecturer in Biostatistics in the Centre for Biostatistics, and promoted to Senior Lecturer from August 2015.  I am 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


Committee Memberships

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

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

Vice-Chair, Royal Statistical Society Conferences and Events Board (2015 - present)

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


Other Group Memberships and Roles

Secretary of the Mental Health Research Network Methodology Research Group (2006 - 2014)

IBS representative on the Steering Committee  for the International Year of Statistics 2013 (2011 - 2014)

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

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

Associate Faculty member, Faculty 1000 (2009 - 2014)

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

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


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

PhD (2007) Medical Statistics, The University of Manchester

GradStat (2008)


Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics in the Centre for Biostatistics.

Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Biostatistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.  

Theme lead on stratified medicine in the MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research,

Lead for Trials@Manchester network 

I have previously held an MRC Early Career Centenary Award and an MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics. 


I co-lead the statistics teaching on the MRes alliance across the Faculty. I also teach on the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology.

I have 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.

I contribute to the teaching of undergraduate medical students by: supervising first and fourth year PEPs, providing statistical support to fourth year PEP students, and conducting undergraduate admissions interviews.

Short Couse and other training
I deliver short courses in causal inference and mediation analysis and lead the training workshop programme for the Centre for Biostatistics.  On request, I teach bespoke sessions on mediation analysis to clinical trial units and other University groups.