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The Statistics Clinic

Our Aim

The Statistical Laboratory offers a free, walk-in statistical consulting service to members of the university through our clinic. Our idea is to keep the threshold to participation as low as possible: everyone is invited to attend, regardless of their fields. Our services range from statistical advice to new methodology development. We will also be very interested in discussing potential academic collaborations and possible joint projects with our clients.

Our Services

Our clinic operate on an informal work-in system, so no advance appointment is needed. But it is often helpful if you can bring your data with you. You may arrive any time during our open hours (but preferrably earlier if you want to have a more thorough discussion with our helpers). Clients are served in order of their arrival on the clinic day. We will match returning clients to a helper they have spoken before if possible. If you know your work requires expertise knowledge in a particular area of statistics, please also let us know and we will accommodate your need as best as we can. You may find our areas of expertise here.

Here is the scope of services we provide:


  • Help our clients understand how to formulate their problems in a more precise and abstract way.
  • Point our clients to books, papers and software packages that might help them with their work.


  • Apply appropriate statistical tools to highlight the most useful information from the data.


  • Show our clients contemporary, maybe cutting edge methods that can used to understand the data better, make more precise predictions and test the hypotheses more reliably.
  • Get our clients in contact with other researchers in Cambridge and beyond, who specialise in their particular type of problem.

What we expect in return

We hope that sometimes our discussion might evolve into genuine scientific collaboration, but in many cases a small acknowledgement in your paper of our assistance will be fine.