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Forbairt Ghairme & Taighde Scileanna UCD

Statistical Advice & Support for Post-doctoral Researchers

UCD Research Skills & Career Development and CSTAR, the Centre for Support and Training in Analysis and Research have engaged on a six pilot programme to offer a statistical support service for post-doctoral researchers of any discipline in the university.   This programme was developed as a result of feedback from the post-doctoral survey conducted earlier this year (June 2011).

From 1 November 2011, individual consultations can be arranged with one of CSTAR's statistical experts to discuss your requirements.  An outline of the some of the services available to post-doctoral researchers is provided below:

Have you ever wanted help in setting up your study/experiment?

  • What sample size do you need – power calculations
  • Preparing a protocol for a grant application or ethical approval
  • What the best design might be
  • How to write a statistical analysis plan
  • Designing a questionnaire

Have you ever needed advice on statistical analysis?

  • How to interpret a ‘p-value’ or confidence interval
  • How to interpret a particular statistical technique
  • What tests to use to analyse your data
  • How to prepare your data for a statistical analysis
  • Which computer package might be best to use
  • How to understand the output from a statistical package

Have you ever thought you would like advice in promulgating your research?

  • Assistance in writing up your statistical results
  • An expert to check out an analysis you have performed
  • Someone to preview the statistical aspects of a paper before you submit it
  • Someone to help you answer a reviewer’s request for a particular type of analysis

How to arrange a consultation?

Should you be interested in arranging a consultation please email  for details (please do not contact CSTAR directly).