Dr. Margaret Anne Hurley

Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB218

+44 (0) 1772 89 5429


Subject Areas: Statistics

Margaret Hurley has a PhD by published work and is a Chartered Statistician (CStat.) of the Royal Statistical Society with Maintained Professional Accreditation (MPC, 2011). Margaret has over 35 years’ professional experience as an applied statistician and has a broad experience in statistics related to medicine, health, biology, freshwater ecology and chemistry, limnology and the social sciences.

Margaret is a member of the Health Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI) group.


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Margaret is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at UCLan and has over 35 years professional experience working in applied statistics. Margaret gained her PhD by published work in Mathematics and Statistics from Lancaster University for 15 publications in the growth, energetics and mortality of freshwater fish.

Margaret has a broad experience in many areas of applied statistics and during her previous career with the Natural Environment Research Council she contributed extensively to research on the physics, chemistry and ecology of freshwaters. More recently, as a medical statistician with UCLan in the School of Health, Margaret has enjoyed teaching statistics to postgraduate students, supervising research students and has worked on a variety of research projects in medicine and health. Margaret also provides statistical consultancy to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool Victoria Hospital, to Myerscough College School of Veterinary Nursing and Farriery and also works collaboratively with researchers in the UCLan School of Psychology.


PhD by published work, Lancaster University, 2003 MSc Biometry, Reading University, 1976
BSc (Hons) Logic with Mathematics, 1975, International Biometrics Society member
Chartered Statistician (CStat) Royal Statistical Society, 1994, MPC, 2011



Lung cancer mortality and endotoxin exposure in a cohort of British cotton workers.

Investigating the decline in cervical screening in one PCT in North West England.

Perceptions of health care workers regarding self-harm in young offenders institutions.

Quality of life of adults with cystic fibrosis – a longitudinal study of 12 years duration.

Mortality experience of men and women smokers in a cohort of British cotton workers.

The role of FEV1% and respiratory health in predicting survival in a cohort of British cotton workers.

Analysis of a management style questionnaire to staff of a North West NHS Trust.

The International Depression/anxiety Study (TIDES) in the UK measuring anxiety and depression in people with cystic fibrosis.

Lancashire Dementia Care Consultation.



Abbott, J., Hurley, M.A., Morton, A.M. and Conway, S.P. (2015) Longitudinal impact of demographic and clinical variables on health-related quality of life in cystic fibrosis. BMJOpen, 5(5), doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007418 .

Duff AJA, Abbott J, Cowerthwaite C, Sumner C, Hurley MA, Quittner A and the TIDES-UK Group. (2014) Depression and anxiety in adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis in the UK: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 13, 745-753. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcf.2014.02.010

Hurley MA. (2014) Light smoking at baseline predicts a higher mortality risk to women than to men; evidence from a cohort with long follow-up. BMC Public Health, 14 (1): 95. DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-95

Abbott, J., Hurley, M.A., Morton, A.M. and Conway, S.P. (2013) Longitudinal association between lung function and health-related quality of life in Cystic Fibrosis. Thorax, 68,149-154 doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-202552

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Margaret contributes to postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in the School of Health and Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and provides training at local NHS hospital Trusts.


Royal Statistical Society

International Biometrics Society