Dr. Margaret Anne Hurley

Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Research Support Team

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB449

+44 (0) 1772 89 5429


Subject Areas: Mathematics, Health, Public Health

Margaret Hurley has a PhD by published work and is a Chartered Statistician (CStat.) of the Royal Statistical Society. Margaret has over 40 years’ professional experience as an applied statistician and has published widely in medicine, health, public health, social sciences, biology, ecology, chemistry and limnology.

Margaret is a chartered statistician (CStat) with the Royal Statistical with revalidated status to the end of 2021.

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Margaret is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at UCLan and is based in the Research Support Team of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Margaret has over 40 years professional experience working in applied statistics. Margaret graduated from Sussex University in 1975 with a degree in Logic with Mathematics followed by an MSc in Biometry from Reading University.

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 (2003).

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 freshwater lakes and rivers.

Since 2005, Margaret has worked as a medical statistician with UCLan in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, and has enjoyed teaching statistics to postgraduate students, supervising research students and has worked on a variety of research projects. in medicine and health.

Margaret’s particular interest is in long-term studies and these have included a cohort of cotton workers followed for 40 years and on quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis followed for 14 years.

Margaret provides statistical consultancy to clinicians and medical students at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and organises sessions on methodological topics for the statisticians in the Faculty.


Alison Hodgkinson, Janice Abbott, Margaret Hurley, Nicola Lowe, Pamela Qualter. (2019) An educational intervention to prevent overweight in pre-school years: a cluster randomised trial with a focus on disadvantaged families. BMC Public Health, 19:1430.

Verkleij M., de Winter D., Hurley, M.A., Abbott, J. (2018) Implementing the International Committee on Mental Health in Cystic Fibrosis (ICMH) guidelines: Screening accuracy and referral-treatment pathways. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 17, 821-827.

Lyvonne N Tume, Paul B Baines, Rafael Guerrero, Margaret A Hurley, Robert Johnson, Atul Kalantre, Ram Ramaraj, Paul C Ritson, Laura Walsh, Philip D Arnold (2017). Pilot study comparing closed versus open tracheal suctioning in postoperative neonates and infants with complex congenital heart disease. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 18(7), 647-954.

Margaret Anne Hurley, Janice Abbott, Alison M Morton, Steven P Conway (2016) Longitudinal and cross-sectional modelling of health-related quality of life in people with cystic fibrosis. Statistica Applicata-Italian Journal of Applied Statistics, 27(1) 57-74.

More publications


  • Quantile regression for cognitive test scores in relation to Body mass index; underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese.
  • Oral care for stroke patients.
  • Risk factors for acute kidney injury following general surgery.
  • End of Life care for stroke patients.
  • Coping strategies and survival of people living with cystic fibrosis.

Teaching activities

  • Module leader for module NU4091 statistics for Health which is a core module for the Master of Science degree in Clinical Research. 

Research Activities

  • Cohort studies
  • Survival analysis
  • Quality of life.