Dr. Svetlana Tishkovskaya

Lecturer in Health Statistics

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB218

+44 (0) 1772 89 2730


Subject Areas: Statistics

I am a Lecturer in Health Statistics and a Statistician at Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit. I am also member of HeRMI group at the School of Health. My research interests are in the field of medical statistics and Bayesian modelling driven by applications, mainly in medicine, health, clinical trials, and ecology. I am also interested in statistics education and innovations in teaching and learning statistics. I have previously worked at the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University.

Full Profile

I have joined the University of Central Lancashire in February 2012 as a lecturer in Health Statistics. Prior to moving to UCLan, I held Daphne Jackson Fellowship hosted by the University of Sheffield. During the fellowship I worked on the project on Bayesian modelling in movement ecology. Also I held post-doctoral research positions at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Lancaster University.

My research interests are currently in the field of medical and health statistics. The main area of my expertise is Bayesian statistics with practical applications in medical and health related studies, clinical trials, and ecology. I am also interested in innovations in teaching and learning statistics, particularly in using online resources and Internet technology for teaching statistics, and various issues related to statistical literacy.


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013
Ph.D. in Statistics, 2000 (NSTU)
Degree of Engineer-Mathematician (Distinction), 1992 (Applied Mathematics Department, NSTU)


S. Tishkovskaya and G. Lancaster.(2012) Statistical Education in the 21st Century: a Review of Challenges, Teaching Innovations and Strategies for Reform. Journal of Statistics Education. Volume 20, Number 2.

Research Activities

  • statistical modelling in medicine, health, clinical trials, and ecology;
  • Bayesian statistics;
  • Computationally intensive statistical methods including MCMC methodology;
  • Statistics pedagogy, innovation in teaching and learning statistics, statistical literacy.


I am involved in various aspects of statistical analysis for the following School of Health projects:

  • ICONS trial 
  • 'Restrain Yourself' project led by Prof. Joy Duxbury
  • EPOC Cochrane review 'Interventions to improve patient access, service utilization and cost of providing genetic counselling services' 


  • NU2335 The Research Process
  • NU4025 Introduction to PG research
  • PJ3998/9 for School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • BL4200 (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Short course 'Statistics for postgraduate researchers' for School of Health and School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Supervision of PhD students


Royal Statistical Society Conference, September 2012 (Telford, UK), talk on modelling in statistical ecology;

The International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS-9), July 2014 (Arizona, USA), talk 'The Use of Web Resources in Statistical Education'


The Royal Statistical Society

External Affiliations and Roles

Member of Lancashire and East Cumbria Local Group committee of the Royal Statistical Society