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Dr Andrew Wills

Dr Andrew Wills

Dr Andrew Wills
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Applied Statistics

Biomedical Research Unit,
Level 3, UBHT Education Centre BS2 8AE
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+44 (0) 117 34 21769


Current and ongoing research areas:

I collaborate with a group in Norway on the Norwegian Childhood Growth Study, where we are trying to understand growth patterns that may be suboptimal for health and their determinants. Much of my statistical and epidemiological work has been within what is called “life course epidemiology” and the “developmental origins of adult disease hypothesis (Barker Hypothesis)”. For example, I have worked on the 1946 British Birth cohort study and with several cohort studies in India.

I also enjoy more general statistical collaborative work; for example, I have worked on several randomised controlled trials, and I am currently involved in a cross sectional study of outcomes at age 5y in children with cleft palate- the Cleft Care UK project.


I am a statistician and epidemiologist.

I have an MSc in Medical Statistics (2007; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a PhD in Biomechanics and Epidemiology (2006; Centre for Biomedical Engineering, University of Surrey). Since 2007 I have worked as a medical statistician and epidemiologist on various topics within a life course epidemiological framework (MRC Lifecourse epidemiology unit, Uni of So'ton; MRC Unit for Lifelong health and ageing, University College London; MRC CAiTE, University of Bristol). Prior to that I was the Research leader in a rehabilitation hospital (DMRC Headley Court) where my personal research interests were in understanding human movement and its link to injury. 


Courses for non-statisticians:

Most of my current teaching that I developed* is concerned with teaching statistical thinking and reasoning to non-statisticians:

  • *Module leader of the MSc Reproduction & Development Research Methods and Statistics module (20 credits)
  • *Module leader of the MRes Health Sciences Research Further Research Methods module (20 credits).
  • *iBSc Health Sciences Introduction to Research module (10 credits): Online statistics materials.
  • BDS Research Methods (2nd yr) course: tutor for 10 sessions.

Courses for more statistical & epidemiological learners:

  • I have taught on the short course programme in the School of Social and Community Medicine, in particular the Introduction to statistical methods for life course epidemiology short course. 
  • I have also developed some teaching materials for external workshops that cover analysing repeated measures of an exposure.


  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology

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