John Hope McColl,
MA, MSc, CStat, FHEA
S2R - Probability
Financial Statistics 4
Probability (Level M)
Materials for the above courses are available to current students from the School′s Moodle site.
In 2008, Karina Paterson, an MSc student, produced a briefing paper for markers that lays out principles for effective feedback on students′ assessed work in Statistics courses.
I am the author of
a popular first/second
A more advanced textbook, Multivariate Probability, is now published by Wiley.
I was also the joint editor (along with Professor Adrian Bowman) of the following book of support materials for lecturers responsible for teaching First Year Statistics courses to non-specialists, which was published by Hodder Arnold in 1999: Statistics and Problem Solving - computer based case studies from the STEPS project.
Through the Statistics
in Scottish Schools Project, which was hosted by the Department of
Statistics from 1994 until 2003, I arranged and led workshops on statistical
topics for Secondary School teachers of Mathematics. Along with Ralph
Riddiough (formerly a teacher at
I work closely with health professionals in order to apply Statistics to research in the bio-medical sciences. I have particular interests in human nutrition and paediatrics. Please see this list of recent publications.
Current research students:
Serdar Neslihanoglu, PhD (since March 2011): Critical assessment and comparison of financial risk metrics.
Sami Saud Alrawily, PhD (since November 2011): Methods for detecting local independence of multidimensional items at different ability levels, jointly supervised with Dr Rebecca Mancy, School of Education.
Abdullah Al Omir, PhD (since March 2012): The experience of teaching statistics to non-specialist students in Saudi universities, jointly supervised with Dr Catherine Bovill, Learning and Teaching Centre.
Khuneswari Gopal Pillay, PhD (since May 2012): Model selection and averaging in the presence of missing values.
Fraser Tough, PhD (since October 2012): The role of weight gain in the identification of under and over nutrition: compiling a longitudinal growth dataset, jointly supervised with Professor Charlotte Wright, School of Medicine.
Collette Letham (2013): Documenting and imputing missing values in a longitudinal survey of students′ personal attributes, MSc(R).
Caroline E. Haig (2013): A critique of models for body composition and energy-balance components in childhood and adolescence, PhD.
Neil Murphy (2012): Combining information from cross-sectional HIV recency testing and longitudinal observations of HIV status to improve estimates of HIV incidence, MSc(R).
Gillian Boyle (2011): Predicting the demand for the National Qualifications offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, MSc(R).
Jude Eze (2009): Modelling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria, PhD.
Maria Franco Villoria (2009): Statistical modelling of body composition in children and their parents, MSc(R).
Karina Paterson (2009): Good practice for formative assessment and feedback in Statistics courses, MSc(R).