John C Duffy
University of Reading M.Sc. in Biometry 1969-70
University of Edinburgh B.Sc. Mathematical Science 2nd 1965-69
(1st in class Mathematical Statistics 4)
Most recent post (retired 30 March
Deputy Director Knowledge Management Scottish Further and
Higher Education Funding Council
Statistics, funding models, IT, corporate planning, records management, special
projects, funds sign off.
Department of Primary Care University of Birmingham. Head of Statistics May
2001 – Nov 2003
Department of Mathematics and Statistics University of Edinburgh. Director of
STATLAB and senior lecturer Nov 1999 - May 2001
Chief Scientist Office Scottish Office Department of Health. Research Manager (NHS
Senior Manager Grade 7) Nov 1996 - Nov 1999
Alcohol Research Group Department of Psychiatry University of Edinburgh
Director of Statistics and Information Professorial Research Fellow – AR4 May
1990 - Oct 1996
Inveresk Research International Full-time Consultant Head of Statistics
(secondment)Sept – Nov 1988
Department of Statistics University of Edinburgh and MRC Unit for
Studies in Psychiatry Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Joint appointment as lecturer
and research scientist (Promoted to senior lecturer, 1990) Jan 1971 - May 1990
Group Technical Department British Steel Corporation Ravenscraig
Motherwell. Statistician Oct-Dec 1970
Teaching and research
I have taught a wide range of statistical topics at service, undergraduate and
postgraduate level, most recently in the areas of Sampling and Simulation, and
was involved in curriculum development and teaching on the Advanced
Quantitative Methods postgraduate course in Social Sciences in the University
of Edinburgh. I have taught service courses to medical, veterinary, biological
sciences and social sciences students.
In both the Departments of Statistics and Psychiatry I supervised numerous
short research projects on M.Sc. and M.Phil. courses and research theses for
I have organised short courses on systematic review (Glasgow Caledonian
University, January 2001), Survival Analysis (Edinburgh University, 1996) and
taught the bulk of the Revision Course for MRC Psych Critical Review Paper
(Birmingham Medical Institute, 2001).
Major Research Grants
2002 Joint grantholder Effect of long-term acid suppression on
gastro-intestinal malignancy: a cohort study. £152,180. Sir James Black
2002 Joint grantholder Early Detection and Treatment of Adolescent Psychosis: a
collaboration between primary and secondary care in the inner city. £282,421.
North Birmingham Mental Health Trust.
1995 Grantholder of £190,000 from the Alcohol Education and Research Council
for a project on development of standardised indices of alcohol consumption and
1989 Joint grantholder of £500,000 over 5 years from the Portman Group to
support research in alcohol studies, and my secondment to the Alcohol Research
Group as Director, Statistics and Information.
Recent Research Projects
A missing data approach to performance indicators
Random effects in meta-analysis – an exploration of mechanisms
Statistical Process Control methods in education and healthcare
Duffy, J.C., (1992) Alcohol and Illness: the Epidemiological Viewpoint,
Edinburgh University Press.
Duffy, J.C. (1991) Trends in Alcohol Consumption Patterns 1978-89, Henley on
Thames: NTC Publications.
Duffy, J.C. (1989) Generalized Linear Models In Epidemiology, EUSTAT, Vitoria,
Buglass, D., Kreitman, N. and Duffy, J.C. (1980) A register of social and
medical indices by local government area in Edinburgh and the Lothians - Parts
I and II (sep.). Central Research Unit Papers, Scottish Office. ca 150 pp.
Duffy J.C. (2011) Single Distribution Theory of Consumption, in Encyclopaedia
of Drug Policy, Kleiman, M.A.R. and Hawdon, J.E.(eds.) Sage: New York.
Duffy, J.C. (2002) Published figures from primary studies,
in Meta-analysis of observational studies, Ateliers de Formation 137: INSERM:
Duffy, J.C. (2002) Publication bias In Meta-analysis of observational studies,
Ateliers de Formation 137: INSERM: Paris
Duffy, J.C. (2002) Problems of interpretation In Meta-analysis of observational
studies, Ateliers de Formation 137: INSERM: Paris
Duffy, J.C., Morrison, D., Peck, D. (1998) Research design, measurement and
statistics, in Companion to Psychiatric Studies Johnstone, E.C., Freeman,
C.P.L. and Zealley, A.K. (eds.) Churchill Livingstone.
Duffy, J.C., (1992) Scottish licensing changes, in Alcohol and Drugs: the
Scottish Experience, Plant et al (eds), Edinburgh University Press.
Alanko, T., and Duffy, J.C. (1992) Experiences from using the SAS system in a
large consumption simulation study, Proceedings of the SAS European Users Group
International Conference, 596-607.
Duffy, J.C. (1990) Data Collection: a methodological response, in Alcohol and
Drugs: Research and Policy (Plant, M.A., Keup, W.E. and Osterberg, E., eds.),
Edinburgh University Press.
Ballesteros, J., Querejeta, I., Rivas, M-A. and Duffy, J.C. (1990) Suicide in
Spain 1961-1981: an age-period-cohort analysis, in Suicidal Behaviour and Risk
Factors (Ferrari,G., Bellini, M. and Crepet, P., eds.) Bologna: Monduzzi
Duffy, J.C. (1989) Total alcohol consumption in a population and
alcohol-related problems, in Drinking to Your Health, (Anderson, D., ed.),
Social Affairs Unit, London.
Duffy, J.C. (1988) Statistics definitions in Chambers Science and Technology
Dictionary (Walker, P., ed), Chambers, Edinburgh.
Bartholomew, R.S., Clayton, R.M., Cuthbert, J., Phillips, C.I., Duffy, J.C.,
McK. Reid, J., Seth, J., Truman, D.E.S., Wilson, C. and Yim, S-H. (1980)
Analysis of individual cataract patients and their lenses: preliminary
observations on a population basis, in Ageing of the Lens. (Regnault, F.,
Hockwin, O. and Courtois, Y., eds.) Elsevier North Holland, Amsterdam. 241-261.
Duffy, J.C. (1977) Estimating the proportion of heavy drinkers, in The
Ledermann Curve, (Davies, D.L., ed.) 11-24, Alcohol Education Centre, London.
Peer –reviewed journals
Lowe, R., Chung, C., Heim, D., Duffy, J., Davies, J., Pennebaker, J. In verbis, vinum? Relating themes in an
open-ended writing task to alcohol behaviours (submitted to Addiction).
Morton, I., Ashraf, M., Duffy, J. Imputing Scottish student retention rates
using propensity score matching (submitted to Journal of the Royal Statistical
Society Series A).
Santos, B., Duffy,J. (2012) The
combination of final and gain scores to summarize the effect size of clinical
trials by means of the standardized mean difference could bias the overall
efficacy estimate. J Clin Psychopharmacol (in press).
Penny, K.I., Ashraf, M.Z. and
Duffy, J.C.(2007) The Use of Hot-deck Imputation to Compare Performance of
Further Education Colleges, Journal of Computing and Information Technology,
Moayyedi, P., Duffy, J. and Delaney, B. (2004) New
approaches to enhance the accuracy of the diagnosis of reflux disease. Gut 53:
Ballesteros, J., Duffy, J.C., Querejeta I., Arino,J., Gonzalez-Pinto, A. (2004)
Efficacy of brief interventions for hazardous drinkers in primary care:
systematic review and meta-analyses. Alcohol Clin Exp Res.28: 608-18.
Forbes, F.C.M., Duffy, J.C. and Mok, J. (2003) Early intervention service for
non-abusing parents of child sexual abuse victims. British Journal of
Psychiatry 183: 66-72.
Duffy, J.C. (2003) Association between aspects of drinking pattern and
experience of alcohol-related problems. Addiction Research and Theory, 11,
Cohen, G.R., Duffy, J.C. (2002) Are nonrespondents to health surveys less
healthy than respondents? Journal of Official Statistics, 18, 13-23
Leonard, T., Duffy, J.C. (2002) A Bayesian fixed-effects analysis of the
Mantel-Haenszel model applied to meta-analysis. Statistics in Medicine, 21,
Duffy, J.C. (1996) Alcohol and all-cause mortality - author’s response.
International Journal of Epidemiology, 25, 218-220.
Duffy, J.C.and Pinot de Moira, A. (1996) Changes in licensing law in England
and Wales and indicators of alcohol-related problems. Addiction Research, 4,
Alanko, T. and Duffy, J.C. (1996) Modelling compound binomial distributions:
the distribution of drinking days. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society,
Series D, 45, 269-286.
Miller, P., Plant, M., Plant, M., Duffy, J (1995) Alcohol, Tobacco, Illicit
Drugs, and Sex: An Analysis of Risk Behavior among Young Adults. International
Journal of the Addictions, 30, 239-258.
Pinot de Moira A., and Duffy, J.C. (1995) Changes in licensing law in England
and Wales and alcohol-related mortality. Addiction Research, 3, 151-164.
Duffy, J.C., (1995) Alcohol consumption and all-cause mortality. International
Journal of Epidemiology, 24, 100-105.
Duffy, J.C. (1993) Alcohol consumption and control policy. Journal of the Royal
Statistical Society, Series A, 156, 225-230.
Kreitman, N. and Duffy, J.C. (1993) Risk factors for suicide and undetermined
death among in-patient alcoholics in Scotland. British Journal of Addiction,
Ozamiz, J.A. (Spain) and Duffy, J.C. (1992) Edad, sexo, estado civil y clase
social en trastornos afectivos asistidos en el Pais Vasco: un estudio de
registro de casos. Psiquis, 13, 81-86.
Duffy, J.C. and Alanko, T. (Finland) (1992) Self-reported consumption measures
in sample surveys - a simulation study of alcohol consumption. Journal of
Official Statistics, 8, 327-350.
Kreitman, N., Carstairs, V. and Duffy, J.C. (1991) Association of age and
social class with suicide among men in Great Britain, Journal of Epidemiology
and Community Health, 45, 195-202.
Blackwood, D., St. Clair, D., Muir, W. and Duffy, J.C. (1991) Auditory P300 and
eye tracking dysfunction in schizophrenic pedigrees. Archives of General
Psychiatry, 48, 899-909.
Surtees, P.G. and Duffy, J.C. (1989) Suicide in England and Wales 1946-85: an
age-period-cohort analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 79, 216-223.
Kreitman, N. and Duffy, J.C. (1989) Alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease
in relation to alcohol consumption in Scotland 1978-84: Part 1 - epidemiology
of liver diseases. British Journal of Addiction, 84, 607-618.
Surtees, P.G. and Duffy, J.C. (1989) Binary and rate
measures of life event experience: association with illness onset in Edinburgh
and London community surveys. Journal of Affective Disorders, 16, 139-149.
Duffy, J.C. (1989) Anopille kelpaavaa olutta? Alkoholipolitiikka, 54, 208-210.
Sales, J., Peck, D., Plant, M. and Duffy, J.C. (1989) Alcohol consumption,
cigarette sales and mortality in the United Kingdom: an analysis of the period
1970-1985. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 24, 155-160.
Robinson, A.D.T. and Duffy, J.C. (1989) A comparison of self-injury and
self-poisoning from the Regional Poisoning Treatment Centre, Edinburgh. Acta
Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 80, 272-279.
Duffy, J.C. and Waterton, J.J. (1988) Randomised response vs direct
questioning: estimating the prevalence of alcohol related problems in a field
survey. Australian Journal of Statistics, 30, 1-14.
Peck, D.F., Plant, M.A. and Duffy, J.C. (1988) Trends in the use and misuse of
alcohol and other psychoactive drugs in the United Kingdom: some perplexing
connections. British Journal of Addiction, 83, 943-947.
Duffy, J.C. and Latcham, R.W. (1986) Liver cirrhosis mortality in England and
Wales compared to Scotland: an age-period-cohort analysis 1941-1981. Journal of
the Royal Statistical Society, A, l49, 45-49.
Duffy, J.C. and Plant, M.A. (1986) Scotland’s liquor licensing changes: an
assessment. British Medical Journal, 292, 36-39.
Platt, S.D. and Duffy, J.C. (1986) Social and clinical correlates of
unemployment in two cohorts of male parasuicides. Social Psychiatry, 21, 17-24.
Duffy, J.C (1986) The distribution of alcohol consumption - 30 years on.
British Journal of Addiction, 8l, 735-741.
Chick, J., Lloyd, G., Ritson, B. and Duffy, J.C (1986) Medical admissions in
men: the risk among drinkers. Lancet, 1986, 1380-1383.
Curson, D.A., Barnes, T.R.E, Bamber, R.W., Platt, S.D., Hirsch, S.R., and
Duffy, J.C. (1985). Long-term depot maintenance of chronic schizophrenic
out-patients: the seven-year follow-up of the medical research council
fluphenazine/placebo trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 146: 464-480.
Duffy, J.C. (1985) Questionnaire measurement of drinking behaviour in sample
surveys. Journal of Official Statistics, 1, 229-234.
Roberts, M.M., French, K. and Duffy, J.C (1984) Breast cancer and breast
self-examination: What do Scottish women know? Social Science and Medicine,
Duffy, J.C. and Waterton, J.J. (1984) A comparison of computer interviewing
techniques and traditional methods in the collection of self-report alcohol
consumption data in a field survey. International Statistical Review, 52,
Duffy, J.C. and Waterton, J.J. (1984) Randomised response models for estimating
the distribution function of a quantitative character. International
Statistical Review, 52, 165-171.
Waterton, J.J. and Duffy, J.C. (1984) Under-reporting of alcohol consumption in
sample surveys: the effects of computer interviewing in fieldwork. British
Journal of Addiction, 79, 303-308.
Waterton, J.J. and Duffy, J.C. (1984) The measurement of alcohol consumption.
SCPR Survey Methods Newsletter, Spring 1984, 2-4.
Duffy, J.C. (1982) Fallacy of the distribution of alcohol consumption.
Psychological Reports, 50, 125-126.
Clayton, R., Cuthbert, J., Seth, J., Phillips, C., Bartholomew, R.S., McK.
Reid, J. and Duffy, J.C.) (1982) Some risk factors associated with cataract in
S.E. Scotland: A pilot study. Transactions of the Ophthalmological Societies of
the United Kingdom, 102, 331-336.
Duffy, J.C. (1980) The association between per capita consumption of alcohol
and the proportion of excessive consumers - reply to Skog. British Journal of
Addiction, 75, 147-151.
Clayton, R.M., Cuthbert, J., Phillips, C.I., Bartholomew, R.S., Duffy, J.C.,
Stokoe, N.L., Ffytche, T., McK. Reid, J., Seth, J. and Alexander, M (1980)
Analysis of individual cataract patients and their lenses: a progress report.
Experimental Eye Research, 31, 553-566.
Kreitman, N., Duffy, J.C. and Rennie, D. (1980) A register of social and
medical indices by local government area in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Health
Duffy, J.C. (1979) Aspects of self-reported alcohol consumption in Scotland.
Health Bulletin, 39-42.
Buglass, D. and Duffy, J.C., (1978) The ecological pattern of suicide and
parasuicide in Edinburgh. Social Science and Medicine, 12, 241-253.
Chick, J. and Duffy, J.C. (1978) Application to the alcohol dependence syndrome
of a method of determining the sequential development of symptoms.
Psychological Medicine, 9, 313-319.
Duffy, J.C. and Cohen, G. (1978) Total alcohol consumption and excessive
drinking. British Journal of Addiction, 73, 259-264.
Duffy, J.C. (1978) Comment on "The Single Distribution Theory of Alcohol
Consumption". Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 39, 9, 1648-1650.
Holding, T.A., Kreitman, N., Buglass, D. and Duffy, J.C. (1977) Parasuicide in
Edinburgh - A seven-year review 1968-74. British Journal of Psychiatry, 128,
Kreitman, N., Plant, M., Miller, T.I. and Duffy, J.C. (1977) Observing public
drinking. Quarterly Journal of Studies in Alcohol, 38, 867-880.
Duffy, J.C. (1977) Frequency distribution of hospital-referred parasuicidal
episodes in Edinburgh. British Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine, 31,
Duffy, J.C. (1977) Alcohol consumption, alcoholism and excessive drinking -
errors in estimates from consumption figures. International Journal of
Epidemiology, 6, No. 4, 375-379.
Cochrane, R. and Duffy, J.C. (1974) Psychology and scientific method. Bulletin
of the British Psychological Society, 27, 117-121.
Duffy, J.C. (1974) (Appendix to) Mental illness in married pairs in a total
population, by Hagnell. O. and Kreitman, N.. British Journal of Psychiatry,
Duffy, J.C. (2002) Don’t edit out important details
Duffy, J.C. (2002) Surveys – BMJ’s blind spot?
Mohammed, M.A., Cheng, K.K., Rouse, A.Marshall, T., Duffy, J.C. (2001) Was
Bristol an outlier? Lancet 2001;358: 2083-2084
Duffy, J.C. (2001) Comments on Addiction editorial (letter). Addiction, 96,
Duffy, J.C. and Cohen, G. (1995) Mortality associated with wines, beers and
spirits - risk function had peculiar properties. British Medical Journal, 311,
Duffy, J.C. (1994) Alcohol and heart disease - current weekly limits too mean.
British Medical Journal, 308, 270-271.
Duffy, J.C. (1994) Analyzing the balance of risk. Addiction, 90, 484-485.
Surtees, P.G. and Duffy, J.C. (1987) Trends in Anorexia Nervosa. Lancet, 1987,
Duffy, J.C. (1975) Letter to the Editor. Bulletin of the British Psychological
Society, 28, 320-321.
Duffy, J.C. (2001) Review of ‘Statistics in Psychiatry’, Biometrics, 20,
Duffy, J.C. (1987) Analytic strategies. Times Higher Education Supplement, 862,
Peck, D.F. and Duffy, J.C. (1985) The presentation and analysis of experimental
data. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 29, 337-339.
Gani, D., Duffy,J. (2008) Numbers Game. Research Fortnight. 17 Dec 2008.
Duffy, J.C. (2001) Back of the class. Scotsman, 24 January
Duffy, J.C. (1993) Drinking your health. New Statesman, 17 September, 30-31.
Duffy, J.C. (1990) AUT(S) and Scottish self-government. AUT Bulletin, 174, 8-9.
Duffy, J.C. (1990) Scottish autonomy and the Universities. Radical Scotland,
Plant, M.A and Duffy, J.C (1986) Liberalization of licensing laws: the Scottish
experience. Brewing Review, 16, 4-7.
Duffy, J.C. and Alanko, T. (1995) Measurement of alcohol consumption and harm -
a review. Report to Alcohol Education and Research Council.
Duffy, J.C. and Fossey, E. (1995) Control policies related to alcohol use - an
evaluative review. Report to Alcohol Education and Research Council.
Fisk, P.R., Duffy, J.C and Burnhill, P.M. (1985) A report of the planning of
the 1986 Large Scale (10%) Household Survey for Scotland (72 pp plus appendix,
prepared for the Scottish Office, unpublished).
Conference Papers and Presentations
CHINTEX Final Conference: Harmonisation of Surveys and Data Quality Wiesbaden
27 May 2003. “How can we use what we can learn from CHINTEX?”
Royal Statistical Society Leeds Local Group 14 May 2003. “Analysis of means
applied to clinical outcomes”
Royal Statistical Society Social Statistics Section London 6 Feb 2003. “The
effectiveness of social interventions” – invited dicussant.
Royal Statistical Society One-day meeting on "Performance Monitoring and
Surveillance", London Jan 14th 2003. “Graphical Presentation of Clinical
Indicators – Don’t re-invent the wheel”
INSERM , La Roche-Posay, France, 4-5 June 2002. “Meta-analysis of observational
STAKES Helsinki, Finland, 22 March 2002. “Random effects in meta-analysis -
problems and alternatives.”
Information Services Division of the Scottish Health Service. Royal College of
Surgeons, Edinburgh, 13 November 2001.
“Scottish Clinical Outcomes.”
Preparation Course for MRCPSych Part II, Birmingham, September 2001.
“Statistics for the Critical Review Paper.”
Alcohol Focus Scotland, Consultation on Licensing Law, Glasgow. June 2001.
“Changes in Licensing Law and Alcohol-Related harm.”
Glasgow Caledonian University. January 2001.
“Systematic Review 2001.” (3 day course)
University of Oxford, 3rd Symposium on Systematic Reviews; Beyond the Basics.
“A new Bayesian approach to fixed effects models for combining 2x2 tables.”
University of Cambridge, Dept of Public Health, Bradford Hill Seminar. February
“Bump-hunting: Modes, mixtures and alcohol consumption.”
Royal Statistical Society, Edinburgh Group. November 1998
“Health Services Research in the Chief Scientist Office.”
Institut Catala d' Oncologia, Barcelona, Spain. October 1996
“Statistical methods in meta-analysis” (5-day course)
16th Nordic Conference on Mathematical Statistics, Lahti, Finland August 1996
(with Timo Alanko) On a class of compound binomial distributions, with
applications to consumption data.
Royal College of Psychiatrists. Alcohol Dependency Symposium. November 1995.
“Alcohol and mortality - the epidemiological evidence.”
British Psychological Society. Scottish Annual Conference. November 1995
“Alcohol and mortality.”
Glasgow and District Council on Alcohol. November 1994.
“Safe limits - do they exist?”
Scottish Council on Alcohol. October 1994.
“Alcohol and mortality - a brief analysis.”
Grampian Council on Alcohol. September 1994.
“Licensing changes and alcohol-related harm.”
University of Sydney, Australia. 26 August 1994.
“Alcohol, mortality and alcohol control policy.”
Edinburgh Science Festival. 13 April 1993.
“Optimal alcohol consumption.”
Biostatistics Laboratory, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. November
“Random effects models”
Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. October 1992.
“Methods of measuring self-reported alcohol consumption.”
Royal Statistical Society, Glasgow Group. October 1992.
“Applied statistics: from social psychiatry to alcohol research.”
WHO European Office, Copenhagen. Working group on evaluation and monitoring of
action on alcohol. 1 September 1992. “Quantitative surveys of alcohol use.”
Royal Statistical Society, Social Statistics Section and Medical Section joint
meeting, London. 19 May 1992.
“Alcohol and ill-health.”
Sociedad Espanola de Epidemiologia, Madrid, Spain. 12 December 1991. (with J.
“Mortalidad por cirrosis hepatica en Espana: evolucion temporal.”
Sociedad Espanola de Toxicomanias, Madrid, Spain. October 1991. (with J
Ballesteros et al)
“Tendencias en la mortalidad por cirrosis hepatica en Espana: 1976-1985.”
“Tendencias en la mortalidad por cirrosis hepatica: una comparacion
Royal Statistical Society Social Statistics Section, London. 4 October 1991.
“Single population theories and control policy: the case of alcohol
Peterhouse Seminar, Cambridge. 11-12 July 1991.
“Alcohol consumption and the control theory.”
Alcohol and Health, Edinburgh. 22 May 1991.
“Alcohol and mortality: health implications.”
Social Research Institute for Alcohol Studies, Helsinki. 19 March 1991.
“Teetotallers, alcohol and health.”
Scottish Universities in the 1990s, Edinburgh. 17 November 1990.
“Funding higher education in Scotland.”
Social Psychiatry, Present and Future, Edinburgh. 14-17 October 1990.
“Mortality from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in England and Wales.”
CBMC, Brussels. October 1990.
“Average alcohol consumption, excess drinking and the risk of harm in a
Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto, Canada. June 1990.
“Liver cirrhosis mortality in England & Wales 1979-1988.”
Sociedad Espanola de Toxicomanias, Vitoria, Spain. November 1989.
“Perspectivas de investigacion en alcoholismo.”
Basque Government Health Department, Bilbao, Spain. September 1989.
“Advanced statistical methods in the analysis of vital rates” (5 day course –
supported by an Elcano fellowship from the British Council and the University
of the Basque Country)
7th International Statistics Seminar of the Basque Statistical Institute,
Bilbao, Spain. February 1989
“Generalized linear models in epidemiology” (3 day course)
18th Medical Advisory Conference, Eastbourne. October 1989.
“Difficulties of estimating deaths attributable to alcohol consumption.”
Royal Statistical Society, Sheffield Local Group, University of Sheffield.
“Post-war suicide rates in England and Wales.”
Royal Statistical Society, Edinburgh Local Group, Heriot-Watt University. May
“Periodicity in Scottish suicide rates 1974-83.”
Royal Statistical Society, North Eastern Local Group, University of Newcastle.
“Periodicity in Scottish suicide rates 1974-83.”
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. November 1986.
“Scotland’s licensing law changes: an assessment.”
World Health Organisation, International Consultation of
Problems Related to Alcohol and Psychoactive Drugs, Edinburgh. May 1986.
“Methods of data collection: lessons for other drugs.”
EURAGE. University of Edinburgh. December 1985.
“Logistic-linear models to adjust for confounding factors in case-control
Social Statistics Section, Royal Statistical Society, London. November 1985.
“Liver cirrhosis mortality in England & Wales compared to Scotland: an
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Conference on Statistical
Methods in Auditing, Peebles Hydro. September 1985.
“Bounds for overstatement error based on the multinomial distribution.”
Mason Conference in Medical Statistics, British Association for the Advancement
of Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. August 1985.
“Liver cirrhosis mortality in England & Wales compared to Scotland: an
age-period-cohort analysis 1931-1981.”
Royal Statistical Society, Glasgow Local Group, University of Strathclyde.
“A comparison of computer interviewing techniques and traditional methods in
the collection of self-reported alcohol consumption in a field survey.”
Centre for Health Economics, University of York. February 1985.
“Randomised response versus direct questioning: estimating the prevalence of
alcohol-related problems in a field survey.”
I have been a member of the Royal Statistical Society since 1971, and have
contributed to the Society as a member of various committees, (and recently
Chair of the Social Statistics Section Committee) throughout my career. I have
organised meetings and conferences of the Society, and continue to do so,
having a strong commitment to its aims and values.
I was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute in 1991.
Birmingham Association of University Teachers (Vice-President 2001-2003)
Edinburgh Association of University Teachers (Hon. Sec. 1978-81, Hon. Pres.
University of Edinburgh Joint Consultative and Negotiating Committee
University of Edinburgh Senatus Academicus (1983-6, 1991-94)
Member of AUT Council (1978 – date)
Member of AUT(Scotland) Executive Committee (1982 – 96, 99-2001)
Member of AUT(Scotland) Council (1978 – 1996, 1996 – 2001)
President AUT(Scotland) 1988-90
Member of AUT Executive Committee, 1988-90, 1992-1996; 1999-2001
Member of AUT MRC Committee, 1994 - 1996
Member of AUT European and International Affairs Committee, 1992 - 1996
Chair of AUT Finance and Membership Committee, 1994 - 1996
Member of AUT Officers Nominating Panel 1987, 1991.
Editor, AUT(S) Profile, 1992 - 1996
Secretary, AUT(S), 1992 - 1996
Member, Advisory Committee, Universities’ Superannuation Scheme Ltd, 1993-1996
Parent representative and chairman of the Flora Stevenson Primary School Board,
Member, Scottish Trade Union Congress Education and Training Committee, 1989
Highland Regional Council Education Department Mathematics Masterclasses
Residential Course Inverness – teaching of masterclasses on elementary
probability. 2000, 2001.