St John's College Oxford
Dr Paul Griffiths

Dr Paul Griffiths

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Statistics


I have spent all my working life in the University. For the majority of the time I was based in the University Computing Services, where I ran a statistical consultancy and was responsible for delivering training to University staff and students in the use of a variety of statistical software. My research interests, predictably, lie in the fields of Applied Statistics and Statistical Computing, particularly the design and construction of algorithms. I co-ordinate the first-year course on Quantitative Methods and the third-year Quantitative Methods option for the Institute of Human Sciences and run workshops on the Masters course in Psychological Research.

My main responsibility in College is teaching the first-year course in Probability and Statistics to Psychology students, together with the (identical) Quantitative Methods course to first-year Human Sciences students. I also provide tutorials for second-year Psychology students for their paper in Experimental Design and Statistics and for those third-year Human Sciences students who are taking the Quantitative Methods paper in Finals. I have also taught statistics to St. John’s students studying Medicine, Physiology, Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Geography.

Other interests
I am a Chartered Statistician and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and have served on the Society’s Working Party on Statistical Computing and on the Committee of its General Applications Section. I have also been the Algorithm Editor of its Applied Statistics journal, and co-edited the book Applied Statistics Algorithms. I am the Statistical Advisor to the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, a member of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) and an Associate of Ashridge Management College.