SCU Services for Students and Staff
Consulting support is available, free of charge, to Honours students with research projects, Higher Degree Research students (e.g. Masters, PhD) and staff in all parts of the University.
Researchers and research students can get statistical advice through:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’m an honours/HDR student who needs some statistical advice on my research project – can SCU help?
A: Yes! Book a face-to-face consultation with one of our friendly & helpful consultants via this link. Consultations are free and there is no limit to how many times you can see us. Advice will not ordinarily be given via email or phone call.
Q: I’m a HDR student and I’m struggling with the software I am using for my coursework / research project, can you help?
A: SCU does not provide tutoring/training on how to use software, nor can we help complete your coursework assignments. We do help with your Honours/HDR research projects by providing support in experimental design, survey design, data management, statistical modelling & data presentation.
Q: How can I download statistical software and how do I learn how to use it?
A: If you're learning to use a software in your coursework & need help doing so, contact your course convener. To download software, contact ANU ITS.
Q: I’m not an Honours/HDR student but would like to receive statistical advice, is this possible?
A: SCU also provides consulting to all ANU staff, however we cannot provide consulting to people outside of the university.
More about the SCU
The Statistical Consulting Unit is a research collaborative unit that specialises in statistical applications in academic research in the sciences and social sciences. The Unit was established in 1980 and has continued to build on its reputation for expert statistical advice in study design, data collection and data analysis across all disciplines.
Research collaboration is central to our role. The Statistical Consulting Unit is the most significant source of statistical advice in ANU, working with over 200 postgraduate students and academics each year. We have the technical expertise to keep abreast of the fast-evolving research methodologies in a data-driven research environment, across a broad range of disciplines. We consistently advocate for appropriate study designs for experiments and surveys, and provide advice in data management, exploratory data analysis, statistical modelling and data presentation. We offer short courses in statistics tailored to specific research areas.
We are also a centre of innovation in the application and development of statistical methods. Current consultants have published 73 articles in peer reviewed journals in the last five years, with outlets including Public Health Nutrition, Diversity and Distributions, the Annals of Applied Statistics and the International Statistical Review.
Directions to the SCU
The SCU is in the Hanna Neumann Building (#145) located on University Avenue next to the engineering and psychology buildings.