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Dr Paul Oman

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Oman PI enjoyed the medical applications of statistics so embarked on a PhD in 1986 to research survival data models and was sponsored by the Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund to analyse the kidney transplant data for the local region.

I completed my PhD in 1989 and was lucky enough to be awarded a postdoctoral Fellowship, again at Newcastle, to take my research further. I ended this at the beginning of 1991 when I joined the School of Mathematics at Newcastle Polytechnic as a Senior Lecturer. The School has evolved over the years and in July 2000 I became Head of the Maths Division. After holding this post for three years (and been a lecturer for 12 years), I decided on a change of scenery and went on secondment as Project manager for the Tyne and Wear New Technology Institute. This was part of a national Government funded initiative to try and get computing expertise in the universities more integrated with small to medium sized enterprises.

In 2005 we merged with the Tees Valley NTI to become the North East New Technology Institute and I served as Project Director on this until the project ended in 2008. I then returned to the maths and statistics division and am now teaching both maths and statistics to our maths undergraduates and some students from other Schools. Given the management roles I have had over the last eight years, my research (which was mainly in medical statistics) has fallen by the wayside but I am looking forward to getting back into it in the near future.

Away from the university, I spend most of my spare time doing DIY, particularly woodwork and watching my youngest son play football.


  • Statistics PhD January 01 1991
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2002

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