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Dr Rachel Hilliam

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Professional biography

Rachel Hilliam is senior lecturer in statistics and has previously held the roles of Director of Teaching for Mathemetics and Statistics and accademic lead for the Mathematics and Statistics student support team. 

She is currently on the production team for M348 Applied Statistics, which forms part of the new degree in Data Science, the presentation chair for M248, Analysing Data and on the presentation team for M140 Introducing statistics. 

Rachel is involved in a number of medical research studies alongside having a strong interest in mathematics and statistics pedagogy. 




Research interests


Having worked as a medical statistician both within the NHS and as a lecturer in various Universities I have several medical research interests across a broad spectrum of medical areas.

I work with Tony Lawrance from The University of Warwick on statistical aspects of chaotic systems, with particular applications in communication systems.

I have a number of current pedgogical projects in mathematics and statistics.



Teaching interests

I have been a member of most of the statistcs module teams. Currently I am on the production team for M348, chair the M248 presentation team and am a member of M140 presentation team.



Impact and engagement

I deliver a variety of statistical training courses to NHS professionals in the East Midlands.

I am Vice President for Professional Affairs Committee at the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and a founding member of the RSS Special Interest Group in Teaching Statistics in Higher Education.

In 2020, along with Michael Grove (University of Birmingham, IMA) and Kevin Houston (University of Leeds, LMS) we created TALMO  to assist university Mathematics and Statistics departments deliver their teaching online during the covid19 pandemic. 

External collaborations

I am an visitng Fellow in Medical Statistics at the University of Derby and have several collaborative projects with both Leicester and Derby Hospitals. I'm an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick. 


Mathematics and statistics distance learning: more than just online teaching (2021-12)
Hilliam, Rachel; Goldrei, Derek; Arrowsmith, Gaynor; Siddons, Alexander and Brown, Cath
Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 40(4) (pp. 374-391)

When one size does fit all: Simultaneous delivery of statistics teaching to multiple audiences (2021)
Hilliam, Rachel and Vines, Karen
Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 18, Article 4(2)

Mathematics and statistics distance learning: more than just online teaching (2021)
Hilliam, Rachel; Goldrei, Derek; Arrowsmith, Gaynor; Siddons, Alexander and Brown, Cath
Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA ((Early access))

Prospective Clinical Trial Comparing Trapezial Denervation With Trapeziectomy for the Surgical Treatment of Arthritis at the Base of the Thumb (2019-06)
Salibi, Andrej; Hilliam, Rachel; Burke, Frank D. and Heras-Palou, Carlos
Journal of Surgical Research, 238 (pp. 144-151)

Interactive statistics for a diverse student population (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Calvert, Carol
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 34(2) (pp. 203-210)

Academic and pastoral teams working in partnership to support distance learning students according to curriculum area (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Williams, Gareth
Higher Education Pedagogies, 4(1) (pp. 32-40)

Enhancing the student experience with the use of a dedicated subject website (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Arrowsmith, Gaynor
MSOR Connections, 17(2) (pp. 39-45)

Creating an online mathematics and statistics community of learners (2019)
Hilliam, Rachel and Goldrei, Derek
New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 14(1)

A novel device for preoperative skin preparation to reduce the risk of injury and surgical site infection during lower limb surgery (2018-05-01)
Webb, J.; Hilliam, R. and Bainbridge, L.
Journal of Perioperative Practice, 28(5) (pp. 109-114)

The Triple Whammy: Gendered Careers of Geographically Marginalised Academic STEM Women (2018)
Herman, Clem and Hilliam, Rachel
International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 10(1) (pp. 171-189)

Student feedback to improved retention: using a mixed-methods approach to extend specific feedback to a generalisable concept (2018)
Calvert, Carol and Hilliam, Rachel
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 34(1) (pp. 103-117)

Interactive Statistics: can we use experience from a large diverse student cohort to provide professional development for a wider population? (2017)
Hilliam, Rachel and Calvert, Carol
New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 12(1)

Improving retention for all students, studying mathematics as part of their chosen qualification, by using a voluntary diagnostic quiz (2016-09)
Calvert, Carol; Hilliam, Rachel and Coleman, Juliet
MSOR Connections, 14(3) (pp. 32-38)

Effectiveness of a care bundle to reduce surgical site infections in patients having open colorectal surgery (2016-04)
Tanner, J.; Kiernan, M.; Hilliam, R.; Davey, S.; Wood, T.; Ball, J. and Leaper, D.
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons England, 98(4) (pp. 270-274)

Mothers’ and grandmothers’ perceptions relating to causality, treatment and support for families of a child with a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: applying Enosis, an alternative mixed methods approach (2014-12)
Fakis, Apostolos; Hilliam, Rachel; Townend, Michael; Stoneley, Helen and Robinson, Gary
International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 8(2) (pp. 148-165)

Quantitative analysis of qualitative information from interviews: a systematic literature review (2014-04)
Fakis, Apostolos; Hilliam, Rachel; Stoneley, Helen and Townend, Michael
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8(2) (pp. 139-161)

Access to medicines by child refugees in the East Midlands region of England: a cross-sectional study (2014)
Alkahtani, S.; Cherrill, J.; Grayson, K.; Hilliam, R.; Sammons, H. and Choonara, I.
BMJ Open, 4, Article e006421(12)

A fresh look at preoperative body washing (2012-01)
Tanner, Judith; Gould, Dinah; Jenkins, Philip; Hilliam, Rachel; Mistry, Neetesh and Walsh, Susannah
Journal of Infection Prevention, 13(1) (pp. 11-15)

A quality of life measure for limb lymphoedema (LYMQOL) (2010)
Keeley, Vaughan; Crooks, Sue; Locke, Jane; Veigas, Debbie; Riches, Katie and Hilliam, Rachel
Journal of Lymphoedema, 5(1) (pp. 26-37)

A randomised controlled trial to compare postoperative pain in children undergoing tonsillectomy using cold steel dissection with bipolar heamostasis versus coblation technique (2009)
Parker, D.; Howe, L.; Unsworth, V. and Hilliam, R.
Clinical Otolaryngology, 34(3) (pp. 225-231)

Analysis of rewarming curves in Raynaud's phenomenon of various aetiologies (2009)
Salem, K. M.; Baker, M.; Hilliam, R. M.; Davies, S.; Deighton, C.; Bainbridge, L. C. and Manning, G.
Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), 34(5) (pp. 621-626)

Can a normal range of elbow movement predict a normalelbow x ray? (2007-02)
Lennon, Robert; Riyat, Manjeet S.; Hilliam, Rachel; Anathkrishnan, G. and Alderson, Gerry
Emergency Medicine Journal, 24(2) (pp. 86-88)

Statistical discrimination in the presence of selection effects (2005-04-30)
Hilliam, R. M.
Statistics in Medicine, 24(8) (pp. 1219-1232)

Chaos communication synchronization: Combatting noise by distribution transformation (2005-01)
Hilliam, Rachel M and Lawrance, Anthony J
Statistics and Computing, 15(1) (pp. 43-52)

The dynamics and statistics of bivariate chaotic maps in communications modeling (2004-04)
Hilliam, Rachel M. and Lawrance, Anthony J.
International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (IJBC), 14(4) (pp. 1177-1194)

Reducing the effect of noise on chaos synchronization without capping (2002-10-07)
Hilliam, Rachel and Lawrance, Anthony
In : International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (Oct 7-11, Xi'an, China)

A statistical perspective on the dynamics of bivariate chaotic maps for communications modelling (2001-10-28)
Hilliam, Rachel and Lawrance, Anthony
In : 2001 International Symposium on Nonlines Theory and its Applications (28 Oct - 1 Nov 2001, Miyagi, Japan)

Levine-Katz (Boston) Questionnaire analysis: means, medians or grouped totals? (2009-12)
Storey, Philip A.; Fakis, Apostolos; Hilliam, Rachel; Bradley, Mary J.; Lindau, Tommy and Burke, Frank D.